Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

November 9th-11th : Intersection Closure at NE 110th and 35th Ave NE

There will be a full closure of 35th Ave NE and NE 110th from Saturday, November 9 to Monday November 11. Crews will be addressing long-term drainage issues at the intersection. To minimize impact on neighboring schools, this will take place over Veterans Day weekend. Please see the attached pdf for further details on this project and detour information affecting the neighborhood roadway access.

Thornton Creek Bridge Study

This project is studying 4 bridges in the Matthews Beach neighborhood that have an average age of 65 years and are showing signs of deterioration. While still safe to use, each bridge is near the end of its useful life. The primary goal of this study is to identify feasible solutions that address long-term multimodal transportation demand.

At the drop-in sessions, you’ll be able to learn about the 4 bridges we’re studying, provide feedback, and engage with project staff. 

Below are the details of each session:

Tuesday, August 20: 5:30 – 7 PM
Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE

Wednesday, August 21: 8:30 – 10 AM
Saint Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 
3540 NE 110th St

These drop-in sessions are informal; we encourage you to come by when it’s convenient for you. If you can’t make one of these events, similar content will be posted to our project webpage as soon as August 22.

Project Overview

There are 4 bridges being studied during 2019. All the bridges cross Thornton Creek Channel:

Bridge 105 is on NE 110th St, 200 feet east of the intersection with 35th Ave NE
Bridge 115 is on 39th Ave NE, 120 feet north of the intersection with NE 105th St
Bridge 104 is on NE 105th St, at the intersection of 40th Ave NE
Bridge 109 is on 45th Ave NE, 70 feet south of the intersection with NE 97th St

Various experts have visited each bridge to study their current condition and to write a report detailing their findings. These experts examined many factors, including the structure of the bridges, the condition of the soil beneath them, the flow of the creek, and the potential environmental impacts of any work.

We will complete this study before the end of 2019 and share recommendations with the community in order to secure feedback from all interested parties.

Project Location

PDF version

Schedule

The elements of this preliminary study will be ongoing throughout 2019. They will include public meetings. The schedule for these meetings will published here once determined.

Funding

This study has been funded through early planning. Funding for design and construction will be evaluated following a review by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee.

Thornton Creek Bridge Study Outreach

DateEvent
August 21, 2019Open House – Saint Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
August 20, 2019Open House Meadowbrook Community Center
August 8, 2019Invite Mailer
April, 2019Door to door outreach

Planning Phase

Get Involved

We will be sharing information and seeking public input throughout this project. Your feedback will help ensure that designs reflect the needs of the community. To sign up for email updates on the project, please contact our communication lead, Darrell Bulmer at Darrell.Bulmer@seattle.gov.



If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at any time. 

Darrell Bulmer
Communications Lead
Pronouns: he/him/his
City of Seattle, Department of Transportation
O: 206-256-5563 | M: 206-375-5636 | darrell.bulmer@seattle.gov


Lake City Greenways memorial gathering for Jesse Gurnett

Friends:

On March 29, lifelong Lake City resident Jesse Gurnett was killed in the crosswalk at Lake City Way and NE 127th by a speeding driver, a tragedy that simply should never have occurred. Had the driver been obeying the posted speed limit, Jesse might have survived the collision–or the driver might have avoided hitting him altogether.

Here in Lake City, we live every day with the peril of having a state highway as our Main Street. Many improvements have been made on LCW, but more are needed if we want people walking to have the chance they deserve to get from here to there without injury.

On Saturday, June 22, Jesse’s family and friends will join Lake City Greenways in celebrating  Jesse’s life and honoring his memory with a gathering at the Lake City Mini Park and the intersection where Jesse lost his life. Our celebration will be followed by a meeting between community members and City officials to discuss actual, effective actions that can be taken to improve the intersection and reduce speed in the commercial core of Lake City.

Please join your neighbors and Jesse’s people for this important opportunity to honor Jesse and create a legacy of greater safety for our community. Mark your calendars for 10:00 a.m. to Noon on June 22 and look for more details to come.

