Melrose Promenade

Updated August 12, 2022

What's happening now?

Construction continues  

Next week, we’ll be at E Olive Way to prepare the site for repairs that will occur at a later stage of the project. Work will include saw cuts, which will be noisy. Work will occur on the NE and SE corners of the intersection, and we'll be at each corner for approximately 1-2 hours. There will be temporary closures of the northbound and southbound travel lanes of Melrose Ave, and officers will be onsite to direct traffic. There will also be temporary sidewalk closures and detours. Please use caution when traveling through the area and follow signed detours.  

Over the next several weeks, we’ll finish work at E Thomas St and head south toward E Denny Way to make pavement repairs. There will be temporary lane closures and detours will be signed. Once we finish work between E Thomas St and E Denny Way, we’ll move to E Olive Way to begin work on the reconfigured I-5 on-ramp. We anticipate starting work at Olive Way the week of August 22 and continuing into the weekend of August 27. During weekend work, the on-ramp will be closed to all traffic. We’ll provide detour routes and more details prior to the closure. 

Please use caution when traveling through active construction areas and follow all posted detours. Please note that constructions schedules are always subject to change based on weather, materials availability, and crew availability.

During construction, you can expect:

  • Temporary parking restrictions
  • Temporary sidewalk, lane, intersection, and crossing closures
  • Noise, dust, and vibrations during work hours (typically weekdays from 7 AM – 5 PM)
  • Construction equipment staged in the work area

Sign up for regular email updates to stay informed on construction schedule and activities.  

Stay informed on what to expect during construction

Background

Built atop a high retaining wall, Melrose Ave is a key walking/biking connection. The construction of I-5 created a barrier between Capitol Hill and downtown that project neighbors have envisioned reconnecting through the "Melrose Promenade."

Melrose Ave is a key walking and biking connection in our citywide network and is included in our Bicycle Master Plan. Part of the project area is a designated pedestrian zone that will provide safe and accessible walking connections.

Currently, the streets can be difficult to cross, some sidewalks and pavement are damaged, and drivers are exceeding the speed limit. Between 2013 and 2018, there were a total of 141 reported collisions on Melrose Ave between E Roy St and University St. All but 1 of the serious injury collisions involved someone walking or biking between E Denny Way and E Pike St. 

Capitol Hill is one of the densest neighborhoods in the Puget Sound region and continues to grow. The Melrose Promenade will connect community members with major destinations in the neighborhood and routes to First Hill and Downtown. The project area includes high-density residential and mixed-use communities, and major employment centers near the south end of the project including medical centers, colleges, and the downtown business district. Currently, 37% of households in the Melrose Promenade project area are car-free. Constrained on-street parking supply, expensive off-street parking, nearby mass transit, and the density of housing and jobs in the neighborhood can make owning a car expensive and inconvenient - or unnecessary for many. This project aims to improve walking and biking connections so they are more attractive and convenient.

This project is a foundational step toward the community's "Melrose Promenade" vision by improving the walking and biking experience along Melrose Ave from E Roy St to University St.

Pike pedestrians

Project Area

We're building speed humps, curb ramps, curb bulbs, a raised intersection, and bike lanes in sections, as well as repairing damaged pavement and sidewalks on Melrose Ave between E Roy St and University St.

Melrose project design maps

See this poster for a PDF of design the map image above. 

Outreach & Project Design 

In 2018 and 2019, we conducted outreach with project neighbors and collected input on the project design. We hosted an open house with an online survey and held meetings with neighbors and community members on early design concepts. Materials from these outreach activities, including summaries on what we heard, can be found in the Documents section below. We finalized project design in 2020, began limited construction in February 2022, and started full construction in June 2022. 

Schedule showing project in construction

Key project elements include: 

  • Protected bike lanes between E Pine St and E Denny Way 
  • Intersection improvements at E Pike St, E Pine St, E Denny Way, and E Olive Way, including: 
    • New raised intersection and at Melrose Ave and E Pike St
    • Raised community crosswalks at E Pike St and E Pine St
    • New curb bulbs and crosswalks at the intersection of E Olive Way and Melrose Ave to improve safety at the I-5 on-ramp entrance 
  • Traffic calming including speed humps and pavement markings
  • Pavement and sidewalk repair, including installing a wider sidewalk on the west side of Melrose Ave between E Pike St and E Pine St 
  • Curb ramp improvements
  • New and relocated load zones
  • Changes to on-street parking, including some parking removal between E Pine St and E Denny Way, new back-in angle parking and a Restricted Parking Zone north of E Denny Way

See this poster for a PDF of the project design the map. 

People at the open house event 

Community members and project staff review design concepts at a public meeting. 

What to Expect During Construction

Limited construction began in February 2022 and full construction activities began in June 2022. Construction is expected to continue into fall 2022. We'll send regular email updates with information on upcoming construction activities. We encourage you to sign up for email updates  to stay informed on project activities.

Typical construction hours are weekdays from 7 AM - 5 PM, with occasional nighttime and weekend work. We are restricting weekend construction between E Pike St and E Pine St to minimize impacts to the business and retail district. 

During construction, people can expect: 

  • Temporary lane and street closures for people driving. Detours will be provided and signed. 
  • Temporary sidewalk and crossing closures for people walking and rolling. Detours will be provided and signed. 
  • Temporary local access only restrictions in some areas
  • Disruptions to on-street parking
  • Noise, dust, and vibrations during work hours
  • Construction equipment staged in the work area
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times to businesses and residences 

Funding

The total project budget (includes design and construction) is $4.3 million including a grant through the Federal Highway Administration for $3 million. The project is also funded by the Levy to Move Seattle, a 9-year $930 million levy approved by voters in 2015.

Documents

Other Projects in the Area

Pike-Pine Mobility Improvements

Waterfront Seattle's Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One

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