Knickerbocker Project Brings More Truck Traffic

The Knickerbocker Floodplains Project off NE 100th Street will be bringing more truck traffic to the neighborhood in the next few weeks. Construction began last week on the project which so far has cleared the land in preparation for the relocation of Thornton Creek (see photo comparing the site over the past four weeks):
In an e-mail to residents Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) said,

We’ve heard concerns about truck traffic in the neighborhood. Because of the nature of the neighborhood streets, our contractor carefully considered pedestrian and traffic safety when they chose a route for trucks to enter and exit the site. All delivery trucks larger than a pickup will follow the directions below.
-Exit I-5 Northgate Way and travel East on NE Northgate Way
-Turn right going South on 23rd Ave NE.
-Turn right going West on NE 102nd St.
-Turn left going South on 21st Ave NE
-Turn left [sic] going East on NE 100th St.
-Back down into site.
We have implemented the following safety procedures for all truck deliveries:
• All deliveries are required to call Project Superintendent 10-15 minutes before entering the neighborhood.
• The contractor will provide flaggers throughout the route for all semi-tractor trailer trucks.
• The contractor will place “No Parking” signs 24 hours in advance for semi-tractor trailer truck deliveries.
• Flaggers and drivers will not allow truck staging or idling on 21st Ave NE.

Why they don’t just go down Lake City Way and then straight up NE 100th Street from Summa is a mystery. It would be a much shorter and direct route rather than through the entire neighborhood. I guess that’s “carefully considered” for you (or a cheap-ass Google Maps route search).
As for the project itself:

Anticipated work during the week ahead
The contractor will:
• Prepare equipment that will divert the creek through flexible pipes while they construct the new creek bed and floodplain.
• Remove the steel frame of the current pedestrian bridge.
• Begin work in the creek July 1 and continue through the fish window.

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2 Responses to Knickerbocker Project Brings More Truck Traffic

  1. Kate Waterous says:

    I expect they have to back down 100th because there is no room for large trucks to turnaround down by the creek. That’s what the garbage trucks do both on the steep hill on 20th above the Road Ends sign and that’s what they normally do to do pickups on 100th by the creek. There is probably not enough room to come up 100th turn right on 21st and then back down 21st and around the corner to go down 100th to the creek. Plus the visibility at 100th and 21st is so bad if you’re trying to take a right hand turn or go straight west if you’re coming up from LCW is not a laughing matter. I cannot count the number of times I have wanted to continue driving straight west on 100th (rather than turning right onto 21st as most people do) only to be cut off by people coming down the hill on 21st and not slowing down to see me or to give me enough room to even go around them. I generally have to stop and wait for them to turn. The parked vehicles that are often near that corner only make it more difficult.

  2. Brad says:

    Also, the note on the directions to turn left going east on NE 100th St is not a mistake. Heading south on 21st Ave NE, the trucks do turn left, actually facing east on NE 100th St., and then back down NE 100th St. to the project site.
    I suspect that some disruption is unfortunately unavoidable. I hope that the end result of the project is a significant improvement from the current situation with respect to the status of the creek and the riparian area, and the temporary disruption is worth it in the long run.

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