Melrose Promenade

Updated September 1, 2021

What's happening now?

We completed design on the Melrose Promenade project to create a safer, more inviting street for everyone. We're now in the construction contracting process and we expect to start construction in early 2022 and to continue through mid-2022. 

Help us understand your needs during construction! Please complete this survey so we can keep you in the loop and work to minimize impacts to neighbors as much as possible.   

See this poster for the latest including zoomed-in images of the design at Melrose and Denny, Olive, Pine, and Pike. 

Graphic showing we're in preconstruction phase

Check out our construction email archive for the latest and sign up for email updates here.


Built atop a high retaining wall, Melrose Ave is a key walking/biking connection. The construction of I-5 created a barrier between Capitol Hill and downtown that project neighbors have envisioned reconnecting through the "Melrose Promenade."

Right now, the streets can be difficult to cross, some sidewalks and pavement are damaged, and drivers are exceeding the speed limit. Between 2013 and 2018, there were a total of 141 reported collisions on Melrose Ave between Roy St and University St. All but 1 of the serious injury collisions involved someone walking or biking between Denny Way and Pike St. 

The corridor is a key walking and biking connection in our citywide network. Melrose Ave is in our Bicycle Master Plan and part of the project area is a designated pedestrian zone.

Capitol Hill is one of the densest neighborhoods in the Puget Sound region and continues to grow. The Melrose Promenade will connect community members with major destinations in the neighborhood and routes to First Hill and Downtown. The corridor includes high-density residential and mixed-use communities, and major employment centers near the south end of the project including medical centers, colleges, and the downtown business district. Currently, 37% of households in the Melrose Promenade corridor are car-free. Constrained on-street parking supply, expensive off-street parking, nearby mass transit, and the density of housing and jobs in the neighborhood can make owning a car expensive and inconvenient - or unnecessary for many. This project aims to improve walking and biking connections so they are more attractive and convenient.

This project is a foundational step toward the community's "Melrose Promenade" vision by improving the walking and biking experience along Melrose Ave from E Roy St to University St.

Pike pedestrians

Project Area

We're building speed humps, curb ramps, curb bulbs, a raised intersection, and bike lanes in sections, as well as repairing damaged pavement and sidewalks on Melrose Ave between E Roy St and University St.

Melrose project design maps

See this poster for a PDF of design the map image above. 

Outreach & Schedule

In 2018 and 2019, we sent two mailers, held an open house with an online survey, met with project neighbors, and went door-to-door to collect input on early concepts and design. We've finalized the design and we anticipate construction to begin in early 2022 and continue through mid-2022.  

People at the open house event


The total project budget (includes design and construction) is $4.3 million including a grant through the Federal Highway Administration covering $3 million of that budget. The project is also funded by the Levy to Move Seattle, a 9-year $930 million levy approved by voters in 2015.


Other Projects in the Area

Pike-Pine Mobility Improvements

Waterfront Seattle's Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One

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