Fauntleroy Way repaving: Stretching further than 1st reported

March 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm | In Transportation, West Seattle news | 6 Comments


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Perusing bid notices in the Daily Journal of Commerce, we happened onto the advertisement for bids on the Fauntleroy Way repaving project, published last week. It’s been described all along as stretching from SW Alaska to California Avenue SW, provided full funding for that stretch could be found – but now it looks like they’re bidding for work to continue several blocks south/west of California SW – here’s an excerpt:

PROJECT LOCATION: Fauntleroy Way SW – SW Alaska St to SW Holly St

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Work includes concrete panel replacement, pavement removal, pavement base repair, asphalt planing, HMA resurfacing, drainage improvements, striping, traffic loops and other miscellaneous work

This project includes an Additive Alternate Bid as follows:

Work on Fauntleroy Way SW south of the California Avenue SW intersection which includes concrete panel replacement, pavement removal, pavement base repair, asphalt planing, HMA resurfacing, drainage improvements, striping, traffic loops and other miscellaneous work.

ESTIMATE: The Engineer’s Estimate for this Project is $3,900,000 to $4,700,000.

Again, the full bid advertisement can be seen here. We have a message in to SDOT to ask about the added stretch, including whether any rechannelization is to be done in that section; most recent estimate for the start of work was May. ADDED 3:43 PM: Here’s the response from Rick Sheridan at SDOT; our question was as follows: Does this mean they did secure funding for the entire Alaska-California stretch (which was not a sure bet a while back), and if it stretches to Holly, is any reconfiguration planned for those added blocks?:

SDOT fully expects to pave Fauntleroy Way SW from SW Alaska Street to California Avenue SW. If the bids are favorable, we may be able to further improve the road by exercising an option to pave between California Avenue SW and SW Holly Street. Fauntleroy from California Avenue SW to SW Holly Street features one lane in each direction and a center turn lane, and no changes are planned from its current configuration.

6 Comments

  1. As a Municpal Engineer I can understand the interest in providing an alternate bid for extension of the overlay work. We’re currently seeing bids far below our engineering estimates. Contractors are hungry for work and are bidding for very little to no profit. They want to keep their crews busy and employed. The City will definately jump on the opertunity to extend the work if the total sqyd or ton cost for the work is low.

    On a different note…. I still won’t ride my bike on Fauntleroy even after the bike lane is installed. I ride from Lincoln Park to downtown Seattle every day. Fauntleroy is a dangerous road for a bike. The bike lane will not keep people off thier phones or drinking their coffee. I’ll continue to ride up California and turn down Alaska. Those roads are empty in the morning.

    Comment by John — 2:08 pm March 12, 2009 #

  2. I concur with John in the above post. The city will attempt to do more NEEDED work for a lower price than they would have received previously.

    Take a look at the CRAPPY pavement immediately west of California!!!

    I cannot wait for this project to be completed, happy days are coming.

    Comment by Good news — 2:31 pm March 12, 2009 #

  3. Fauntleroy is a terrible road to ride the Scooter on – here’s to MORE re-paving!
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    A friend who lives in Kent visited me yesterday; when she got here she exclaimed “West Seattle roads are TERRIBLE!” Yes, yes they are…

    Comment by The Velvet Bulldog — 3:06 pm March 12, 2009 #

  4. So if I am reading this correctly, Fauntleroy will remain 2 lanes heading in each direction from Alaska to California? Or will this change to 1 lane in each direction with a center turn lane for the whole route?

    Comment by M&M — 4:21 pm March 12, 2009 #

  5. No, the rechannelization for the Alaska to California stretch is still proceeding as planned
    http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13782

    My question here was whether there will be rechannelizing in the stretch that’s now being added, California to Holly, and the answer is no. A few extra words will help with that, so I’ll tweak – TR

    Comment by WSB — 4:33 pm March 12, 2009 #

  6. To John,
    I have heard other bicylists say the same thing you have, that Fauntleroy Way is too dangerous and they won’t ride it. Why isn’t the City listening to you guys? Why spend all that money if it isn’t going to be utilized? Is this a case where the bicyle clubs are calling the shots or is it some City bureacrat doing Social Engineering? I tend to believe it’s the latter.

    Comment by Ron — 10:02 pm March 13, 2009 #

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