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2019 Summer Construction Projects

Post Date:03/26/2019 4:46 pm

It is often said there are two seasons, winter and road construction. Shoreline will have a relatively busy road construction season this year. As with any kind of road construction, you can expect traffic delays and temporary lane closures from time to time. To ensure your safety and the safety of work crews, we ask that you be patient while we complete construction work and plan your driving routes accordingly. Here’s what to expect this spring and summer:

Meridian Avenue & N 155th Street Intersection Improvements

The aging traffic signal system at this intersection will be replaced with new signals, poles, signal controller, and improved vehicle detection. Also, to improve pedestrian safety, the radius of the curbs at the corners will be decreased requiring drivers to slow more for right turns. We will reconstruct the curb ramps at all four corners to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and the intersection will be fully re-paved.

Funds: $450,000 Federal grant and money from City’s Road Capital Fund
Timeline: Mid-April through July
Contact: Lea Bonebrake, (206) 801-2475,

NE 175th Street Pavement Preservation

If you use NE 175th between Interstate 5 and 15th Avenue NE you’ve probably noticed that areas of the paving tend to soften during hot weather in the summer. This is due to excess oil content in the pavement. To resolve this issue, we will re-pave this entire stretch of NE 175th Street. Additionally, traffic flow through the NE 175th/15th Avenue NE intersection will be improved by adding a right-turn lane from eastbound 175th to southbound 15th Avenue NE. We will also adjust signal timing. As in all City street projects, curb ramps and sidewalks will be reconstructed where necessary to meet ADA standards.

Funds: Road Surface Maintenance Program - Vehicle License Fee
Timeline: May through August
Contact: Eduardo Aban, (206) 801-2474,

Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program

This is a new, City-wide program to repair and rehabilitate aging sidewalks, curb ramps, and other pedestrian facilities to meet ADA standards. The program is funded by the additional $20 vehicle license fee passed by the City Council in 2018. Although much of 2019 will be spent in program development, you may notice spot repair or replacement of curb ramps that do not comply with ADA standards; replacement of broken sidewalk and driveway panels; and other pedestrian facilities this summer. Due to overgrown roots that push up sidewalk panels, many large trees will need to be replaced with new trees selected from species that are better suited to our urban environment.

Contact: Bob Earl, (206) 801-2479, 

School Walk Route Improvements

These improvements will be in the form of additional warning signage; pedestrian-actuated crossing beacons; and radar speed signs installed at locations surrounding Echo Lake Elementary School and Shorewood High School. 

Funds: $106,000 WA Traffic Safety Commission grant
Timeline: Late April through June
Contact: Hazel DelaCruz, (206) 801-2476,

2019 Bituminous Surface Treatment 

The City applies Bituminous Surface Treatment (BST), also called chip seal, to residential streets and secondary arterial streets to preserve the asphalt pavement surface. This year, we will be applying BST to about 15 streets in the north central and northwest neighborhoods of Shoreline. You will be notified if BST is to be applied to your street.  This preservative treatment typically adds five to ten years to the life of the pavement for a fraction of the cost of replacing or overlaying it with new asphalt pavement.

Funds: Road Surface Maintenance Program - Vehicle License Fee
Timeline: July through early September
Contact: Eduardo Aban, (206) 801-2474,

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