3rd Ave Improvements

June 2023


We’re making changes to 3rd Ave in downtown and Pioneer Square to make buses more reliable and efficient and streets safer and more comfortable for people walking, biking, and rolling. Over the next 2 years, we will be:

  • Building street, sidewalk, and bus stop upgrades in Pioneer Square
  • Expanding the 6 AM – 7 PM bus only restrictions on 3rd Ave 3 blocks north to Blanchard St
  • Repaving 3rd Ave between Virginia St and Pine St, and between Yesler Way and S Main St
  • Working with King County Metro to upgrade real-time information kiosks at bus stop.

These improvements are just one part of the City of Seattle’s bigger plan to make downtown safer, easier to get around, and more welcoming. See our 3rd Ave Improvements factsheet for more information. 

3rd Ave through downtown is a major transit corridor. Thousands of people walk, roll, and connect to local and regional transit on 3rd Ave each day.

Downtown and Pioneer Square are a hub for people and places. Wayfinding signage helps people walking and rolling know where to go.

3rd Ave Projects

Learn more about the 3rd Ave projects at these project wepages: 

To learn more about projects happening throughout the entire City, view our Capital Projects Dashboard.


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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