West Seattle road work: Dumar/Orchard closure starts tomorrow

In case you’re just catching up after vacation, or maybe you just forgot – the Dumar/Orchard road closure between SW Austin (just west of 16th) and Delridge Way starts at 7 am tomorrow morning and is scheduled to continue until Friday. The recommended detour route is in the city-provided map above. This stretch of road is getting utility upgrades as well as roadway restoration, as something of a side note to the yearlong Delridge Way Repaving Project.

8 Replies to "West Seattle road work: Dumar/Orchard closure starts tomorrow"

  • brizone August 18, 2013 (10:09 pm)

    So… why all the way to Henderson??? Am I the only one who finds that a bit strange, even for SDOT?

    • WSB August 18, 2013 (10:26 pm)

      Brizone, thinking about it, I’d imagine it’s because the other streets that go through are too narrow to be labeled as detours? We drive Thistle between Delridge and 16th often to get to stories, and multiple traffic-calming circles have left behind very narrow lanes…

  • miws August 18, 2013 (10:12 pm)

    Here’s the Metro Route 128 re-route, (PDF) which at a glance looks to be the same as SDOT’s suggested re-route, but also showing missed and temporary stops;




  • trickycoolj August 18, 2013 (11:24 pm)

    I’m inevitably going to space out in the morning in my usual zombified pre-coffee state. Thanks for the extra reminder!

  • brizone August 19, 2013 (10:46 am)

    I suppose, but everyone I know already uses Holden anyway if cutting through to, say, South of Morgan Junction, or coming from there.

    I tend to head out over Sylvan if I’m going towards 509 or 599 because it’s quicker than waiting for a u-turn or left turn on 35th. But I’ll just go straight on Holden coming back. I see LOTS of traffic going that way.

    The wait to turn left onto Delridge can be a pain, tho…

  • Mork August 19, 2013 (2:39 pm)

    People of Earth: My smizmar and I were flying overhead on our way to Ceti Alpha V for a little beach time, and we couldn’t help but notice a problem with this map and wanted to help out. The one you call SDOT likes to make it look like roads connect if you can traverse a staircase using those funny sticks that come out of your hips, but from our viewpoint flying over, west-bound Holden does not appear to go through to Delridge for vehicles, at least not without a sudden and significant gravity imbalance. If you take this approach, you’ll need to decelerate to 7.458061416000364e-9 speed of light (give or take), bear right and wind down the very narrow, steep, hairpin-turn lane to connect with Delridge at an uncontrolled intersection currently in a construction zone. Anyway, just thought we’d share. Oh, and good luck with that global climate thing.

    • WSB August 19, 2013 (3:03 pm)

      Mork wins for best “pointing out an error” comment I’ve seen in a while. Did not catch that. I remember our early (pre-Google Maps, even) weeks in Seattle 22 years ago, trying to navigate with paper maps that showed the same thing – staircases treated as if they were streets that went through – yikes.

  • Mork August 20, 2013 (5:02 pm)

    22 years ago we were just leaving home on this trip. Takes a long time to get anywhere in the galaxy these days, it isn’t just Seattle.

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