(The Center Square) – Pike and Pine streets in downtown Seattle will be renovated to improve accessibility for walkers and cyclists next year.
The Seattle Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects announced Sept. 12 that it is funding $17.45 million for improvements to Pike and Pine streets.
In early 2023, Pike and Pine streets will be transformed into one-way streets from 1st Avenue to Bellevue Avenue. Existing bike lanes on Pike and Pine will be relocated to create a continuous bike lane on both streets.
A vegetated buffer zone will separate the bike lane from vehicular traffic to make bicycle traffic safer in the Pike and Pine area.
“Safety and accessibility are critical parts of our program and we are excited to begin construction on these improvements at Pike and Pine Streets,” Waterfront Seattle program director Angela Brady said in a statement.
The city of Seattle has created a street safety movement called “Vision Zeroin 2015. The city is one of 10 to participate in the initiative which strives to see no fatalities or serious injuries on the city’s roads by 2030.
The city is working to reduce road deaths by lowering speed limits on some streets, creating bike lanes, shortening crosswalks and adding more wheelchair-accessible ramps.
However, in June, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) stats revealed to the Seattle City Council that pedestrians are still getting injured on city streets.
Since 2015, nearly 1,200 Seattle residents have been seriously injured. A total of 175 people have been killed in traffic accidents through June 2022, according to SDOT. In the first six months of this year, 11 road deaths have occurred within Seattle city limits.
Pike and Pine streets are common tourist areas, as they lead to Pike Place Market. The two-street construction plans aim to connect downtown to the Capitol Hill neighborhood more seamlessly, according to Jon Scholes, CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association.
“Pike and Pine form one of the busiest corridors in the area and this project is our chance to make them truly exceptional streets for pedestrians,” Scholes said. “Improving the street-level experience from Pike Place Market to Melrose Market will help connect Capitol Hill to the rest of downtown.”
The Pike and Pine Street renovations are part of the Office of the Waterfront and Civic Project. Pine Pike Renaissance. According to the bureau, the total design and construction cost of the overall project ranges from $37 million to $40 million.