City sets public open house on Fairview intersection on Wednesday

The Seattle Department of Transportation will sponsor an open house at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 27) on the Fairview Avenues East and North intersection project. The open house will be at Seward School, 2500 Franklin E., and the public is invited.

We’ve written about this project before on the occasion of the city approving $500,000 in Bridging the Gap funds to help meet the $750,000 cost.

The intersection in question is the point where Fairview Avenue North meets Fairview Avenue East just past ZymoGenetics. The 1998 Eastlake Neighborhood Plan took note of the intersection, asking for safety improvements.

The project’s goal is to “square off” the intersection so cars going north on Fairview North won’t be inclined to make a high speed turn onto Fairview East. The city would also like to finish a link here in the Cheshiahud Loop trail around Lake Union. Other improvements would be to provide sidewalks, decrease the distance pedestrians have to go to cross the street, and preserve on-street parking.

There are three draft options for the intersection on the SDOT website:

  • Option 1: Two-way traffic, 8-foot trail along the shore, 5-foot landscaped buffer on east side of trail
  • Opton 2: Shared use street (cars, pedestrians and bicyclists all using the street space), one-way southbound traffic at the intersection, 8-foot trail on the shore, 5-foot landscaped buffer east of the trail
  • Option 3: Shared use street, one-way southbound traffic at intersection, 20-foot shared space with landscaping on both sides

The SDOT website has drawings and cross sections of how each option might look. But: These plans are not set in stone. The point of the open house is to get neighborhood feedback on the options.

At the open house, the first 30 minutes will give you time to look at each design and familiarize yourself with it. At 5:30 p.m., SDOT staff will give presentations on the project and explain each option. There will be a period where you can talk to staff about each design, ask questions and provide your feedback. During the closing portion of the event, SDOT staff will outline what happens next in the project and, presumably, how you can provide further input.

More information: An overview of the project can be found on the SDOT website.