West Illinois Street Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements

Project Overview:​ Sidewalks, ADA Upgrades, Crosswalks, Bike Lanes ​​​


West Illinois Street is identified in the 2012 Pedestrian Master Plan as a Tier 1 priority to complete significant sidewalk gaps between Meridian Street and Lynn Street at the northern edge of the Fountain District Urban Village and in the Columbia Neighborhood. The 2014 Bicycle Master Plan recommends marked bike lanes on West Illinois Street, as well as Meridian Street and Girard Street, as highlighted by the pink lines in this Bicycle Connectivity Graphic, but due to physical space constraints, on-street parking will need to be removed from one side of the corridor (BMP Table 3.14).  Public Works conducted parking studies on both West Illinois Street and Meridian Street in January and February 2019.  

In 2019, Public Works commissioned the West Illinois Street Multimodal Corridor Traffic Study to examine the pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular improvement needs on the West Illinois Street corridor from Sunset Drive to Lynn Street. Bike lanes on West Illinois will connect to the Victor Street Bike Boulevard, marked bike lanes on the Dupont-Elm-Northwest corridor, and marked bike lanes on Meridian Street. Green bike boxes will be installed at the W. Illinois/Northwest intersection, and in a separate, but interrelated project, a multimodal roundabout will be constructed at the W. Illinois/Meridian intersection.  Sidewalks will be constructed on both sides of West Illinois from Lynn Street to Northwest and on the south side of West Illinois from Northwest to Meridian.

Status: August 2020

Accomplishments:

Next milestones :

  • Neighborhood Meetings and Public Hearing [Subject to COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings] to propose:
  • Per recommendations in the Bicycle Master Plan (pages 45-46) and Fountain District Urban Village Plan, discuss parking removal, where necessary
    • On the West Illinois corridor (Sunset Drive to Lynn Street)
    • On the Meridian-Girard corridor (Squalicum Pkwy to Young Street)
  • Pending grant funding award in July 2021, construction of transportation improvements could occur in summer 2022

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Contacts

​​Chris Comeau, COB Transportation Planner
Email: ccomeau@cob.org​

Participating Departments

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