Heavy bike route - Dexter Avenue N - under construction, March 7th, 2011

posted Mar 8, 2011, 4:15 PM by Luke Hizer
Both Seattle Likes Bikes and the Seattle Bike Blog have great posts highlighting the Dexter changes that started on Monday. Long-term, there's a lot of benefits to cyclists, from the SDOT Project Page:

        This project will improve the pavement condition by repaving the street. As part of the repaving project SDOT will:
      • Install a buffered bike lane on each side of the street
      • Remove the two-way left turn lane
      • Provide dedicated left-turn lanes at busy intersections
      • Provide dedicated load zones for businesses that need them
      • Provide in-lane bus stops to improve transit speed and reliability
      • Install dedicated bus islands
      • Install street lighting upgrades
      • Construct new and upgraded curb ramps
      • Construct sidewalk improvements
      • Install drainage upgrades
In return, there's some short-term pain. Construction will run throughout the spring and summer, concluding in September. The Seattle Likes Bikes post has details on the expected conditions and alternate routes, based on the presentation at this month's Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. The Seattle Bike Blog post has the SDOT flyers, quite useful.