Neighborhood Street Fund Program

You ask, we build!

Updated: January 17, 2024

The Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) is a City program that enables the community to propose and prioritize transportation projects that are built by the Seattle Department of Transportation. 

What types of projects are built? 

Any transportation project in the City’s public right-of-way that costs between $100,000 and $1 million is eligible for consideration. Past projects have included new sidewalks, crosswalks, protected bike lanes, bus stop upgrades, intersection safety improvements, stormwater improvements, and public art. 

A collage of photos featuring new crosswalks and bus lanes.

Collage of photos featuring new bus stops, walking trails and pedestrian bridge

Collage of photos featuring new sidewalks, crosswalk, and bike markings

Images above show examples of Neighborhood Street Fund projects built since 2016 under the Levy to Move Seattle

How are projects selected? 

The NSF program runs on 3-year cycles. During the first year of each cycle, community can propose and vote on project ideas. The top voted projects are shared with the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee for final review and selection. Selected projects then advance to design and construction in the second and third year of each cycle. 

Graphic that says Year 1 - Idea Collection, Community Voting and Project Selection, Year 2, Design, and Year 3, Construction

Neighborhood Street Fund typical program cycle schedule. 

In recent years we have worked to make the project selection process more equitable and ensure we are serving areas of the city with the highest need. Starting in 2019 we worked with the Department of Neighborhoods and BIPOC community organizations to host in-person and in-language workshops to collect project ideas and provide opportunities for community to vote. And in 2022, we reconsidered previously unselected project ideas in defined geographic equity areas based on the City’s Race and Social Equity Index, Displacement Risk Index, and COVID-19 cases to further prioritize projects in areas of the city with the highest need. 

Photos of community participating in project idea collection and voting.

Photos of community participating in project idea collection and voting. 

How can I submit an idea? 

We are working to design and build previously selected Neighborhood Street Fund projects. We are not collecting new project ideas at this time, but we’ll post additional opportunities on this page as we learn about them. 

How are projects funded? 

Current funding comes from the 2015 voter-approved, 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, which enhances safety for all travelers, maintains streets and bridges, and invests in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. The levy includes $24 million to fund three, 3-year Neighborhood Street Fund program cycles over the 9 years. To date we have completed 24 community-initiated projects and are on track to exceed our Levy to Move Seattle goals for the Neighborhood Street Fund. 

Map of Neighborhood Street Fund funded by the Levy to Move Seattle and geographic equity areas for Cycle 3

Active Projects Funded under the Levy to Move Seattle (2016-2024)

Past Projects Funded under the Bridging the Gap Levy (2007-2015)

Area

Project

Location

Funding

Greater Duwamish Georgetown Festival Street  12th Avenue S between S Vale & S Bailey Streets  $1,130,000 
Northwest Greenwood Avenue N Sidewalk  Greenwood Avenue N between N 92nd and N 97th streets; N 104th to N 105th streets  $1,070,000 
Magnolia / Queen Anne  Lake To Bay Loop - Harrison Street Improvements  W Harrison Street and 1st Avenue W; W Harrison Street and 2nd Avenue W  $500,000 
Greater Duwamish W Duwamish Trail Extension  8th Avenue S. from S Portland Street to S Kenyon Street  $575,000 
Southeast Rainier Beach Pedestrian Enhancements  Rainier Avenue S between Seward Park Avenue S and Ithaca Place S  $515,000 
Downtown Pioneer Square Accessibility  The Pioneer Square Historic District--locations on Yesler Way and sidewalk on S Jackson Street  $407,000 
East 12th Avenue Improvements  12th Avenue & E Howell Street; 12th Avenue & E Olive Street  $385,000 
Lake Union Waterway 22 Sidewalk  Western side of Stone Way N, south of N 34th Street and the south side of N Northlake Way at Waterway 22  $290,000 
Central 19th Avenue & E Union Street Improvements  19th Avenue at E Union Street; 19th Avenue at E Pike Street  $235,000 
Ballard W Woodland Elem Improvements  5-way intersection at 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street, and NW 55th Place  $150,000 
Southeast  Columbia City Sidewalk Ponding Repairs  Rainier Avenue S between S Hudson and S Dawson streets  $128,000 
Central Dearborn & Rainier Multi-Modal Safety  Rainier Avenue S and S Dearborn Street  $115,000 
TOTAL: $5,500,000 

