The Seattle Department of Transportation started the construction of the NE 65th Street cycle track and pedestrian improvements on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The project will provide a dedicated 10-foot wide area on the street for people of all ages and abilities to ride bicycles, separated from vehicle traffic by curbing and a sturdy metal lane separator.
It will also provide new curb ramps for people with strollers, wheelchairs, and other mobility challenges; a curb extension on the east side of the intersection to shorten the crossing distance of NE 65th Street, better aligned crosswalks; larger waiting areas; and improved drainage. Emergency vehicle access and driveway access will be maintained. Parking will be consolidated to the north side of the street by removing parking on the south side of the street.
With these improvements, the City hope to create a safe, family-friendly connection between the Burke-Gilman Trail and Magnuson Park.
Construction is expected to last about four weeks, weather permitting.