Bicycle and pedestrian routes
Bicycle and pedestrian routes will change during construction, but crews will maintain clearly marked paths, and outreach staff will continue to work with local bicycle and pedestrian organizations to communicate changes.
Ongoing construction on and near Dexter Avenue North
Beginning spring 2014 and continuing through the fall, crews will be relocating utilities along Dexter Avenue North and on Harrison and Republican streets in preparation for building the new on- and off-ramps to the SR 99 tunnel.
During this work, Dexter Avenue North will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Thomas and Mercer streets. Harrison Street will be closed between SR 99/Aurora Avenue North and Eighth Avenue North. Later this summer, crews will reopen Harrison Street and then close Republican Street.
A separate bicycle lane will be maintained on Dexter Avenue North during peak commute times. Depending on the work activity, signs may direct bicyclists to merge with traffic during off-peak hours.
Visit our traffic web page for up-to-date closure information.
New bicycle and pedestrian path improvements near Seattle’s stadiums
At the south end of downtown Seattle, WSDOT is putting the finishing touches on a new permanent connection between the on-street bike lanes south of South Atlantic Street and the shared-use path from South King Street.
Features of the new path include:
- A dedicated, 14-foot-wide shared-use path with improved paving.
- Overhead lighting features.
- A separate northbound and southbound path for more efficient navigation.
- Signs warning of vehicles crossing the intersection of Alaskan Way South and South Atlantic Street.
- Landscaping (to be completed at a later stage).
Bicyclists and pedestrians heading east or west can use the sidewalk on the north side of South Atlantic Street or the overpass when a train blocks the tracks. Bicyclists travelling on the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail will still be able to access the new path via South Atlantic Street.
The bicycle/pedestrian improvements are associated with a project that opened a new overpass to the west of Seattle’s stadiums in January 2014. By allowing traffic to bypass the busy railroad track that crosses South Atlantic Street, the overpass helps move freight and daily commuters faster and more reliably through the area.
View a fact sheet (pdf 3007 kb) about bicycle and pedestrian facilities near the new overpass.