Thank you–

Janine and Monica

Lake City Greenways

Thornton Creek Natural Drainage System Project

Thornton Creek Natural Drainage System Project
click to download (pdf)

SPU is working on a project to install natural drainage systems in the Thornton Creek basin. These systems consist of shallow depressions in the public right-of-way, or “planter strip,” filled with deep-rooted plants and spongy soils that temporarily hold and clean polluted stormwater from streets and sidewalks. 

Why Thornton Creek? 

Stormwater picks up pollutants from streets— including oil, heavy metals, and fertilizers— and flows into the Seattle’s creeks through ditches or pipes. Thornton Creek is a salmon-bearing urban creek with degraded water quality, and SPU is performing this work to remove pollutants from the stormwater before it reaches the creek. 

What’s Happening Now? 

We completed our technical analysis of potential locations for the natural drainage systems, and the project team is starting the design phase of this project. Throughout 2019 and 2020, our team will be engaging residents near the project site locations to share more information and gather feedback. 

Stay in the Know 

For more information about the project, please visit www.seattle.gov/utilities/environment-and-conservation/ projects/thornton-natural-drainage 

You can also reach out to SPU Project Manager, Luis Ramirez, at luis.ramirez@seattle.gov.


Share your experiences with flooding and sewer backups 
Take our survey: go.participate.online/DSA1

Seattle Public Utilities is studying flooding in the drainage and wastewater systems. Information you and your neighbors share will help us understand where the system isn’t working and plan future upgrades. Please fill out our online survey. We are especially interested in hearing from you if you have experienced flooding or sewer backups, noticed flooding in the street or sidewalk in your neighborhood, or if you own a building/house in Seattle. If you’d like a paper survey, or to complete the survey over the phone, please call (206) 274-4944. After filling out the survey, you can enter into a raffle to recieve one of several gift card prizes. 

What if I have problems now? 
  • For emergencies, call 911 
  • If you experience sewer backups or bad flooding during a storm, call our 24/7 Emergency Services line at (206) 386-1800 
  • For non-urgent plugged storm drains, use our online drain report by visiting www.seattle. gov/utilities/services/drainage-and-sewer; a crew member will respond in 3-5 business days 

Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation Project

 Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation Project 
click to download flyer (pdf)

 Meadowbrook Pond is a Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) stormwater detention and flood control facility located at 35th Ave NE, between NE 105th and 110th streets. It provides multiple stormwater benefits, including flood reduction, water quality improvement, sediment removal, and habitat improvement for Thornton Creek. In addition, Meadowbrook Pond provides wildlife habitat and open space. 

 What’s happening now? 

 In September 2018, SPU completed partial in-water removal of sediment from Meadowbrook Pond. This summer, SPU contractor crews are scheduled to perform dredging work in the southwest portion of the pond where most of the sediment accumulates. Crews are expected to begin mobilizing as early as late May, and in-water construction for this project is permitted from early July through September. Dredging is expected to take less than that time, and site restoration should be complete by the end of the summer. SPU will update the community about project schedule and anticipated construction impacts. 

SPU also plans to dredge Lake City Pond, which is another stormwater detention and flood control facility located near NE 125th St and 35th Ave NE. This work will help reduce sediment in Thornton Creek upstream from Meadowbrook Pond. 

*Note, schedule is subject to change due to permitting and other factors. 

 Stay in the Know 

 For more information about the project and to sign up for the project email list, please visit: 

www.seattle.gov/utilities/environment-and-conservation/projects/meadowbrook-pond-facility-rehabilitation 

You can also reach out to SPU Project Manager, Jonathan Brown, at jonathan.brown@seattle.gov.


Share your experiences with flooding and sewer backups 

Take our survey: go.participate.online/DSA1

Seattle Public Utilities is studying flooding in the drainage and wastewater systems. Information you and your neighbors share will help us understand where the system isn’t working and plan future upgrades. Please fill out our online survey. We are especially interested in hearing from you if you have experienced flooding or sewer backups, noticed flooding in the street or sidewalk in your neighborhood, or if you own a building/house in Seattle. If you’d like a paper survey, or to complete the survey over the phone, please call (206) 274-4944. After filling out the survey, you can enter into a raffle to recieve one of several gift card prizes. 

