News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Traffic tragedy near Eckstein Middle School

March 25th, 2013 by Support Staff

Update from Seattle Police:

Officers are on scene investigating a double fatality collision involving a driver who struck

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Additional school proposed at Thornton Creek School

May 24th, 2012 by Support Staff

The comment period on a new K-8 school proposed at Thornton Creek School ends Friday, May 25.

Details of the plan are posted at the Wedgwood Community Council website.

There, community members have posted comments on all sides of the proposal, which would build out the ballfield area at Thornton Creek School,

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Tell the state

October 7th, 2011 by Support Staff

This post is from our sister site Phinneywood.


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NE 45th Street Viaduct to re-open Friday

September 8th, 2010 by hillaryu

Just in time for this Saturday’s Husky football game, the NE 45th Street Viaduct will re-open on Friday morning.

The heavily traveled corridor has been closed all summer while SDOT did replacement work on the 468-foot west approach. The public is invited to join SDOT at a ceremony to officially reopen the viaduct. The event, which will be from 8:45am to 10am, will be at the top of the hill near 22nd Avenue NE and NE 45th Street. Project team members, city staff and the contractor will be on hand.

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Traffic alert: 520 bridge closed this weekend

August 18th, 2010 by hillaryu


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Car-bike accident near Burke-Gilman is a reminder

March 24th, 2010 by hillaryu

Biking season has begun, which means it’s time for drivers (cyclists, too) to exercise extra caution out there.

The latest reminder, unfortunately, came this morning on the Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 65th Street when a bike-car accident resulted in a 57-year-old female cyclist being taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

A firetruck, an ambulance and two police cars responded to the scene at 8:20 a.m. No further details are available at this time.

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Update on woman hit by car in crosswalk

March 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

The location of the car-pedestrian accident Friday at 8 a.m.

The woman who was hit by a vehicle Friday morning while crossing NE 45th Street near the U Village remains in “very serious” condition at Harborview Medical Center, according to several people connected to the family.

The woman, 45, lives in Laurelhurst and was out for a jog when the incident occurred, said Cary Lassen, crime prevention trustee for the Laurelhurst Community Club. Lassen said she has been told that the family does not want to release any further information, including the woman’s name. “It’s been very traumatic and I’ve been told they would just like their privacy right now,” she said.

The accident continues to be investigated by Seattle Police, who said such investigations can last beyond several months. Anyone who witnessed any part of the accident is being asked to call SPD Detective Tim Wear of the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad at (206) 684-8935.

Lassen said much of NE 45th Street and the road it turns into, Sand Point Way NE, has been a concern of the Laurelhurst Community Club for a long time. “That light in particular (at 36th Avenue NE) is a problem,” she said. “People seem to not see it well and run it all the time.”

On Monday, the Seattle Fire Department responded to a traffic accident at Sand Point Way NE and NE 65th Street, said Dana Vander Houwen, SFD public information officer. A 65-year-old woman was treated at the scene, Vander Houwen said. It’s not clear if the woman’s injuries required hospitalization.

UPDATE 3-24-10: The Laurelhurst Community Club is reviewing the 2007 Sand Point Way Pedestrian study, which called for safety measures along the busy road. Some of the measures have been implemented, and some (including reducing speed limits on some sections, have not. The LCC will talk about the issue at its next meeting, April 12th at 7 p.m. at St. Stephens Church and an SDOT official has been invited.

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Pedestrian hit by car; police seek witnesses

March 19th, 2010 by hillaryu

The view from 36th Avenue NE looking north across NE 45th Street.

Police would like to talk to anyone who witnessed a car-pedestrian accident this morning at the intersection of NE 45th Street and 36th Avenue NE. The accident occurred at the corner where Bob’s Bike & Board is located, about a quarter mile east of U Village.

A woman in her 40s was hit by a car at 8 a.m. after stepping off the curb into the crosswalk, Seattle police said. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said. The Wedgwood View will post an update on her condition when it’s available.

The male driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

If you saw anything, you are being asked to call SPD Detective Tim Wear of the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad at (206) 684-8935.

A few more details: Police said preliminary information indicates that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on NE 45th Street in the southernmost lane of travel. The woman was standing on the southeast corner of the intersection at 36th Avenue NE. At some point, the woman stepped out into the marked crosswalk and was struck by the vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers administered CPR. Seattle Fire responded and transported her to Harborview as officers began their investigation.

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SDOT official on ramps: 'Not our brightest moment'

March 16th, 2010 by hillaryu

Here’s an unlikely combination for you: A laugh-filled community meeting and a mea culping-offering city official.

The two came together Tuesday night at the View Ridge Community Council meeting when Brian Doughterty of the Seattle Department of Transportation took the hot seat. The SDOT official was invited to talk to residents who are annoyed by the temporary asphalt ramps that are appearing here, there and everywhere on NE 70th Street.

“Not our brightest moment,” he said, drawing laughs. “A bit of overzealousness on the part of the crew,” he said later. And when asked — with great annoyance — what SDOT was thinking, he replied simply, “We weren’t.”

By the time he left, the 35 attendees were smiling and several thanked him for his candor.

He also said that SDOT will no longer install temporary asphalt ramps — unless they are needed because construction makes an existing ramp unusable. That’s a change of practice from NE 70th Street, which got at least 55 temporary asphalt ramps during the construction of corner ramps — even though the intersections had been fine forever without ramps.

He also clarified that each asphalt ramp costs $200 for materials only (labor and disposal costs are added on top of that). Last week an SDOT official told the Wedgwood View that each ramp costs only $118. Dougherty also said work was expected to be done by mid-April and that he welcomed residents to contact him directly if any of the temporary ramps were causing drainage or safety issues.

The other big topic of the night was burglaries, featuring the always-entertaining Diane Horswill, crime prevention officer for Seattle Police’s North Precinct. She gave out a list eight burglaries that occurred in View Ridge and Hawthorne Hills, mostly in February and many occurring while residents were home.

She emphasized locking doors and windows; using your home alarm, if you have one; and neighbors getting to know each other and each others’ living patterns. She also said the same person might have done some or most of the burglaries in our area and may already have moved on. But, she added cautiously, SPD might be close to making an arrest.

In addition to telling a few stories, she also offered to come out to residents’ homes to do free security checks.

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Temporary ramps draw questions in View Ridge

March 3rd, 2010 by hillaryu

The view looking east on NE 70th Street by View Ridge Playfield.

SDOT crews were out in full force Wednesday, beginning construction on about 40 curb ramps at corners on NE 70th Street from 36th Avenue NE to 48th Avenue NE.

The ramps will bring the area up to current standards, making the area easier to navigate for walkers, wheelchair-bound folks and people pushing strollers.

Crews began prep work began this week and plan to start breaking out concrete next week, working on about three blocks at a time. At each intersection, they plan to work on one corner at a time. When they take out a corner, they will provide asphalt ramps (many already installed) to enable people to use the sidewalk while construction is in process.

The asphalt ramps, however, are drawing lots of head scratching because of their placement (some 10 or 15 feet from corners, straight into traffic) and questions about why they are necessary in places that worked pretty well without any ramps at all and can wait another week or so.

Parking will be a bit tighter during construction but SDOT has no plans to close any traffic lanes. This program is funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation initiative approved by Seattle voters in 2006.

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