Draft Trees and Sidewalks Operations Plan Ready for Comments

SidewalkSo you’re out for a stroll in the neighborhood and you come across a sidewalk that’s starting to buckle. As you take a closer look, it’s easy to tell that the roots of the large, beautiful tree next to the sidewalk are the cause of the problem.

Street trees and sidewalks both play vital roles in the public realm, helping to make Seattle more livable and sustain our quality of life. It’s not unusual to find examples of trees and sidewalks in conflict, especially in older neighborhoods with more mature trees.

But what to do? No one wants to lose a tree, but we need our sidewalks to be flat enough and wide enough for people to use.

The purpose of the Seattle Department of Transportation operations plan is to be clear about SDOT’s responsibilities and processes and to provide guidance on installation, repair, and maintenance of sidewalks and street trees in Seattle. The plan includes the following sections:

  • Best practices research from around the country that can inform the work SDOT does in Seattle;
  • A transparent decision process that explains how SDOT makes choices about keeping or removing a tree;
  • A toolkit of solutions SDOT can use to plant and retain healthy trees and provide accessible sidewalks; and
  • Three case studies that put the decision process and tools to the test.

The operations plan is available for review on SDOT’s website, at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/treesandsidewalks.htm

All comments are welcome and must be received by Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Please take a minute to look through the plan and share your thoughts.



Pinehurst Picks


Please feel free to send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – you see on your walks around the neighborhood to info@pinehurstseattle.org.

NW Solar Now Workshop January 27


Housing Availability Survey

HouseAndAppleTreeLet the city know your thoughts on housing affordability and livability in Seattle. Take the survey here:


Sound Transit Station at 130th

soundtransitjpgHere is an update on the possibilities for a Sound Transit station at 130th. It’s from Roger Iwata, Community Outreach Corridor Lead; Sound Transit Design, Engineering & Construction Management:

Although stations at NE 130th and 220th St. SW (Mountlake Terrace) were not part of the preferred alternative the Board identified in late 2013, there was enough public interest in both stations the Board directed staff to continue the analysis of them through the environmental review process and Final EIS.  While the identification of the preferred alternative does not remove any route or station previously reviewed in the Draft EIS from consideration, the additional information and analysis of these two stations will help inform the Board when they select the project to be built early next year and after the Final EIS is published.

There are many potential outcomes related to any future Board action on both stations but I think after receiving community input they could decide to:

·         Identify additional funding and build one or both stations during the current phase of the project

·         Build enough of the station infrastructure during this phase (to not disrupt future train operations) and retain the option of adding either station in the future or,

·         Not build either station or the future station infrastructure during this phase of the project.

So it would be accurate to say the Board is continuing to look at the potential for stations at NE 130th and 220th St. SW and a decision on both stations is expected in early 2015 after the results of the Final EIS are evaluated and input from each jurisdiction and the public has been received.  We will be sure to let folks know when the Final EIS is available and when there is an opportunity to provide comments to the Board prior to their final decision on route and stations.”

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for December 2014


This month there was no guest speaker. Instead, we had reports from the four focus groups charged with selecting and solving specific north end hot spot problems. These groups were set up in response to the NP Captain’s survey that asked us to tell him what our public safety fears and concerns are. The groups are:

  • Drugs/Anti-Crime
  • Transportation/Mobility safety
  • Human Services
  • Street lighting

Each group is comprised of  a few volunteer NPAC members and an SPD lieutenant. The NPAC members choose a problem and the SPD officer mobilizes SPD as needed. Then the entire team plus the community in which the problem resides work together, including requesting City services as needed.

The first project of the Drugs/Anti-Crime group was a big success. There was a nuisance house at Burke and 137th – drug dealing, rats, garbage in the yard, etc. The focus group worked with police, the bank (the house was in foreclosure) and the community club. The community club raised money to hire a lawyer to evict them. The police made almost daily visits to keep their eye on and discourage the activities. It took several months, but it worked!

If you know of any specific public safety issues that a coordinated effort might solve, let us know at nancy@pinehurstseattle.org. I can submit them to the appropriate focus group.

The entire meeting minutes are here.

Pinehurst Picks

We have a nice winter garden here -



Please feel free to send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – you see on your walks around the neighborhood to info@pinehurstseattle.org.

November 2014 Pinehurst Crime Map

Here is a partial picture of Pinehurst property crime for the month. Click on the map to enlarge it.

You can see ALL the types of crime at http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/policereports.aspx. Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.


Northgate Way Improvements Completed


SDOT Safety Review of 5th Ave NE

Update from SDOT’s Dongho Chang  on their safety review of 5th Ave NE (after the tragic accident in April that took the life of Sandhya Khadka):

“I have conducted a safety review of the corridor on 5th Avenue NE between NE 130th Street and NE Northgate Way (NE 110th Street). 5th Avenue NE is classified as a collector arterial street with a 30 mph speed limit. The segment is approximately one mile in length, generally has a 60 feet right of way with 40 feet roadway (parking permitted on both sides, one lane of traffic in each direction, planting strip/sidewalks/curbs/lighting), and widens to 90 feet right of way near 112th Street with 66 feet roadway. Metro routes 41 and 242 serve the community with stops on 5th Avenue NE. There are marked crosswalks at NE 130th St, NE 123rd St, NE 117th St, NE 115th St, NE 112th St, and NE Northgate Way. 5th Avenue NE carries 12,800 vehicles per day just north of NE Northgate Way.

A total 45 reported collisions occurred during the latest three year period within this one mile section (which is relatively low compared with other arterial streets).

  • Two most common collision types are angle (18 total, 40% of the collisions) and rear-end (9 total, 20% of the collisions).
  • Most of the angle collisions occurred at the intersections of 5th Ave NE and NE 125th St (8 collisions) and at 5th Ave NE and the NE 130th St off-ramp (5 collisions). These two locations also had the highest number of total collision in the segment.
  • One pedestrian collision occurred at NE 115th Street resulting in a fatality. (A vehicle backing up and striking another car at 127th Street is mislabeled as a pedestrian collision in the summary report. We will correct this in our database).

The collision review indicates that 5th Avenue NE at NE 125th Street and NE 130th Street need additional attention. The angle collisions at NE 125th Street all involved westbound NE 125th Street drivers colliding with northbound 5th Avenue NE drivers. We will review sightlines to reduce these collisions. The collisions occurring between I-5 off ramp and NE 130th Street involve off ramp drivers colliding with 5th Avenue NE drivers. We will be working with Sound Transit to reconfigure the off ramp as part of the light rail project to eliminate these type of collisions at this location.”