TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday on wheels, including 2 road-work updates

February 6, 2013 at 6:00 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Above and below, a look at our two key commuter paths – the bridge and Highway 99 …

… and within West Seattle, there’s one traffic alert for today, and beyond, sent late Tuesday by SDOT:

Due to the high degree of maintenance needed by the rubberized speed cushions on SW Dawson near 18th Ave SW (map), SDOT will reconstruct these speed cushions in asphalt. The speed cushions were constructed with three other sets some time ago through a Neighborhood Street Fund grant. The community had documented relatively high speeds; 15% of the vehicles were traveling over 35 mph. Speeds slowed significantly as a result of this project.

SDOT will remove the rubber speed cushions on SW Dawson and cover the warning signs. The speed cushions will then be rebuilt in asphalt and the signs uncovered. The rubber speed cushions may be removed as early as this week. As asphalt is somewhat weather dependent, there may be some lag before the cushions are rebuilt.

And in case you missed this when we published it late Tuesday – here’s the detour map/plan for this weekend’s total shutdown of the Delridge/Henderson intersection.

4 Comments

  1. I wish they would permanently remove the speed cushions.. I live in thus area and the way most cars reduce their speed is approach at a high rate of speed and then slam in the brakes. The other problem is the number of people who swerve into the center to avoid part of the speed bump.
    These things cause more problems than they solve.

    Comment by Cecelia — 7:10 am February 6, 2013 #

  2. bleh, those half a&^% rubber speed bumps annoy me. glad they are going away. will the new asphalt speed bump stretch acrross the whole street? that would be preferable.
    those annoying half a&*^% ones screwed up our car’s tie rods and control bushings. the repair man said he’d never seen anyone had to get those replaced twice. we don’t speed thru the neighborhood, in fact we often get tailgated or passed. it’s too bad that all have to suffer for a few bad apples. the kids going to SSCC speed through all the time, speed bumps or not.

    Comment by sam-c — 7:11 am February 6, 2013 #

  3. Please don’t knock the speed bumps on Dawson. For over 20 yrs. Dawson & 21st experienced numerous accidents every year, mainly due to speeding. Not only was there extensive property damage, several fatalities,and lots of injured people and damaged vehicles – those of us who live in this area had to tend to these accidents until SPD arrived. My fence was destroyed 4 times and a vehicle landed within a foot of my home. Lots of times we had to go out in the middle of the night. Finally the city agreed to install the speed bumps and since that time the number of accidents has decreased to one or two a year.

    Comment by Maddy — 5:56 pm February 6, 2013 #

  4. well I just wish they were full speed bumps – going all the way across the street instead of the wonky half speed bumps which are so annoying. if they are going to go halfsies, the ones up on 16th ave near Dawson are so much better and don’t mess up the car.

    Comment by sam-c — 7:32 pm February 6, 2013 #

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