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    15th Street Construction Update
    Posted on 09/11/2020

    For more information about the 15th Ave NE Paving Project, please visit the City of Seattle website.

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    As soon as September 14, work will begin on 15th Ave NE between NE 55th St and Lake City Way NE to make the road safer and more comfortable to travel on, and to extend the useful life of the pavement. This project also provides opportunities to cost effectively update street designs to promote safety, and to build features required in citywide transportation plans.


    • Sidewalk repair and curb ramp upgrades.
    • Removal of peak-hour parking restrictions to make parking available 24/7 on 1 side of the street.
    • Protected bike lanes.
    • Exclusive left-turn pockets and signals.
    • Stormwater drainage improvements.
    • Safe Routes to School and Seattle Neighborhood Greenway crossing improvements at Roosevelt High School.


    We’re committed to working closely with project neighbors during construction and will:

    Be available for questions

    Provide advance notice about construction through email updates and other promotions

    Ensure project signage is clear and effective to encourage safety and caution near active work zones


    • Potholing to confirm underground utility locations.
    • Seattle Public Utilities water main and service pipe upgrades that require temporary shutdowns. Affected residents will be notified in advance.
    • Seattle Public Utility sewer main extension

    Another feature of this project includes roadway changes near Roosevelt High School along NE 68th St and NE 66th St, between 12th Ave NE and 15th Ave NE (see image on reverse).

    Changes include:

    NE 68TH ST:

    • Currently: One-way westbound
    • Changing to: One-way eastbound

    NE 66TH ST

    • Currently: One-way eastbound
    • Changing to: One-way westbound

    Typical construction hours are weekdays, 7 AM to 5 PM, with occasional weekend and night work. SDOT will coordinate utility work with Seattle Public Utilities, and residents who are affected by utility outages will receive advanced notification. Other expected construction effects:

    • Driveway impacts.
    • Noise and vibration.
    • Street and/or lane closures.
    • Dust and debris.
    • Construction staging and parking impacts near the work sites.
    • Crosswalk and sidewalk closures, and detours for people walking and biking.


    15th Ave NE is a minor arterial serving northeast Seattle. Approximately 10,000 vehicles travel this street on an average day. This corridor connects the University District, Ravenna, and Maple Leaf neighborhoods, and is a major transit street, serving King County Metro routes 71, 73, and 373. This section of 15th Ave NE is home to houses, apartment buildings, businesses, and Roosevelt High School.


    Work is scheduled to begin in September 2020 and to be complete in early 2022.


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    Call our construction hotline at (206) 775-8718 or email us at

    As a part of the 15th Ave NE Paving Project, a new water main will be installed between NE 70th St and NE 75th St. Some residential water service pipes will also be upgraded. To safely complete this work, 4 temporary water outages are scheduled. Customers impacted by the outages will be notified directly by Seattle Public Utilities at least 2 days in advance.

    For questions or concerns about the water main work, contact Valerie Tokumoto at Valerie. or (206) 233-5152.

    For questions about your water service, please contact SPU’s 24/7 Operations Response Center at (206) 386-1800.