Northeast 43rd Street Re-Opens Between Brooklyn Avenue Northeast and the Ave on Friday, Jan. 23
Crews building the U District Station will re-open a section of Northeast 43rd Street to motorists on Friday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. This will provide motorist access from Brooklyn Avenue Northeast to University Way Northeast during light rail station construction.
Motorists will be able to drive north on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast from Northeast 42nd Street and turn right onto Northeast 43rd Street toward University Way Northeast. This section of Northeast 43rd Street is one-way eastbound with no semi-trucks allowed. East of the alley, Northeast 43rd Street remains open to two-way local access traffic.
This section of Northeast 43rd Street has been closed to motorists since spring 2014 while crews relocated utilities, installed a shoring wall, built a temporary roadway bridge, and made sidewalk improvements. Improvements include:
- New roadway bridge on Northeast 43rd Street over the project excavation area
- New sidewalks at U Manor Apartments with a new pedestrian handrail
- New crosswalk on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast just south of Northeast 43rd Street
- Two loading zones in front of U Manor Apartments
- Signage, striping, and other roadway improvements
Following construction of the U District light rail station, Northeast 43rd Street will re-open for two-way motorist travel (anticipated 2020). The City of Seattle is currently reviewing Northeast 43rd Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast for potential green street and pedestrian improvements as part of the City's Comprehensive Plan.