Pedestrian Safety Improvements on 5th Ave NE

Late 2017/early 2018 SDOT is making safety enhancements on 5th Ave NE between NE 115th St and NE 127th St to reduce crashes and make it easier to walk and bike in the Pinehurst neighborhood. This Vision Zero spot improvement project is part of SDOT’s plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

The planned improvements include:

  • New painted parking lanes between NE 115th St and NE 127th St
  • New flashing beacon at NE 115th St
  • New painted curb bulb on NE 125th St
  • Bike box upgrades at NE 115th ST
  • Four-hour parking restriction removal, lighting improvements, and updated street signs and markings between NE 115th St and NE 127th St

SDOT is also installing new flashing crosswalk lights to warn drivers when a pedestrian is crossing at NE 115th St. With the new Hazel Wolf K-8 school now in session on Pinehurst Way NE, flashing crosswalk lights can improve the visibility of students walking and biking to school across this busy street.

During this work, expect temporary parking restrictions and detour routes for people biking and walking. SDOT will provide advanced notification to adjacent residents and businesses prior to construction starting.

If you have questions or comments about this transportation safety work, please contact Chris Svolopoulos at (206) 684-5312 or

3 comments to Pedestrian Safety Improvements on 5th Ave NE

  • Sue Geving

    I am so excited about the pedestrian activated light on 115th. On the other hand, I have a bit of concern for the removal of parking restrictions on 5th.I think it may possible slow speeds, which is needed. My concern is there are so many driveways on that stretch.It may make it difficult for residents to get out of their driveways if people park too close. Maybe you can get the city to paint either side of your driveway while they are at it.

  • Sue Geving

    FYI Seattle Municipal Code 11.72.110 – Driveway or alley entrance

    “No person shall stand or park a vehicle in front of a public or private driveway within a street or alley or in front of or in an alley entrance or within five feet (5′) of the end of a constructed driveway return or alley entrance return, or if none, within five feet (5′) of the projection of the edge of the driveway or alley.”

    Seattle Municipal Code 11.72.120 – Driveway – Painted curb

    “The prohibited area for driveway returns described in Section 11.72.110 may be maintained with traffic yellow paint by the property owner or occupant.”

  • Sandy Pelkey

    I am so excited this is happening on 5 th ave . Yesterday on 115 th and 5 th a woman was crossing with her 2 large dogs and was almost hit by a car going way to fast . I wish they would do the same on 115 th and Roosevelt . There is a accident about every other week on that street . The cars are parked so close to the corner you can’t even tell if a car is coming on Roosevelt.

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