If you’ve ever walked from Northlake Pizza or Voula’s Offshore Cafe to the University District on NE Northlake Way, you know that the two-block stretch west of the University Bridge is a nightmare for pedestrians. That is about to change.
Thanks to the Move Seattle levy (approved by Seattle voters in 2015), SDOT is currently installing three city blocks of sidewalk between 7th Ave NE and Eastlake Pl NE, two of which are on the north side of Northlake Way and the other on the south side. Additionally, the westbound bike lane on Northlake Way will be extended an extra block from 8th Ave NE to 7th Ave NE.
The project is due to be completed by the end of May. Though construction appears to be moving rapidly, that date may be slightly optimistic. Nonetheless, the sidewalk will most certainly be completed by early June, providing folks a safer way to walk from coffee and omelettes at Voula’s to margaritas and kayaking at the Agua Verde Cafe.