This project will enhance mobility and safety for people walking, biking, driving, and taking transit on 120th Avenue NE, between Northeast 16th Street and Northup Way. It would be a continuation of previous corridor upgrades -- between Northeast Fourth and Northeast 16th streets -- that were completed in three phases from 2013 to 2018. Like the earlier work, this fourth phase would support growth and redevelopment in the Bel-Red and Wilburton areas. The Improvements are being planned in coordination with Sound Transit’s East Link light rail project.
Design work is happening through a Three Party Agreement approved in 2015. An evaluation is being coordinated with a planned Transit-Oriented Development near Sound Transit’s Operations and Maintenance Facility-East, located on the west side of 120th Avenue Northeast. Design elements (image of proposed design) that will be considered in the feasibility study include:
- Widening the road from two to up to four through lanes, with a center lane that can be configured as needed to improve safety and vehicle circulation
- New pedestrian and bicycle facilities on both sides of the street, providing safe access to the future light rail station and nearby trail
- Removal and replacement of the existing Kelsey Creek West Tributary culvert under the roadway to allow improved passage for fish and other wildlife and associated stream restoration
- Upgrade utility and stormwater facilities
- Improve traffic signals, street lighting, landscaping, retaining walls and signage
- Update pavement and striping
Design for this phase is anticipated to be complete in late 2022. Funding for right-of-way property acquisition and construction has not yet been secured.
Public feedback informs project design
An online open house for this project was held March 29-April 16, 2021 as an opportunity for public feedback on preliminary design concepts for roadway sections, a trail crossing and urban design features. A summary report was published in May. General themes gathered from the online survey include:
- Desire for more connections to regional trails
- Preference for interpretive signs for natural areas
- Preference for existing planter beds on both sides of sidewalk on 120th Avenue NE
- Preference for retaining wall design as metal mesh on green screen mounted on concrete wall
- 2020-2021: Work on project design to achieve 60% level of completion
- 2022: Complete design work
- 2023-2024: Project construction (right-of-way acquisition and construction are not currently funded)
Engineering design (to 60% level of completion) and coordination of work is funded by the City’s Capital Investment Program and estimated at approximately $3 million. The remaining design work will be funded with $1.46 million from the Puget Sound Regional Council- Surface Transportation Program. Right-of-way acquisition and construction are not currently funded. Approved 2021-2027 Capital Investment Program Budget Sheet.