West Seattle road work: SW Orchard closures next month

August 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

All week, SW Orchard/Dumar has been closed between Delridge and (almost) 16th SW for work related to the Delridge Way Repaving Project. Now SDOT has announced closures on Orchard from Delridge west to Sylvan Way next month – it’ll be closed to eastbound traffic September 3-13, then to westbound traffic Sept. 16-27, and the yearlong project’s final phase will follow. The full SDOT announcement – with a map – is ahead:

For two weeks beginning September 3, Southwest Orchard Street between Sylvan Way Southwest and Delridge Way Southwest will be closed to eastbound traffic as crews rebuild the roadway. This closure will be followed by a two-week westbound closure as crews complete the opposite side. This work is part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Delridge Way Southwest Paving Project that is rebuilding much of Delridge Way Southwest from Southwest Orchard to Southwest Roxbury streets.

· September 3-13 eastbound traffic on Southwest Orchard Street at Delridge Way Southwest will be directed to use the following detour (please see map [above]):

o South on Sylvan Way Southwest

o North on Delridge Way Southwest

o East on Southwest Orchard Street

· September 16-27 – westbound Southwest Orchard Street traffic at Sylvan Way Southwest will be directed to use the following detour:

o South on Delridge Way Southwest

o West on Sylvan Way Southwest

o East on Southwest Orchard Street

Upon completion of this work, construction activity will move south to Delridge Way Southwest between Southwest Henderson and Southwest Roxbury streets – the final phase of the Delridge Way Southwest Paving Project. For more information visit the project website at: seattle.gov/transportation/pave_delridge.htm


  1. I noticed that the recent repaving between Holden and Orchard streets appears to be asphalt, while the other sections of the Delridge Project are paved with concrete. Is the asphalt just a base layer or is that that the final surface?

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 7:02 pm August 23, 2013 #

  2. For the asphalt vs. concrete explanation, please see our story about the Fauntleroy repaving a few years back, which we linked when something similar was asked earlier in this project. http://westseattleblog.com/2009/09/fauntleroy-way-work-concludes-2-tone-paving-explained-more

    Comment by WSB — 9:59 pm August 23, 2013 #

  3. Interesting since a bus route runs down orchard and they cite bus weight as a reason for concrete.

    Glad I have a week long business trip during the next closures never really settled on a decent detour to work this week. Really surprised that there is seemingly no cars heading for I-5 South from the high bridge but its a slog getting to that unused ramp.

    Comment by trickycoolj — 11:40 pm August 23, 2013 #

  4. I CANNOT wait for this to finally be over.

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 2:05 am August 24, 2013 #

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