While much of the attention regarding the stalled Whole Foods development at Fauntleroy/Alaska/39th has focused on what will happen to, and in, the huge hole – one WSBer has been worrying about the road alongside the hole. She contacted the city to express her concerns and wanted to share the e-mail she received, regarding how it’s being monitored — read on:
Thank you for contacting the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) with your inquiry about the hole near Fauntleroy Way and SW Alaska Street. SDOT Shoring staff continue to monitor the excavation and installed shoring system at this project.
We were aware of existing cracks within the roadways adjacent to this excavation from the start of this project. Based on the results of the monitoring points and the latest report from the Department of Planning and Development’s geotechnical special inspector, the excavation appears to be stable at this time with no significant movements. SDOT will continue to monitor this site and follow up with The Riley Group on their site evaluations.
I hope this information helps. If you have any further questions, please contact me at (206) 684-9250 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Bou, P.E.
Civil Engineering Supervisor, Shoring Review & Inspection
Seattle Department of Transportation
When we interviewed Mayor Nickels a week ago and asked him a question about this site, he also mentioned monitoring (third part of this story). As for the site purchase reported to be in progress as of two months ago – when last we checked with the prospective new owner, he had “nothing new” to report – we’ll be checking again soon.