A My Green Lake reader who wishes to remain anonymous wrote to let us know that she contacted the city about the potholes, which can be found at East Green Lake Drive N at NE Ravenna Blvd and down the length of NE Ravenna Blvd. ”They are particularly bad,” the reader says, “between NE 65th St and 15th Ave NE.”
SDOT responded to the report about these potholes with the following note:
The good news is that NE Ravenna Boulevard, unlike many streets, is on our paving list. We expect to resurface completely the stretch between Green Lake and 15th Avenue NE in 2012.
Some intersection reconfiguration and resurfacing work will occur [in 2011] near the east end of the boulevard, at the intersections of 22nd Avenue NE / Ravenna Avenue NE and NE 54th Street / NE 55th Street [ed. note: you can read more about this project on Ravenna Blog].
All of this work has been moved forward from 2013 due to favorable contract bids. We would like to do the work sooner, but we have a few other critical streets ahead in priority, including 15th Avenue NE in the University District (which is one of Seattle’s busiest transit streets) and N/NE 85th Street from Greenwood to Interstate 5.
The basic criteria we use to establish paving priorities are: street condition, cost and cost effectiveness of repair, volume of traffic, transit use, the types of needs the street serves (e.g. freight/bike/pedestrian), grant funding and coordination opportunities, and geographic balance across the city. When voters passed the “Bridging the Gap” (BTG) transportation levy in 2006, SDOT had identified over $300 million in deferred arterial pavement maintenance. These are streets like Ravenna, where a paving need is clear, but funds are insufficient to immediately complete the work. Seattle’s backlog of deferred maintenance accumulated over many years and, even with the increased funding from BTG, the various needs around the city cannot be met at once. Facing such a long list of needs, projects are prioritized.
We hope that the Ravenna neighborhood can be patient with us as we work toward the major paving work in 2012. In response to this inquiry, I have asked a SDOT Pothole Ranger crew to run Ravenna and make repairs as possible (work order # 45907).
Citizens can report potholes on Seattle streets by calling 206-684-ROAD (7623) or by using SDOT’s online form.