The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is planning changes along Dexter Avenue N between Roy Street and Fremont Avenue N in 2011. This project is funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006 and is expected to help ease congestion caused by car, bus and bicyclist overlaps. This project will also improve the pavement condition by repaving the street.
Specifically the work is expected to:
- Install a buffered bike lane on each side of the street
- Remove the two-way left turn lane
- Provide dedicated left-turn lanes at busy intersections
- Provide dedicated load zones for businesses that need them
- Provide in-lane bus stops to improve transit speed and reliability
- Install dedicated bus islands
- Install street lighting upgrades
- Construct new and upgraded curb ramps
- Construct sidewalk improvements
- Install drainage upgrades
Roadwork is scheduled to begin in March and will begin just across the Fremont Bridge, spanning Fremont Avenue N (Fourth Avenue N) to McGraw Street. That phase is expected to last 2-3 months.
During construction, you can be expected to experience lane closures, left turn restrictions, pedestrian detours, parking and loading restrictions and instances of weekday and night work.
For more information on this project, visit the SDOT web site.