Potholes, begone! An update on the Ravenna Boulevard paving project

As I was driving past the Green Lake Park and Ride on Ravenna Boulevard this morning, I suddenly realized that my car wasn’t careening into large, gaping pits and my brain wasn’t rattling around in my skull from the rough texture of the roadway. The alignment-rearranging potholes are gone and the road is completely smooth.

I was so surprised that I went around the block and drove over it again, just to make sure that my lack of caffeine wasn’t causing me to imagine things.

Seriously. Go get on your bike or hop in your car and take the road for a test drive—though be careful! They haven’t painted lines on it yet.


You can see a full set of pictures from the construction project on the SDOT’s Flickr page.

Phase two of paving project begins this week

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced today that they’re going to begin the next phase of work on westbound NE Ravenna Boulevard between 8th Ave. NE and 12th Avenue NE this Thursday, April 26.

The crews are scheduled to grind and remove existing pavement in the westbound lanes of NE Ravenna between Eighth Avenue NE and 12th Avenue NE on the Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27. Drivers and residents should expect closures in the work zone on those dates as well as weekdays throughout May, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.  Crews will close street parking in the work areas during construction, but local access will be maintained. A signed detour will direct drivers and bicyclists around the closure.

In addition to the work including grinding and removing the existing asphalt roadway, areas of the concrete roadway base will be repaired and pedestrian curb ramps will be repaved and upgraded.  Project completion is expected by the end of summer, dependent on weather conditions.

To minimize construction impacts, work has been divided into two phases. Phase one is on NE Ravenna Boulevard between Green Lake and I-5 (from E Green Lake Drive N to Eighth Avenue NE). Crews began work on the westbound side of Ravenna in late March. Phase two is from NE Ravenna Boulevard starting at I-5 through 15th Avenue NE (from Eighth Avenue NE to 15th Avenue NE).

For more information on the NE Ravenna Boulevard Paving Project, visit SDOT’s project website.