Number of lanes to be reduced on Greenwood Avenue North
The city of Seattle is putting Greenwood Avenue North on a "road diet," reducing the number of lanes and adding turn lanes and bicycle lanes.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The city of Seattle is putting Greenwood Avenue on a diet.
A road diet.
Beginning in October, it will re-stripe Greenwood Avenue North between North 85th Street and North 105th Street, turning the four-lane road into two lanes, with a center turn lane and a bicycle lane.
The change was requested by the neighborhood as part of its neighborhood plan, said Marybeth Turner with the Seattle Department of Transportation. It also is part of the city's bicycle master plan.
She said about 12,600 vehicles drive the route each day.
It's the latest in road diets the city has been doing over the past few years, some controversial. There have been 26 new street configurations since 1972.
The city says the change on Greenwood will improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce vehicle speeds and collisions and maintain capacity.
The project, which the city hopes to complete this year, is financed by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by voters in 2006.
The city said the Greenwood project has fueled few complaints, unlike similar projects elsewhere, including Nickerson Street changes and a proposed diet on Northeast 125th Street.
On Greenwood, city officials say traffic should improve because the new configuration will remove left-turning vehicles from the travel lane by offering a center turn lane. Officials say it will also make it easier for pedestrians to cross the street since they'll be crossing three lanes, not four.
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