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Green Lake Outer Loop

Updated: December 7, 2022

What's Happening Now?

We have completed all major construction on the Green Lake Outer Loop, and it is now open for use. Building off two recently completed projects, Green Lake and Wallingford Multimodal Paving Project and the biking path on W Green Lake Way N, we now have a full outer loop that provides more travel options for people walking, running, biking, and better connections to surrounding neighborhoods.

Please keep an eye out for future improvements happening in the area:

  • We are planning to install two new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons on Winona and N 77th and another one on N 76th. This is scheduled to happen in 2023. 
  • Seattle City Light (SCL) is planning to do some work on W Green Lake Dr N and Auror Ave N. This work includes installing lighting and select curb ramp improvements. They will be coordinating installation with us in 2023. 
     

Thank you!

Thank you so much for your patience, understanding, and collaboration as we completed these necessary roadway improvements.

 For past project updates, please check our email update archive, and project materials  for additional background. As the major work on our project is now complete, our project email and voicemail line will no longer be in service.

 The best way to contact us is through SDOT's general information line:

  • Call 206-684-ROAD (7623)
  • Email 684-Road@seattle.gov

 Project Overview


The Green Lake Outer Loop is a connected outer path around Green Lake Park. This outer loop provides more travel options for people walking, running, biking, and create better connections to surrounding neighborhoods. 

As a part of this effort, we also worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation to plan for better biking, walking, and rolling alternatives to the inner park loop. 

To be consistent with ADA standards, Green Lake Outer Loop is a Bike Facility and will be marked with our standard bike facility signs and markings. The Green Lake Outer Loop will be considered a pathway that bikes, scooters, roller blades, and other modes of active transportation will be allowed to use.

Project Map

Project Map

Previous Updates

We worked in coordination with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Seattle Parks and Recreation, and adjacent stakeholders and are excited to share our updated design with community. These changes were made based on input we heard from our online open houses, survey, community meetings and more. You can view the updated plans here.

Key updates based on your feedback:

  • Updated design at the N 63rd St merge onto Aurora Ave N: We have updated the design to maximize the sight lines southward down Aurora Ave N by moving the stop sign farther north, maintaining more space to turn, and are working on a speed limit reduction to 30 MPH on Aurora Ave from Whitman to Winona in coordination with WSDOT.
  • Increased pedestrian access and traffic calming in the Winona Triangle neighborhood: We are proposing parking restrictions with signs and markings, which help keep crossings and ramps open for pedestrian access, more bike markings to connect across Winona with upgraded ramps, and a double flashing beacon.
  • Other updates throughout the project area include:
    • Adjustments to driveway posts and markings to ensure neighbor access.
    • Adjusted sign placement and increased wayfinding signs to help vehicles access the park using the arterial streets.
    • Adjusting parking lane widths to maximize space where feasible.
    • Reconfiguration of intersection at Winona/77th/West Green Lake Drive N to better delineate bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle movements.
    • Clearer connections to existing bike lanes at either end of the project area.
  • Additional pedestrian crossing on Winona Ave N: We are currently working on incorporating an additional crossing as part of the construction. However, depending on material availability, it is likely to be phased in stages and completed in 2023.

Outer Loop Designs

Aurora Ave N & W Green Lake Way N

Aurora Ave N & W Green Lake Way N

W Green Lake Way N & N 63rd St

W Green Lake Way N & N 63rd St

Aurora Ave N & W Green Lake Dr N

Aurora Ave N & W Green Lake Dr N

Aurora Ave N & Keen Way N

Aurora Ave N & Keen Way N

Winona Ave N & N 77th St

Winona Ave N & N 77th St

Winona Ave N & N 77th St & W Green Lake Dr N

Winona Ave N & N 77th St & W Green Lake Dr N

Project Background

Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved regional parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the region.  

Based on community feedback, Vision Zero safety goals, and desire to provide more travel options, we're building off two recently completed projects around Green Lake (Green Lake and Wallingford Multimodal Paving Project and shared walking and biking path on W Green Lake Way N) to create more travel options for people to safely walk, run, and bike around the lake and connect our neighborhoods.   

Context Map

Context Map

Designs and Renderings

Segment 1: Aurora Ave N

New path between N 63rd St and W Green Lake Dr N along the on-ramp and Aurora Ave N. 

Segment 1 Aurora Ave N Outer Loop path rendering

Image above: Segment 1 Aurora Ave N Outer Loop path rendering

Segment 2: W Green Lake Dr N

Segment 2 W Green Lake Dr N Outer Loop path rendering

Image above: Segment 2 W Green Lake Dr N Outer Loop path rendering

W Green Lake Dr N (looking north) street layout graphic

Image above: W Green Lake Dr N (looking north) street layout graphic

Context Map

A context map of the Green Lake Outer Loop work in relation to Seattle as a whole.

    Schedule

    Fall 2021: Outreach and community engagement for Aurora and W Green Lake Dr N segments 

    November 2021: Online Open House 

    November 10 - Decmber 6 Green Lake Outer Loop Survey

    Winter 2022: Collect traffic data, conduct traffic analysis, continue engagement, including participating in existing community group meetings; consider funding sources

    Winter/Spring 2022: Aurora Ave N Corridor Design Study Launches

    Spring 2022: Review community engagement feedback and traffic analysis results, work with WSDOT, draft a design

    Early/spring 2022: Additional community engagement to share latest proposed designs and request more community feedback. (Feb. 22 online open house completed; we will continue to share project updates as new information becomes available)  

    Summer/Fall 2022: Construction could begin as early as mid-2022 

    Funding

    Funding for the Green Lake Outer Loop project came from the Levy to Move Seattle and our Vision Zero Program, which prioritized this project due to its safety benefits and potential to address recent collisions that have occurred in this area. As we continue to re-envision Aurora Ave N, the completion of the Green Lake Outer Loop project is an exciting achievement of transforming street area into a people-focused space that connects neighborhoods and provides more transportation options for the community.

    Materials

    Designs

    Green Lake Outer Loop FAQ – February 2022

    February 22 Online Open House Materials

    November - December 2021 Survey

    SDOT Blog post

    November 9 Online Open House Materials

    November 9 Online Open House Summary

    Listserv Archive

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    Transportation

    Greg Spotts, Director
    Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
    Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
    Phone: (206) 684-7623
    684-Road@seattle.gov

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