Beacon Hill Healthy Street

Updated February 29, 2024

What's Happening Now?

18th Ave S and S College St Safety Improvements Almost Complete!

Our crews have reached major completion on the safety enhancements at 18th Ave S and S College St as part of the Beacon Hill Healthy Street. They just finished installing the new crossing lights, also called Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), pictured below. Crews are currently letting the new asphalt cure before returning in a few weeks to complete their final tasks, including:

  • Final pavement striping, which will include painting the new marked crosswalk
  • Activating the new crossing lights
  • Cleaning up around the work area

The safety improvements now installed at 18th Ave S and S College include new crossing lights (RRFBs), new curbside push buttons for crossings, a new raised curb, ADA-accessible curb ramps, and drainage and stormwater improvements through Seattle Public Utilities. These improvements will make it safer to walk, bike, and roll along the Beacon Hill Healthy Street!

Photo of newly installed safety elements at 18th Ave S and S College St, including Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons and ADA-accessible curb ramps

Photo of the newly installed safety elements at 18th Ave S and S College St, including Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) and ADA-accessible curb ramps.

The next improvements planned for the North Beacon Hill Healthy Street will be installed at Beacon Ave S and S Hanford St. To explore the designs for these improvements, see the “Design Elements” section below. This spring, we will resume our evaluation and outreach for the South Beacon Hill Healthy Street.

Upgraded Temporary Sign Bases

We will be upgrading the temporary sign bases at key intersections along this southern segment to more durable concrete cylinders. The existing temporary signage has not been durable enough to withstand winter traffic conditions. As a result, our crews were overwhelmed last year with numerous daily requests to repair and replace signage all over the city. These temporary sign bases will be replaced with permanent planter boxes and concrete sign bases if this segment is made permanent. 

Upgraded temporary sign bases

Examples of upgraded temporary sign bases from the Central District Healthy Street.

Project Map

a map showing the locations of permanent Healthy Streets and potential Healthy Streets under review.

Design Elements

18th Ave S and S College St (Nearly Complete!)

SDOT crews have nearly finished the pedestrian and bike infrastructure updates at this intersection, which include:

  • New crossing lights, also known as Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) 
  • New curbside push buttons for crossings
  • New raised curb
  • Marked crosswalks
  • ADA-accessible curb ramps
  • Drainage and stormwater improvements (in coordination with Seattle Public Utilities)  

Raised Curb

Beacon Ave S and S Hanford S

Here are the pedestrian and bike infrastructure updates you will see at this intersection. We are currently working to start this in the near term and will provide more updates on the construction start time. 

  • Marked crosswalks
  • New curbside push buttons for crossings
  • ADA-accessible Ramps
  • New concrete curb bulbs with Healthy Street signage 

As part of the Beacon Hill Ave S and 15th Ave S Safety project, the intersection will also include: 

  • New floating bus stops on the east and west sides of Beacon Ave S.
  • Remove median islands and install c-curbs for the new protected bike lanes. 

A graphic map showing the locations of new Marked crosswalks, curbside push buttons for crossings, ADA Ramps, and concrete curb bulbs with Healthy Street signage at the intersection of Beacon Ave. S and S Hanford St.

Schedule

Summer 2021: Community site walk and online survey to hear from people who live on or near  Healthy Streets

Spring 2022: Additional community outreach for intersection elements  

Fall 2022: Announcement that the north section of Beacon Hill Healthy Street will become permanent. The south section will need more review

Spring 2023: As early as Spring 2023, installation of new permanent Healthy Street signs on the north section of the Beacon Hill Healthy Street 

Spring-Summer 2023: Additional community outreach for the south section of Beacon Hill Healthy Street, from S Dakota St to S Lucile St

Early 2024: Construction on safety enhancements at 18th Ave S and S College St

Materials

Nearby Projects

Transportation

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
684-Road@seattle.gov

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