Monthly Archives: July 2012

Construction begins on Fairview intersection improvements

Construction is set to begin Monday, July 16, on improvements for the intersection where Fairview Avenue N. meets Fairview Avenue E. at the southern end of the Eastlake neighborhood (see map).

Work on the project is expected to be completed by Aug. 3, although that schedule might slip, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.


From July 23 to Aug. 3, Fairview E. will be closed while work on realigning the intersection is under way. Pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles will need to use alternate routes. This section of Fairview is part of the Cheshiahud Loop Trail around Lake Union.

Making improvements to the intersection, which is known for speeding vehicle and dicey crossing for pedestrians, has been a priority for the Eastlake community since the 1990s. Funding for the project was obtained in September 2010 and a community open house took place in October of that year to hear preliminary plans.

A press release from SDOT lists the following improvements for the intersection and the stretch of Fairview E. from Fairview N. to E. Blaine:

  • Squaring up the intersection to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians crossing Fairview Ave E.
  • Building sidewalk on either side of the intersection
  • Reducing the southbound lane width of Fairview Ave N.
  • Adding on-street parking to Fairview Ave N. in the project area
  • Adding bicycle facilities along Fairview Ave N.

A 6-foot asphalt walkway will be built on the waterside of Fairview E. as part of the Cheshiahud Loop Trail.

The SDOT website shows a map of the project area (see attached PDF) but no drawings of the final design. I’m asking the city for more information.

SDOT says construction will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be parking and load restrictions in the area during construction.

Update: This post has been updated since it was first published. The year when funding was obtained has been corrected.

Driver who hit light pole in Eastlake expected to survive

A 49-year-old man who drove his SUV into a light pole at Fairview and Galer in Eastlake on Friday evening was expected to recover from his injuries, according to a Seattle Fire Department spokesperson.

The man was the only occupant of the vehicle.


According to SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore, the unnamed driver was traveling north on Fairview at about 8:35 p.m. when his vehicle swerved off the road and plowed into the pole. Two doctors from Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma who witnessed the accident stabilized the patient while they waited for SFD emergency crews to arrive.

Moore said the driver was trapped inside the vehicle under the dash, emergency brake, steering column and seat.

“The car sort of caved in around him,” Moore said.

It took emergency crews an hour to cut away pieces of the car to extricate the driver. Emergency crews were able to get an IV line in the driver, who was conscious and alert the whole time, Moore said. The driver had serious head and chest injuries, which Moore characterized as “non-life threatening.” 

“It looks like he’ll survive,” Moore said. The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Moore said the Seattle Police Department will determine the cause of the crash after an investigation.

KOMO News has video showing the rescue of the driver:

Eastlake traffic notes: 520 closed for weekend; STP riders head out; half marathon

Eastlake residents may find two events that will have an impact on traffic this weekend:

520 bridge closed: The 520 floating bridge will close at 11 p.m. tonight (Friday, July 13) and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, July 16, at the latest. This latest closure will allow work on the Eastside that is part of the project to replace the bridge. More information on the closure, as well as maps of alternate routes, are on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website.

STP riders: If you’re up early on Saturday morning you might catch sight of 10,000 participants in the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic as they ride through the north end of the neighborhood starting at little after 5 a.m. Riders will cross the University Bridge, then head down Fuhrman Avenue E. on their way out of town. More information is at the Cascade Bicycle Club’s website.

See Jane Run Half Marathon: A women’s half marathon runs through Eastlake on Sunday morning following the route of the Cheshiahud Loop down Fairview Ave. E. The run starts at 8 a.m. at Gas Works Park and goes along the north side of Queen Anne before doubling back to go around Lake Union. Parking is restricted along Fairview Ave. E. until 3 p.m. There is also a 5K and a 1-mile kids run. For more information, see the See Jane Run website.

Eastlake police reports: an auto theft, several auto accidents and more

Police reports in Eastlake this week include one car theft, several auto accidents, disturbances and more:

  • July 4: Disturbance, 2700 block of Franklin Ave. E., 4:19 p.m.
  • July 5: Auto theft, E. Edgar and Franklin E., 3:30 p.m.
  • July 5: Property damage, 1500 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7 p.m.
  • July 6: Property damage, lake/waterway in the 2800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12:15 p.m.
  • July 7: Motor vehicle accident, Eastlake E. and Fuhrman E., 1:47 p.m.
  • July 8: Threats to kill, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:45 p.m.
  • July 8: Disturbance, 2300 block of Yale Ave. E., 10:19 p.m.
  • July 9: Noise disturbance, 200 block of E. Garfield, 12:41 p.m.
  • July 10: Motor vehicle accident, 2500 block of Minor Ave. E., 2:46 a.m.
  • July 10: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 5:11 a.m.
  • July 10: Motor vehicle accident, Furhman E. and Franklin E., 2:22 p.m.

