Transportation, Livable Streets


Utility Work on Penny Drive and NE 50th Street

From Jan. 25 to Feb. 9 a crew will conduct utility potholing along Penny Drive and two locations on NE 50th St near 44th Ave NE. The work is being done to identify utilities under the roadways to support the design for the proposed Surgery Building and Parking Garage.

A vacuum truck and a small crew will work from 7 am to 3:30 pm each day. Construction noise will be generated off and on during this work; noisy activities will not begin before 8 am. Traffic control will be set up around the work zones.

On NE 50th St, the work will require taking one traffic lane to accommodate utility trucks in the street. Parking restrictions will be in place and flaggers will be present during the work to direct drivers and pedestrians around the work zones.

On Penny Drive, two-way traffic will be maintained when possible, but at times Penny Drive will be reduced to one lane. The Mountain Loading Dock, Ocean 7 Staff Entrance and Lot 4 will all be temporarily impacted during this work. Access to Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be maintained at all times. Pedestrians and bikes will be rerouted. Please allow additional time for travel along Penny Drive during this work.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email with questions.

Sidewalk Work on NE 50th Street, Dec. 14 and 15

On Monday, Dec. 14, and Tuesday, Dec. 15, construction crews will repair sidewalks and install Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps in the following location:

  • On the north side of NE 50th Street, between Sand Point Way NE and Sand Point Place NE, from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15.

The sidewalks and street parking in this area will be closed during construction, and pedestrian detour signage will be posted. Trucks will park on the streets, but all traffic lanes will remain open. This work will generate noise, including concrete saw cutting.

All work associated with this project will occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. We expect to complete the project by Dec. 15; however, the construction dates could change based on weather conditions. Once the work is complete, neighbors will benefit from safer sidewalks and more accessible crossings.

If you have questions, please contact Michael Lloyd, Project Manager – Facility Planning, Design & Construction, at 601-527-1317.

Street Parking East of the Hospital Campus – Update

At the end of March, the City of Seattle implemented a temporary suspension of Seattle Children’s employee parking restrictions near the hospital campus and reserved several streets east of the hospital campus to support Children’s essential health care workers responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis. This week, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be returning these previously reserved streets to public use and will remove the “Reserved for hospital employees only” signs.

For questions, please call 206-987-8000 or email

Street Parking Near the Hospital Campus

During the COVID-19 response, Seattle Children’s has been working hard to ensure our clinical staff can get to the hospital to care for patients. With cuts to public transit, a significant reduction in our shuttle service, and social distancing requirements — many more staff members are now driving alone. At the end of March, the City of Seattle implemented a temporary suspension of employee parking restrictions near the hospital campus and has authorized employee parking curbside on designated streets adjacent to the hospital, see map for locations. These measures will ensure essential health care workers can focus on delivering care to those that need it most, and not worry about where to park when traveling to the hospital for their shift.

We continue to encourage employees to use our onsite parking lots first before parking on the designated streets. Signs have been installed to mark where hospital employees are allowed to park. When parking permits are issued by our Transportation Department they will be managed in compliance with the City’s requirements.

Neighbors can call Seattle Children’s Security at 206-987-2030 for parking related issues or questions. For other questions, please call 206-987-8000 or email

Seattle Children’s receives top honor from the League of American Bicyclists

bike awardIn acknowledgement of our efforts in sustainable transportation and encouraging more widespread bicycle use, Seattle Children’s was recently recognized with the League of American Bicyclists highest honor, the Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business award. With the platinum designation, Seattle Children’s becomes one of just 22 organizations across the nation to receive the prestigious award.

The Bicycle Friendly Business awards program recognizes organizations for their efforts at being bicycle-friendly and are based on four essential elements which include engineering, education, encouragement, and evaluation & planning.

Seattle Children’s is delighted with this honor. As an organization, we promote bicycling because we believe it’s good for the health of our patients, staff, community and the planet. Our staff have access to free commuter bicycles and we provide one of the only on-site staff bicycle service centers in the nation. We helped launch Seattle’s bike share system by serving as its first business sponsor and encourage bicycling by incentivizing staff when they do not use cars for commuting.

We look forward to supporting further initiatives at Seattle Children’s and throughout the city that foster more bicycling in the community.

Phase One of Livable Streets Complete

Livable Streets is Seattle Children’s commitment to improving neighborhood transportation and making our streets safer as the hospital continues to grow. With this initiative, we’re dedicating nearly $4 million towards pedestrian, bicycle, and other transportation projects in Northeast Seattle over a 20-year time span.

Last year we completed phase one of Livable Streets. We are excited to share our completed first phase projects with the community: Read full post »

Share Your Ideas for Trail Connection

We’re designing and building a new connection to the Burke Gilman trail near the Hartman Building at Sand Point Way NE and 40th Avenue NE. You’re invited to share your ideas for the connection at an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gould Hall at the University of Washington.

Bring the family. We’ll be fitting kids for free bike helmets, providing free bike safety inspections and holding a bicycle fun and safety workshop. Read full post »

Streets Growing Safer to Walk and Pedal

Bike and pedestrian improvements are front and center in our Livable Streets Initiative – a $4 million plan to make Northeast Seattle a safer and more convenient place to travel for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. Two examples are a new sidewalk we completed on the north side of NE 50th Street and a cycletrack we’re building on the east side of Sand Point Way NE. Read full post »

Community Welcomes Greenway

With a snip and a snack, Seattle Children’s, the city of Seattle and the Wedgwood community christened the new greenway along 39th Avenue NE on Friday, Oct. 26. After the ribbon was cut and donuts served (thanks, Top Pot!), neighbors formed a bike train and rode up the greenway to Thornton Creek Elementary School. Greenways are residential streets where traffic moves at slower speeds and people feel safer and more comfortable walking and biking. Seattle Children’s funded the improvements needed to create the 39th Avenue greenway through our Livable Streets Initiative. Visit the Cascade Bicycle Club web site for a video of the greenway welcoming.

Click here for more information on our Livable Streets Initiative.

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent


Re-Striping Penny Drive Taking Place This Wednesday Through Saturday

Re-striping of Penny Drive will begin this Wednesday, Oct 24, through Saturday, Oct. 27 (depending on progress and weather). Work will include grinding off old pavement markings and adding new traffic lines that will move to accommodate a new 5-foot bike lane. Two lanes of traffic should remain open during most of the work; Security Services will be on site to help direct traffic.