Hawthorne Elementary and S Genesee St Safer Community Pedestrian Connections

 This project is complete!

This project was completed in December 2018.

We completed construction in December 2018, resulting in safer pedestrian and bicycle connections in the neighborhood, safer routes to school for students, shorter crossing distances, and increased visibility at intersections for people walking, biking, and driving. Thank you for your patience during construction.

Project Background

The Hawthorne Elementary and S Genesee St Safer Pedestrian Connections project is located in the Mt. Baker and Columbia City neighborhoods of Seattle. In 2016, the project was one of 12 selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program.

Final Design Concept

In early 2017, we presented an early design concept to the public through field visits, emails, and briefings with community groups. The feedback we received helped inform final design.

Final design concept

Project Elements

At five locations, we reduced crossing distances and increased visibility at intersections for people walking, biking, and driving. Project improvements included:

  • Adding crossing beacons at the existing marked crosswalk at S Genesee St and Cascadia Ave S
  • Constructing curb bulbs at the intersections of:
    • S Dakota St and 38th Ave S
    • S Conover Way and 42nd Ave S
    • S Angeline St and 38th Ave S
  • Constructing a missing piece of sidewalk leading from S Snoqualmie St and 42nd Ave S up to the park pathway

Before and After

Before construction After construction
S Genesee St and Cascadia Ave S

Project Funding

Funding came from the 2015 voter-approved, nine-year Levy to Move Seattle, which improves 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 continue the Neighborhood Street Fund program over the nine years.

This project also received funding from SDOT's Safe Routes to School Program, which makes it easier and safer for students to walk and bike around Seattle.



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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