What if I have problems now? 
  • For emergencies, call 911 
  • If you experience sewer backups or bad flooding during a storm, call our 24/7 Emergency Services line at (206) 386-1800 
  • For non-urgent plugged storm drains, use our online drain report by visiting www.seattle. gov/utilities/services/drainage-and-sewer; a crew member will respond in 3-5 business days 

35th Ave NE Project: Construction Update (5/7/19)

Overview of upcoming work as of May 7, 2019

Night work for final striping on 35th Ave NE begins tonight, Tuesday, May 7 and continues for the next several weeks

Due to the anticipated daytime temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s for the next several weeks, our contractor needs to install final striping on 35th Ave NE at night. Higher temperatures can cause new paint to take longer to cure and is harder to clean up if a vehicle drives through it. Crews will begin work between NE 47th and 75th streets. Once complete, crews will continue working at night between NE 75th and 91st streets.

We are working to minimize impacts wherever feasible and 35th will remain open with one lane in each direction during the work. Please read below for what to expect while striping takes place: 

  • Nighttime hours: 7 PM to 7 AM, Monday through Friday
  • 1 lane of traffic in both directions will be maintained at all times: Uniformed police officers (UPOs) and flaggers will direct traffic around the work area
  • Parking will be restricted along the corridor to maintain a safe work area
  • Noise and vibrations during final striping installation at night are expected to be slightly louder than typical traffic but not as loud as nighttime paving. 
  • All sidewalks will remain open for people walking 

If you have questions or concerns about the work, please contact our project information line, 206-512-3950, as soon as possible and we will do our best to minimize impacts whenever feasible.

Driveways will remain accessible, but you may experience intermittent delays while paint is drying:

Uniformed police officers (UPOs) and flaggers may re-direct you to avoid driving on fresh paint when trying to access a driveway. Fresh paint that has been driven on is difficult to clean up and harmful to vehicles.

If you have concerns about accessing your driveway during nighttime work, please park on side streets and walk to your residence or business.

25th Ave NE Paving Project
Paving for the 25th Ave NE Paving Project is now complete! Please see our construction email update archive for more information about what to expect for the remaining work. 

Stay informed

You can find more background about this project on our webpage. Please forward this email to those you think will be interested or share this link to sign up to receive construction updates by email. If you have questions, please contact us at 35thAvePaving@seattle.gov or 206-512-3950.

Contact
35th Ave NE Project Outreach Team
Seattle Department of Transportation
Construction information line: (206) 512-3950
35thAvePaving@seattle.gov
www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thNEpaving.htm

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Nathan Hale High School 2019 Spring Edible & Ornamental Plant Sale – May 10/11

Dear Friends of Nathan Hale’s Horticulture Program—

Our 2019 Spring Edible and Ornamental Plant Sale is right around the corner!

We are having a special Early Bird Event on May 10 from 4 -8 pm, and a public sale on May 11 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Tickets for the Early Bird Event are available on the Brown Paper Tickets website.  Get your tickets soon—quantities are limited!

We welcome gardeners from all over the city and beyond to come and enjoy Nathan Hale Urban Farm, our students and our well-priced plants!  Please visit our website to get our plant inventory list, driving directions and learn more about Nathan Hale Urban Farm:  nathanhaleurbanfarm.org   You can also learn more about our program by watching this recent spot on KIRO TV with reporter Deborah Horne.

We hope you will join us on May 10 and 11 for the sale.  We would really appreciate it if you would forward this message to your plant-loving colleagues, friends and family members.

Location: Greenhouse/Urban Farm are north of  Jane Addams Middle School parking lot.  Entrance  at 113th  St. and 31st  Ave, NE

Thank you,

Jessica Torvik, President

Friends of Nathan Hale Horticulture and Urban Farm

Grow Hale

Closure on the Burke-Gilman Trail May 6

Trail closed between 42nd Pl NE and 40th Ave NE

A contractor working with King County Parks will be removing six hazardous trees leaning  out along the trail. The project is expected to take one full day to complete and will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019 and be complete by 7 p.m.

Trail users may opt to use Riviera Place NE as a bypass for the duration of the closure. We ask that all trail users please obey all posted trail closure signs as the trail is narrow and the edge drops off quickly around the work site.

BGT tree removal area

Please call 206-477-4527 or email parksinfo@kingcounty.gov with any questions or concerns.