Area

Project

Location

Funding

Lake Union Fairview Ave E and Fairview Ave N Intersection Improvements and Trail Improvements Fairview Ave E and Fairview Ave N; Fairview Ave N to E Blaine St $500,000
Greater Duwamish S Orcas Street Sidewalk S Orcas St between Beacon Ave S and the 28th Ave S $383,000
Central Garfield Superblock Pedestrian Crossing Improvements 23rd Ave S between E Jefferson St and E Terrace St $45,000
Northwest N 143rd St Sidewalk N 143rd St between Palatine Ave N and Aurora Ave N $552,000
Northwest Greenwood Sidewalk Fremont Ave N between N 87th St and N 90th St $610,000
Downtown Maynard Ave S widened sidewalk Maynard Ave S between S Jackson St and S Dearborn St $361,000
Northeast Ravenna Ave NE Sidewalk Ravenna Ave NE between NE 85th St and Lake City Way NE $650,000
Ballard 13th Avenue NW Sidewalks 13th Ave NW between NW 90th St and Holman Road; NW 90th St from 13th Ave NW to 14th Ave NW $200,000
Delridge 25th Avenue SW from SW Brandon St to SW Juneau St 25th Ave SW between SW Brandon St and SW Juneau St $501,000
Southeast S Othello Street pedestrian and bicycle facilities S Othello St between Seward Park Ave S and the Chief Sealth Trail $675,000
Southwest California Ave SW crossing improvements California Ave SW at SW Holden, SW Othello, SW Frontenac and SW Findlay Sts $112,000
North 33rd Avenue NE New Sidewalk 33rd Avenue NE between NE 125th St and NE 130th St $699,000
TOTAL: $4,678,000

Area

Project

Location

Funding

Greater Duwamish Lander Festival Street S Lander St between 16th Ave S and 17th Ave S $150,000
Southwest Alki Sidewalk Alki Ave SW between 65th Ave SW and Beach Drive SW $600,000
Delridge Delridge Sidewalk 30th Ave SW between SW Brandon St and SW Juneau St $590,000
North Sacajawea Elementary Sidewalk 20th Ave NE between NE 96th St and NE 98th St $350,000
Northwest Greenwood Sidewalk Fremont Ave N between N 87th St and N 90th St $610,000
Northeast Thorton Creek Sidewalk NE 77th St between 40th Ave NE and 43rd Ave NE $400,000
Lake Union Eastlake Sidewalk E Newton St between Franklin Ave E and Eastlake Ave E $190,000
Central Jackson Place Traffic Calming 18th Ave S between S King St and S Lane St $580,000
Lake Union Wallingford Sidewalk Repair N/NE 45th St between I-5 and Stone Way N $420,000
Magnolia / Queen Anne Queen Anne Pedestrian Improvements Queen Anne Ave N at W Galer St, W Crockett St, and W McGraw St $280,000
Ballard Ballard Sidewalk Repair Ballard Ave NW $220,000
Central Central District Pedestrian Improvements Martin Luther King Jr Way between E Alder St and E Jefferson St $250,000
East First Hill Pedestrian Improvements 8th Ave between Marion and Cherry St $300,000
Downtown Belltown Pedestrian Improvements 3rd Ave between Battery St and Virginia St $400,000
Southeast Columbia City Pedestrian Improvements Rainier Ave S between S Edmunds St and S Hudson St $400,000
TOTAL: $5,740,000

Questions?

If you have questions or need translated materials, please contact us at nsf@seattle.gov or 206-771-0481.

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Greg Spotts, Director
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