Northgate Neighborhood Greenway

What's happening now?

Northgate Neighborhood Greenway Now in Construction!

We are nearing completion of construction on both the Pinehurst Connection and Maple Leaf Connection portions of the Northgate Neighborhood Greenway. Our crews are currently working to complete installation of the signalized crossing improvements at NE 103rd St & Roosevelt Way NE and will then be installing the pavement markings and signage along the Maple Leaf Connection. This work is weather-dependent, but we expect it to be completed within the next two months. 

Project Overview

Starting in 2017, we worked with the Maple Leaf, Pinehurst, and Northgate communities to select a route for a neighborhood greenway that connects residents to local schools, parks, and businesses as well as the citywide transportation network. The new neighborhood greenway will bring affordable, active transportation options for people of all ages and abilities.

The Northgate Link light rail station recently opened and these projects will create safe and easy connections between the station and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Northgate Neighborhood Greenway, along with the Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge, and numerous improvements on streets serving the station will bring safety and accessibility to the area.

What's a Neighborhood Greenway?

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, and neighbors. We make people walking and biking the priority. Neighborhood greenways can include:

  • Easier crossings of busy streets with crosswalks, flashing beacons, or traffic signals
  • Speed humps to calm traffic
  • 20 mph speed limit signs
  • Stop signs for side streets crossing the neighborhood greenway
  • Signs and pavement markings to help people find their way

The Northgate Neighborhood Greenway came from city planning efforts and community requests. The Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) calls for a network of neighborhood greenways in the Maple Leaf neighborhood that connect to schools and neighborhood destinations. With the opening of the Northgate Link light rail station, this neighborhood greenway was identified as a high priority for Northeast Seattle.

During early outreach, hundreds of people gave feedback via an online survey, public events, and conversations with the project team. We heard requests for a neighborhood greenway with:

  • Connections to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Northgate Library and Community Center, nearby shopping, and the future Link light rail station
  • Improvements to help calm traffic
  • Safer crossings at busy intersections
  • Routes that avoid the steepest hills

Selected Route

We're designing our selected route after listening to the community, reviewing existing transportation plans, and analyzing traffic data. The selected route is divided into two phases; the Maple Leaf Connection and the Pinehurst Connection.

North gate neighborhood green way selected route map

  1. Maple Leaf Connection

    This portion of the neighborhood greenway will connect people in Northgate and Maple Leaf between Link light rail, Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Northgate Mall, and the Northgate Community Center and Library. We're proposing upgrades to the crossings at 5th Ave NE & NE 103rd St and at Roosevelt Way NE & NE 103rd St to help people walking and biking across these busy intersections.

    Northeast 103rd street and 5th avenue northeast intersection graphic
    Roosevelt way northeast and northeast 103rd street intersection graphic
  2. Pinehurst Connection

    The second portion of the neighborhood greenway provides a north-south connection into Pinehurst and ends at Hazel Wolf K-8 School. We're proposing a crossing improvement at NE 117th St & Roosevelt Way NE and upgrades to the signal at NE Northgate Way & 8th Ave NE.

    Northeast north gate way and 8th avenue northeast intersection graphic
    Roosevelt way northeast and northeast 117th street intersection graphic


This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Learn more at


Spring 2017: Share route options and get feedback
Summer 2017: Share most promising route and get feedback
Spring 2018: Share final route and get feedback
2018/2019: Complete 100% design and prepare for construction
2020/2021: Northgate Neighborhood Greenway construction

A timeline graphic showing the Northgate greenway project timeline. 2017 to March 2018, project planning and development. March 2018 to December 2019, project designs are developed and finalized. Construction of the Maple leaf segment anticipated as soon as 2020. Construction of the Pinehurst segment anticipated as soon as 2021. The public involvement process will occur through the full duration of the project.


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Updated: 3/19/2018


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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