A new design for 35th

Since planning for the 35th Ave NE Project began in 2016, we’ve heard from many people advocating for safer ways to travel in northeast Seattle. We appreciate everyone who has reached out to share their thoughts, concerns, and support for the proposed safety enhancements.  

When the project began, the goal was to better organize the street, increasing safety for everyone.  To meet this goal, we proposed a design that included bike lanes consistent with recommendations in the Bike Master Plan adopted by City Council in 2014.

In response to the feedback we heard about the design, and based on industry best practices, data analysis, and continued conversations with the community, we’ve chosen to move forward with a new design that includes 1 travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane (north of 65th) and parking maintained on the east side of the street (between NE 47th and NE 85th streets). In addition, we will be making enhancements to the neighborhood greenway on 39th Ave NE.

Better street design can lead to safer streets. The new design helps us improve safety and operations for all travelers on 35th by providing a dedicated space for turning vehicles. We’ve seen decreased vehicle speeds and decreased collision rates on streets with 1 lane in each direction and a center turn lane. Examples include NE 75th StNE 125th St, and Nickerson St. By slowing vehicle speeds and better defining the travel lanes, this helps increase safety for everyone on 35th, including people crossing the street.   

The new design will also allow efficient transit travel through the corridor with southbound buses making in-lane stops at the curb. Based on community feedback, the new design keeps the northbound and southbound bus stops at NE 68th St for riders wanting access at this important location. 

New design description
NE 47th St to NE 65th St Parking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides One lane in each direction No center turn lane given the narrow width of the roadNE 65th St to NE 85th StParking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides One lane in each direction Center turn lane NE 85th St to NE 89th St Parking will be maintained on both sides of the street One lane in each directionCenter turn lane Throughout the corridorPedestrian crossing improvements at 60th St and 80th St, with further evaluation of additional requests after the project is complete New left-turn pockets at NE 75th St as well as space for left-turning vehicles to pull out of the travel lane at many other intersectionsSignage and crossing enhancements on the 39th Ave NE greenway New load zones and short-term parking changes, in coordination with nearby businesses
How did we get here?
Throughout the lifetime of this project, we have continued to receive feedback about the original design and participated in additional conversations with community members for and against this project in an attempt to find common ground. We have heard consistently that safety along this corridor is the neighborhood’s number one priority.   
With a year’s worth of comments, targeted outreach, and additional analysis, we have chosen a new design that reflects the neighborhood priority to enhance safety along 35th. While there would be no protected bike lanes on 35th, people riding in the street would still benefit from slower vehicle speeds and clearly defined travel lanes. We will also be making enhancements to the parallel neighborhood greenway on 39th Ave NE that provides a route for people that prefer to bike on a quieter street. 

To make space for the center turn lane, parking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides.  Throughout this project, we’ve worked with businesses and religious organizations along 35th to better understand parking, loading, and access needs. With the new design, we have decided to prioritize parking on the east side of the street. This decision is based on community feedback and the location of several existing load zones and ADA parking spaces on the east side of the street. We’ve heard that these spaces are critical for people with limited mobility that are attending services at the religious institutions on 35th.
  
What’s next?
We are moving forward to implement this new design in order to improve safety for everyone. The design is conceptual and still needs to be further developed. We’ll share additional details with the community in the coming weeks.

The new design addresses many concerns we’ve heard from the community however, we’ve also heard requests for additional enhancements along the corridor. SDOT is evaluating these requests and will share more information as we have it. We hope to continue developing a strong relationship with community members to help us take a holistic look at future transportation and mobility projects in northeast Seattle. 
 
Construction to resume as early as April 8
Crews plan to return to the project corridor to resume construction activities, including grinding and paving between NE 75th St and NE 89th St as early as April 8. We’ll  share more details about these construction activities in our next email update.
Stay informed
You can find more background about this project on our webpage. Please forward this email to those you think will be interested or share this link to sign up to receive construction updates by email. If you have questions, please contact us at 35thAvePaving@seattle.gov or 206-512-3950.
 
Contact
35th Ave NE Project Outreach Team
Seattle Department of Transportation
Construction information line: (206) 512-3950
35thAvePaving@seattle.gov
www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thNEpaving.htm