Pinehurst Way NE and NE 117th St Intersection And Sidewalk Project

Februrary 9, 2022

What's happening now?

Concrete strike update

There is an ongoing general strike of concrete drivers and concrete plant workers in the Seattle area that involves companies that supply us with concrete for our many active construction projects. This project, and several others, have had to pause concrete paving work until the strike is resolved.

This is a challenge and SDOT supports a fair resolution among the parties. In the near term, we're continuing other project work at the site and behind the scenes and will be sure to share more about the strike outcome and any impacts to this project as information becomes available. SDOT remains hopeful that this issue will be resolved soon.

Questions about the project?

Email us at NE117thPinehurst@seattle.gov or leave a voicemail at (206) 450-0838.

Project Overview

We've been working with the Pinehurst neighborhood to redesign the intersection at Pinehurst Way NE and NE 117th St. As a project identified by the community through the Your Voice, Your Choice program, our goals are to enhance safety and mobility while improving access to Hazel Wolf K-8 School. 

Pinehurst Way NE and NE 117th St contains two north-south arterials (Pinehurst Way NE and 15th Ave NE) crossed by an east-west non-arterial (NE 117th St), creating a complex junction of three intersections. The intersection has multiple visibility, channelization, and crossing challenges for people walking, biking, and driving. NE 117th St is also a future neighborhood greenway route that will connect people walking and biking between Olympic Hills, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf, Hazel Wolf K-8 nearby, and the future Northgate Link light rail station. 

In addition to the intersection reconfiguration, we are planning to further improve walking routes to Hazel Wolf K-8 with a new sidewalk on the south side of NE 117th St between Roosevelt Way NE and 12th Ave NE. 

Project Background

Upgrades to Pinehurst Way NE and NE 117th St were first proposed by Hazel Wolf K-8 School and neighborhood residents. Following a successful Your Voice, Your Choice application to design improvements at this intersection, we studied traffic data at this location, which showed a pattern of collisions that could be resolved through a redesign of the intersection. We prioritize these "high collision locations" and put resources toward improving them as soon as possible. Improvements for all modes at this intersection provides a more convenient walking and biking connection to Hazel Wolf K-8 and a connection along the future Pinehurst Neighborhood Greenway.

Project Elements

  • Install new traffic signals to improve pedestrian and bike crossings and improve traffic flow on Pinehurst Way NE and 15th Ave NE
  • Re-configure intersection layout, install marked crosswalks and medians to provide safe and comfortable crossings
  • Restrict turning movements to reduce congestion and potential conflicts
  • Create a connection for the future Pinehurst Neighborhood Greenway and the future Northgate Link light rail station
  • Construct a new block of sidewalk on the south side of NE 117th St between Roosevelt Way NE and 12th Ave NE
  • Reduce the number of collisions
  • Increase safety and predictability for all travelers

Project Area

NE 117th and Pinehurst intersection existing condition
Current condition at intersection of NE 117th St and Pinehurst Way NE.

Proposed improvements at NE 117th St and Pinehurst Way
Proposed improvements at intersection of NE 117th St and Pinehurst Way NE. 

Schedule

Construction will begin as soon as October 2021.

Funding

This project is funded by a WSDOT Safe Routes to School grant and the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Learn more about the levy at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle.

Materials

Drop-In Session Boards (May 2019)

Context Map

Collisions Map

Proposed Changes

Proposed Turn Restrictions

Project Factsheet (February 2019)

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Chinese (中文)

Pinehurst Safe Routes to School Presentation to Pinehurst Community Council (March 2018)

Your Voice, Your Choice Mailer (January 2018)