Broadway and John Street Signal

Updated: October 6, 2023

 This project is complete!

This project was completed in 2023.

Thank you to all who participated in the community prioritization process for this Neighborhood Street Fund project!  We completed this community-requested project in 2023! 

New westbound bus only left turn lane and turn restrictions on E John St and Broadway

New eastbound left turn lane on E Olive Way and Broadway. 

New westbound bus only left turn lane and turn restrictions on E John St and Broadway

New westbound bus only left turn lane and turn restrictions on E John St and Broadway. 

Project Overview

The project, located on Capitol Hill at the intersection of Broadway and E Olive Way/E John St, aims to address a crash pattern with left turning drivers. We'll rebuild the traffic signals to have "protected left turns" where left turning drivers have the red while people walking and biking as well as oncoming traffic have the green. This will reduce collisions and better organize the intersection. 

Project area map

Broadway and John St Signal project area map
Project area map includes final design with the new lane configuration on E Olive Way and E John St once the signal upgrade is complete.


  • Rebuild the traffic signals at the intersection of E Broadway and E Olive Way/E John St
  • New left turn pockets and separated signal phase for eastbound on E Olive Way
  • New transit-only left turn lane for westbound E John St -- westbound left turns will be not be allowed for all other vehicles
  • Remove some in-street bike parking to accommodate transit turning movements 


  • Defined approach lanes – helps drivers get into the proper lane approaching the intersection and reduces left turning vehicles from blocking the flow of traffic 
  • Separate left turn phases – reduces opportunities for turning drivers to conflict with oncoming traffic and/or pedestrians in the crosswalk
  • Improves sight lines – makes it easier for drivers, people walking, and people biking to see each other at the intersection
  • More walk time – the new design will give more signal time to the south leg crosswalk, giving pedestrians more time to cross the intersection
  • Upgrades old traffic signals to new standards

Project Background

In 2019, the Broadway and John St Signal project was one of 15 projects selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund Program. Neighborhood Street Fund is a city program, running on 3-year cycles, that enables neighbors to propose and help prioritize transportation-related projects that are then built by the Seattle Department of Transportation. 


Broadway and John Street Signal Project – Final Design Diagram


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Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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