SW Genesee paving update: Two more blocks added

We first reported last week on the paving project between 47th and 49th on SW Genesee (map) – thanks to a WSB’er tip. The work was to be done today but got postponed because rain (which hasn’t shown up) was forecast. Now there’s word from SDOT they’re adding a couple more blocks:

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) paving crews have been resurfacing SW Genesee Street from 47th Avenue SW to 49th Avenue SW. They recently completed grinding the old asphalt surface on these two blocks.

Today the crews have been given the “go ahead” to add two additional blocks of Genesee Street to the project, from 49th Avenue SW to 51st Avenue SW. The crews now plan to grind the old surface off of the additional blocks Wednesday (tomorrow), Thursday, and possibly also on Friday. They plan to lay the new asphalt, weather permitting, on Monday and Tuesday, June 21 and 22. One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open.

Genesee Street was not on SDOT’s original list of paving for 2010, but cost savings by the department from other paving projects have enabled SDOT to pave the street this year.

9 Replies to "SW Genesee paving update: Two more blocks added"

  • Mike June 15, 2010 (4:19 pm)

    I’m still confused as to why they are repaving it at all, there are far far worse streets in the area that need attention if that’s the case.

  • Rod Nelson June 15, 2010 (6:42 pm)

    The street is an arterial with bus service. That is why they are re-paving it.

    This stretch of road was originally scheduled to be re-paved last year. I, for one, am happy the SDOT is doing it! Thank you SDOT!

  • david June 15, 2010 (8:10 pm)

    Now if we could get the city to replace some terribly weathered and worn-out street signs in the same neighborhood we’ll be looking pretty spiffy!!

  • Alison June 15, 2010 (8:17 pm)

    I would like to know when they will re-pave ALL of Beach Drive? As a cyclist that road is TERRIBLE! Cracks, ruts and potholes makes for a very unsafe ride!

  • sam June 15, 2010 (8:31 pm)

    Mike- it is funny you say that.
    when I saw this on the WS blog, I sent a question to the SDOT blog, on the “ask us a question” page.
    I was wondering, since they have extra money, due to savings from low bids, if they would pave a particularly bad stretch of road that is heavily used. It is the stretch of SW Orchard St in between 18th Ave Sw, and SW Dumar. SDOT fills potholes there every couple of weeks, but it is terrible shape anyway. it is really the main south exit out of Puget Ridge. and everyone in Puget Ridge uses it. the north exit from Puget Ridge is 2 miles in the other direction.

  • Kc June 15, 2010 (9:29 pm)

    That stretch as been in bad shape for a long time.
    When you have over weight per axle buses using the streets and black top overlayed on concrete, what do you expect.

    my concern is with the management of sdot,why do you strip two blocks, load up the stripping machine and come back less than a week later and do three more blocks which means the striper has to be delivered back to the site unload and set up to do the additionl blocks. Tell me why the scope of was not determined before the first two block were done?? waste waste waste

    remember this is the same department responsible for the snow removal, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    As a project manager, if I ran my jobs like that
    I would get fired!!

  • Genessee neighbor June 16, 2010 (6:54 am)

    California Ave. needs work more than Genessee!

  • JennyB June 16, 2010 (7:04 am)

    Very glad to see this work in our neighborhood. Thank you SDOT, and thanks WSB for covering the ongoing story!

  • Allie June 16, 2010 (7:42 am)

    You can see the paving schedule and maps at


    They currently go through 2015 but of course are subject to change.

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