Fresh pavement coming to Ravenna Blvd

This just in from Seattle Department of Transportation: N.E. Ravenna Blvd. Paving Project Begins March 21! This tooth-rattling, pothole-ridden road with faded markings is on my commute, so I'm extra, extra excited about the upcoming fresh pavement, though I wish it could be complete in time for Bike Month. Ah well, I'm happy it's finally going to get repaved, and I'm guessing all of you who bike on it slalom the divots daily are as well.

Work will begin March 21 on the Seattle Department of Transportation’s project to repave N.E. Ravenna Blvd., between Green Lake and 15th Ave. N.E. Work will start on westbound N.E. Ravenna Blvd. near Woodlawn Avenue N.

Work includes grinding and removing the existing asphalt roadway, repairing areas of the concrete roadway base, repaving, upgrading pedestrian curb ramps and building a curb bulb at E. Green Lake Drive N. and N.E. 71st Street. Work is expected to be completed by the end of summer, dependant on weather conditions.

To minimize construction impacts, work will be divided into two phases. Phase one is on N.E. Ravenna Blvd. between Green Lake and I-5 (from E. Green Lake Drive N. to 8th Avenue N.E). Crews will start work on the westbound side of the street before moving to the eastbound side. Phase two is on N.E. Ravenna Blvd. from I-5 to 15th Avenue N.E (from 8th Ave NE to 15th NE). Crews will similarly begin work on the westbound side of the street and then move to the eastbound side of the street.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays with occasional night work. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in work zones, on one side of the street at a time. There will also be complete closures of one or more blocks, on one side of the street at a time, at times during construction. The bike lane will be closed at times; appropriate signage will be used to guide bicyclists through or around the work zone.

Access to businesses and residences will be maintained, but there will be temporary restrictions to on-street parking and loading.

For more information on the N.E, Ravenna Blvd. Paving Project, visit SDOT’s project website.

M.J. Kelly
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