Green Lake Outer Loop

Updated: November 1, 2022

What's Happening Now?

The Green Lake outer Loop project will be open this Friday, November 4, 2022. As soon as early Friday morning people can start using the new bike path! 

We are opening the new bike facility with temporary safety and separation measures to our standards for the community to start enjoying. New temporary orange barrels will be placed along W Green Lake Way N and W Green Lake Dr N separating the bike lane from the vehicle lane until we replace the barrels with permanent concrete curbs as soon as next week. Expect to see some of this additional work on the bike lane soon and keep a lookout for intermittent reroutes during the day while our crews finish the installation.

Thank you!

Thank you for the community’s vision and engagement in making this project happen. Because of your feedback, we now have a complete Outer Loop around Green Lake that provides more travel options for people walking, running, biking, and better connections to surrounding neighborhoods.

Levy to Move Seattle and Vision Zero Program
Funding for the Green Lake Outer Loop project comes from the Levy to Move Seattle and our Vision Zero Program, which prioritized this project due to its safety benefits and potential to address recent collisions that have occurred in this area. As we continue to re-envision Aurora Ave N, the completion of the Green Lake Outer Loop project is an exciting achievement of transforming street area into a people-focused space that connects neighborhoods and provides more transportation options for the community.

Green Lake Opening Image 1

Image Above: W Green Lake Way N looking northbound

Green Lake Opening Image 2

Image Above: W Green Lake Dr N looking east bound

Check out the design for the Green Lake Outer Loop here and our construction FAQ here!

To stay informed and engage with us, join our project email list and share this link widely with your neighbors. 

Project Updates

Over the summer, we worked in coordination with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Seattle Parks and Recreation, and adjacent stakeholders and are excited to share our updated design with community. These changes were made based on input we heard from our online open houses, survey, community meetings and more. You can view the updated plans here.

Key updates based on your feedback:

  • Updated design at the N 63rd St merge onto Aurora Ave N: We have updated the design to maximize the sight lines southward down Aurora Ave N by moving the stop sign farther north, maintaining more space to turn, and are working on a speed limit reduction to 30 MPH on Aurora Ave from Whitman to Winona in coordination with WSDOT.
  • Increased pedestrian access and traffic calming in the Winona Triangle neighborhood: We are proposing parking restrictions with signs and markings, which help keep crossings and ramps open for pedestrian access, more bike markings to connect across Winona with upgraded ramps, and a double flashing beacon.
  • Other updates throughout the project area include:
    • Adjustments to driveway posts and markings to ensure neighbor access.
    • Adjusted sign placement and increased wayfinding signs to help vehicles access the park using the arterial streets.
    • Adjusting parking lane widths to maximize space where feasible.
    • Reconfiguration of intersection at Winona/77th/West Green Lake Drive N to better delineate bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle movements.
    • Clearer connections to existing bike lanes at either end of the project area.
  • Additional pedestrian crossing on Winona Ave N: We are currently working on incorporating an additional crossing as part of the construction. However, depending on material availability, it is likely to be phased in stages and completed in 2023.

Check out what we’re building!

Aurora Ave N & W Green Lake Way N

Aurora Ave N & W Green Lake Way N

W Green Lake Way N & N 63rd St

W Green Lake Way N & N 63rd St

Aurora Ave N & W Green Lake Dr N

Aurora Ave N & W Green Lake Dr N

Aurora Ave N & Keen Way N

Aurora Ave N & Keen Way N

Winona Ave N & N 77th St

Winona Ave N & N 77th St

Winona Ave N & N 77th St & W Green Lake Dr N

Winona Ave N & N 77th St & W Green Lake Dr N

Other relevant updates:

  • The Interurban to Green Lake Neighborhood Greenway is scheduled to start work on completing the neighborhood greenway late September 2022. The Interurban to Green Lake Neighborhood Greenway Connection will run along N 83rd St providing a vital link between the Greenwood Stay Healthy Street on 1st Ave NW, the existing neighborhood greenway (Interurban North) on Fremont Ave N, and the protected bike lanes on Green Lake Dr N. Once both the Green Lake Outer Loop and the Interurban to Green Lake Neighborhood Greenway projects are completed, they will provide more travel options for people walking, running, biking, and create better connections to surrounding neighborhoods.
  • The Green Lake Small Crafts center will start construction on a new boat house this fall. Please keep an eye out for detour routes in the inner loop and increased pedestrian usage on the outer loop.

Project Overview

The Green Lake Outer Loop envisions a connected outer path around Green Lake Park. This outer loop would provide more travel options for people walking, running, biking, and create better connections to surrounding neighborhoods. 

As a part of this effort, we will also work with Seattle Parks and Recreation to plan for better biking, walking, and rolling alternatives to the inner park loop. 

To be consistent with ADA standards, Green Lake Outer Loop is designed as a Bike Facility and will be marked with our standard bike facility signs and markings. The Green Lake Outer Loop will be considered a pathway that bikes, scooters, roller blades, and other modes of active transportation will be allowed to use.

Project Map

A project map of the area

Segment 1: Aurora Ave N

Create a new path between N 63rd St and W Green Lake Dr N along the on-ramp and Aurora Ave N. Vehicle access maintained along the on-ramp.

Segment 1 Aurora Ave N Outer Loop path rendering

Image above: Segment 1 Aurora Ave N Outer Loop path rendering

Segment 2: W Green Lake Dr N

Maintain street parking, remove northbound vehicle travel lane, and an add a two-way biking path on the lake side of the street.

Segment 2 W Green Lake Dr N Outer Loop path rendering

Image above: Segment 2 W Green Lake Dr N Outer Loop path rendering

W Green Lake Dr N (looking north) street layout graphic

Image above: W Green Lake Dr N (looking north) street layout graphic

Context Map

A context map of the Green Lake Outer Loop work in relation to Seattle as a whole.

Project Background

Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved regional parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the region.  

Based on community feedback, Vision Zero safety goals, and desire to provide more travel options, we're building off two recently completed projects around Green Lake (Green Lake and Wallingford Multimodal Paving Project and shared walking and biking path on W Green Lake Way N) to create more travel options for people to safely walk, run, and bike around the lake and connect our neighborhoods.   

Schedule

Fall 2021: Outreach and community engagement for Aurora and W Green Lake Dr N segments 

November 2021: Online Open House 

November 10 - Decmber 6 Green Lake Outer Loop Survey

Winter 2022: Collect traffic data, conduct traffic analysis, continue engagement, including participating in existing community group meetings; consider funding sources

Winter/Spring 2022: Aurora Ave N Corridor Design Study Launches

Spring 2022: Review community engagement feedback and traffic analysis results, work with WSDOT, draft a design

Early/spring 2022: Additional community engagement to share latest proposed designs and request more community feedback. (Feb. 22 online open house completed; we will continue to share project updates as new information becomes available)  

Summer/Fall 2022: Construction could begin as early as mid-2022 

Funding

We have recently identified construction and design funding for this project through our Vision Zero Program, which prioritized this project due to its safety benefits and potential to address recent collisions that have occurred in this area

Materials

Designs

Green Lake Outer Loop FAQ – February 2022

February 22 Online Open House Materials

November - December 2021 Survey

SDOT Blog post

November 9 Online Open House Materials

November 9 Online Open House Summary

Listserv Archive

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