See the map at 911Seattle.com.

July 4 roundup: Parking, Cheshiahud Challenge, more

It’s the Fourth of July and the sun is shining. It’s a miracle!

Here are a few quick notes from Eastlake this morning:

Parking: The parking ban on Eastlake Avenue E. began at 11 a.m. Don’t try to park along Eastlake or you’ll get a ticket and probably get towed as well. More information on the Seattle Police Department’s plans for parking can be found in our previous post


I-5 ramps at Roanoke, Boylston and the southbound exit at Mercer will be closed at 9 p.m. and won’t reopen until after the fireworks are done at about 10:30 p.m.

Cheshiahud Challenge: The Museum of History and Industry has put together a history quiz geared to the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop trail. Walk the trail, stop at the spots marked on the map and answer a history question. Leave your completed form at the MOHAI booth at South Lake Union Park or the information booth at Gas Works Park and you’ll be entered to win two three-day Gold passes to Bumbershoot. More information on the challenge is at the MOHAI website. You can also download the map there.

Businesses open in Eastlake: Numerous businesses are open in Eastlake today, including several places to eat and get a drink. Check our previous post for more information.

There’s a yard sale going on in a parking lot on the east side of Eastlake in the 2700 block. They’ll be there until about 4 p.m.

Have a great — and safe — Fourth of July!

Eastlake police reports include a restaurant burglary, two car thefts, more

Police reports in Eastlake this week include a restaurant burglary, two stolen vehicles, numerous mischief complaints and more:

  • June 27: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:09 p.m.
  • June 27: Trespass, 2900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 4:04 p.m.
  • June 27: Disturbance, Fairview E. and E. Roanoke, 8:03 p.m.
  • June 27: Noise disturbance, 2500 block of Minor E., 11:17 p.m.
  • June 28: Burglary, forced, non-residential, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., occurred between 2 and 5 a.m.: A safe in a restaurant was broken in to overnight. Approximately $5,500 was taken, according to an SPD report. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing else appeared to be disturbed or taken.
  • June 28: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:49 a.m.
  • June 28: Theft, miscellaneous, Eastlake E. and Fairview N., 8:42 p.m.
  • June 29: Mischief, nuisance complaints, Franklin E. and E. Garfield, 11:28 p.m.
  • June 30: Disturbance, 2800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 6:27 p.m.
  • June 30: Vehicle theft, 2000 block of Eastlake E., 9 p.m.
  • June 30: Vehicle theft, 800 block of E. Gwinn Place, 10 p.m.
  • July 1: Accident investigation, Franklin E. and E. Boston, 9:01 p.m.
  • July 2: Accident investigation, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:25 a.m.
  • July 3: Property found, 1500 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:36 p.m.

See the map at 911seattle.com.

What’s open in Eastlake on the Fourth? Here’s our list

The Fourth of July is Wednesday and many Eastlake businesses will be open for the holiday. Our list is below.

The weather forecast looks promising. It won’t be the hottest Fourth ever but the clouds should part for the Lake Union fireworks and your backyard barbecue.

If you’re trying to get in or out of Eastlake during the day or during the fireworks show in the evening, check out our previous post for all the details on where to drive and park, and what to tell your guests.

Details on all the events going on around the lake can be found in our previous post and also at the websites for the Family 4th (they do the fireworks) and the Wooden Boat Show (it ends on Wednesday).

One of the best ways to get in and out of Eastlake is on a Metro bus. Metro will be running on a holiday schedule, which is the same as their Sunday schedule. Get more details at Metro’s website.

And Seattle Public Utilities reports that there will be normal garbage collection on Wednesday. The North Transfer Station will be closed. The South Transfer Station in South Park will be open regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is at the SPU website.

If I missed your business, please let me know and I’ll add you: curtmilton (at) comcast.net. 

Have a great Fourth of July!

Here are the businesses open in Eastlake on the Fourth:

FOOD AND DRINK

GROCERIES

  • Eastlake Market, 2244 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 5 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Hamlin Market, 2729 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 58 E. Lynn. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Website: www.peteswineshop.com

OTHER

  • Chloe and Dillon Boutique, 2345 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Website: www.chloeanddillon.com
  • Eastlake Massage, 3103 Eastlake Ave. E. Call before the Fourth to reserve a massage. Website: www.eastlakemassage.net
  • Flower Lady, 3230 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Website: www.seattleflowerlady.com
  • Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa. Hours: The store will be closed but they’ll be renting parking spaces for the day for $10. Website: www.lakeunionmail.com
  • Mort’s Cabin, 2241 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Website: www.mortscabin.com