West Seattle traffic alert: New Beach Drive asphalt next week

July 7, 2011 at 11:48 am | In Transportation, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Just in from SDOT:

Paving crews of the Seattle Department of Transportation plan to work on Beach Drive SW between Southwest Snoqualmie Street and SW Jacobson Road [map] on July 13 if weather is favorable. Traffic flaggers will control traffic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the crews grind off the old asphalt and lay new asphalt. This work is part of the department’s annual street paving program.

Beach Drive Blog, meantime, is reporting on some oddly dated No Parking signs put out today. We’re checking to see if this is related.


  1. Apparently the signs are from an old job and they were not supposed to be “standing” yet. Someone from SDOT is out there now.

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 12:17 pm July 7, 2011 #

  2. The repaving will be done just in time for all the summer-time speeders on Beach Drive…yay

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 12:18 pm July 7, 2011 #

  3. Slowly but surely, the approach to the south continues. At this rate, they should reach the much-in-need-of-repaving stretch of Beach Drive between Atlas and #5600 by about 2025.

    Comment by Petert — 12:58 pm July 7, 2011 #

  4. @Petert

    man that area is terrible, I really hope they get to it before then, but you are correct it will probably be 2025 before they do lol

    Comment by Brandon — 1:11 pm July 7, 2011 #

  5. Yeah, that last south end of Beach Drive is by far and away the WORST road conditions I’ve encountered in Seattle city limits. It’s barely drivable, not even talking about the landslide that’s butting up to the very edge of the road. It’s a series of rough patches, holes and breaks. It’s insanely bad. Everything else on Beach Drive or Alki is magnificent by comparison.

    Comment by Alki Area — 1:12 pm July 7, 2011 #

  6. Only 500 feet??? Well woo-frickin’-hoo; uncork the champagne and lets toast our tax dollars at work! I agree with Petert that the stretch around Atlas is downright Third-World, but our stretch (63rd to Chilberg) is nothing to write home about either. The only consolation is that is does slow down the chuckleheaded speeders (note to Mayor McSchwinn: SPEED. RADAR. NOW. PLEASE. DAMMIT!). I’ve lived hear near La Rustica for nearly 10 years and haven’t seen a lick of work done, and some holes will definitely flip a cyclist. I don’t mind paying taxes, but I’d like to see a little sugar come my way too, not just Paul Allen’s.

    Comment by BeachDriveBoy — 2:18 pm July 7, 2011 #

  7. I wonder why they’re not paying attention to the 5600 – 6000 area of Beach Drive because of the issues with the mud slide/hill? It is a terribly rough area to drive.

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 2:41 pm July 7, 2011 #

  8. I recently had this morbid and cynical assumption they’re not doing the 5600-6000 stretch because the hill is going to come down so why bother with it.

    Comment by kate — 7:53 pm July 7, 2011 #

  9. I do not understand why they do not repave the whole length of Beach Drive. This is a scenic drive with thousands of cars and buses every day. Is the city “using this road as the poster child of our bad roads”. Come on Seattle, we deserve better.

    Comment by Alice Haury — 10:31 am July 15, 2011 #

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