Update: Pike and Pine Street Improvements Move Forward Toward Summer Completion

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Rendering of Pike-Pine Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements project. Credit: Waterfront Seattle
Credit: Waterfront Seattle

More changes are coming to busy downtown streets as the Pike Pine Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements project presses ahead.

In early March, Waterfront Seattle will permanently remove eastbound vehicle access on Pine Street between Melrose and Eighth avenues to make Pine Street a one-way, westbound street. This is the next step in transitioning Pike and Pine streets to one-way from First Avenue to Bellevue and Melrose avenues.

Reconfiguring Pike and Pine streets creates more space for people walking and rolling to support a safe, welcoming and pleasant experience for all travelers downtown. When completed later this year, the protected bike lanes will follow the same one-way circulation pattern using Melrose to go north and south to access Pike and Pine streets.

Improvements on the bridges over I-5 include expanded sidewalks, protected bike lanes, landscaping, and integrated art elements such as new railings with incorporated lighting, bike buffer texturing and planter boxes designed by artists Derek Bruno and Gage Hamilton.

This project, part of the city’s activation plan initiatives to support a healthy, vibrant and greener downtown, is expected to be complete in late summer 2024. Look for these changes if you are traveling in this busy area through spring and summer.