Category Archives: Transportation

Cancelled: Monthly Meeting, Wednesday April 1

Dear neighbors and community members of Wallingford,

The Wallingford Community Council Monthly Meeting scheduled for Wednesday April 1 is cancelled! The health of our members and neighbors is very important and we are following all Public Health – Seattle & King County recommendations for COVID-19.

We plan to reschedule our guest speakers, Christa Dumpys and Darrell Bulmer, Community and Outreach Managers from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). They are eager to share updates and answer questions about ongoing transportation projects in Wallingford. In the meantime, they provided two quick updates:

Bus Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project:

After bringing 30 concepts to the Wallingford community, Darrell said they have narrowed the scope to 15 concepts. He confirmed two of the concepts include simple signal changes, and none include removing parking along N/NE 45th Street (from Stone Way N to I-5) for bus lanes. The only concepts currently that include bus lanes are west of Stone Way N and east of I-5. For more details, visit the Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor website.

Green Lake Way and Wallingford Paving projects:

The paving work continues for N 40th Street, N 50th Street, and the Green Lake Way N loop. SDOT plans to start working on Saturdays along Green Lake Way N starting as soon as this week, and N 50th Street paving should start in late spring. Visit the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving website for information and subscribe to receive email updates.

King County Metro is proposing to substantially revise bus routes under the North Link Connections Mobility Project in conjunction with Sound Transit opening new Link light-rail stations in the University District, at Roosevelt, and at Northgate. Bus service in Wallingford is affected. For more details, visit the North Link Connections Mobility Project website and provide your comments before the end of March.

For COVID-19 resources, visit the Public Health – Seattle & King County and the King County Council websites for current information. The Seattle Times is tracking COVID-19 related news and has removed the electronic paywall: all COVID-19 articles are free without a subscription.

Lastly, I am optimistic we will be able to hold our Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday May 6. We will confirm the meeting status near the end of April. Anyone wishing to vote for Officers must join the Wallingford Community Council and pay dues at least 15 days before the Annual Meeting (on or before April 21).

We wish each of you good health in the days and weeks ahead. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

Jenny Ring-Perez
President, Wallingford Community Council

Your Voice, Your Choice, Wednesday March 18

Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. You can submit potential project ideas for small-scale park and street improvements through Wednesday March 18.

More information is available from the Department of Neighborhoods.

Seattle Marathon, Sunday December 1

The Seattle Marathon is coming through Wallingford on Sunday December 1. About 7,000 runners and walkers are expected along the course near Wallingford from about 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM, with most participants passing through between 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Traffic control officers will be stationed at all major intersections to allow traffic to pass safely during gaps in runners. Roads will be completely open as normal by 2:30 PM or after the last participant has passed (whichever is sooner).

The route includes the Burke-Gilman Trial (through Wallingford and around Fred Meyer in Ballard) and Aurora Ave (SR-99). See Traffic Impacts and the Route Map for more details.

Route 44 Planning Drop-In Sessions, Thursday, November 21

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro have kicked-off the early planning phase of the Route 44 – Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project. They are working to enhance safety, and to improve transit speed and reliability throughout the Route 44 corridor. SDOT and Metro anticipate implementing these upgrades to the Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor in 2023, prior to Metro’s future delivery of RapidRide.

Join SDOT and Metro at one of three drop-in sessions in the University District, Ballard, and Wallingford. The drop-in sessions are a good opportunity to learn more about the project, talk to the project team, and provide feedback on early concepts. Drop in any time; the information presented will be the same for each session.

University District
Tuesday November 19
2:00 – 3:30 PM
University Bookstore
4326 University Way

Wednesday, November 20
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Leif Erikson Hall
2245 NW 57th Street

Thursday, November 21
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, #140

The Wallingford Community Council (WCC) is committed to working with the City on safer streets and smart designs, and has been involved with Route 44 improvements for many years. The WCC promoted the present in-lane bus stops, supported queue-jump signals and reduced bus stops for faster Route 44 bus travel through Wallingford. The WCC maintains its support for Wallingford businesses that could be impacted depending on the proposed changes to the corridor.

Please attend a session, review the project, and comment on the proposals.