Bus lanes added to Seventh Avenue North as new construction phase begins

Posted on Dec 3 2019 10:42 AM

Construction on Seventh Avenue North is shifting into a new phase that brings transit lanes to this important north-south street through the South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle.

During evening and weekend hours the street now features a second lane in each direction between Harrison Street and Denny Way. The newly added lane is a transit-only lane, which will help transit reliability for the many routes traveling between downtown and SR 99.

A street with lanes marked with white paint and yellow construction cones showing two lanes northbound

Above: Seventh Avenue North remains a construction area as crews build curbs and sidewalks.

These new lanes will be closed 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on many weekdays while construction continues on both sides of the road. During these times the remaining open lane in each direction will operate as a general purpose lane.

This month crews are focusing on rebuilding the corners of the complicated intersection of Seventh Avenue, Denny Way and Wall Street. People walking and biking through that intersection should expect short detours. The northbound bus stop that had previously been located north of Denny Way has been temporarily moved one block south to Borealis Avenue while the NE corner of the intersection is closed for construction.

Map showing lane configuration on Seventh Avenue and no crossings at Thomas or John street

Above: The lane and movement configuration of Seventh Avenue North until early 2020.

Thomas and John streets remain right-in, right-out streets with crossings of Seventh Avenue North not permitted by car, foot or bike. To cross please head north or south to Harrison Street or Denny Way. The Thomas and John street intersections are scheduled to open sometime in January. For the latest construction updates on this part of our project, sign up for our construction email list.

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