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FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD: Still on hold, but SDOT looking at ‘near-term improvements’ while light-rail route planning continues

(WSB file photo, part of Fauntleroy Boulevard proposed project zone)

Almost half a year has passed since SDOT announced the Fauntleroy Boulevard project was on hold while waiting to see if it would conflict with Sound Transit‘s light-rail plans. The question has lingered since then: So what will happen to the Move Seattle levy money (up to $18 million) set aside for Fauntleroy Boulevard? This SDOT announcement today says some decisions are approaching:

We’ve continued to hear strong community support for the safety and mobility improvements at the heart of the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project. In response, we’re exploring constructing near-term improvements to help improve predictability for people who walk, drive, and bike on Fauntleroy Way while Sound Transit continues to consider their preferred alignment. These near-term improvements will emphasize lower-cost methods in order to expedite construction and save costs, given the potential these improvements may have to be removed during Sound Transit light rail construction in the coming years.

Later this month, we’ll convene a roundtable of community representatives to discuss potential improvements, based on the original Fauntleroy Boulevard Project design. After that, we’ll share our near-term improvements proposal with the community. We anticipate constructing these near-term improvements as soon as spring 2019.

We remain committed to the goals of the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project. If Sound Transit’s light rail design for West Seattle does not impact Fauntleroy Way, we will move forward with the project as designed. If Sound Transit’s design impacts Fauntleroy Way, we will work with Sound Transit to implement streetscape improvements on Fauntleroy Way that align with the goals of the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project. In this case, we would also reallocate remaining Fauntleroy Boulevard Project funds to address other mobility needs in West Seattle.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at fauntleroyblvd@seattle.gov or call our project phone number at 206-727-3994.

Community reps who’ve been invited so far tell WSB that the “roundtable” is on July 25th at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). If you’ve forgotten what the project detailed – you can see the design and other details here.

West Seattle weekend scene: Mini-STP bicycle ride to Summer Fest

It’s a tradition every year – the “Mini-STP” bicycle ride to West Seattle Summer Fest! Don Brubeck of West Seattle Bike Connections sent these photos – from North Admiral to Gatewood and then to The Junction:

Don reports, “We did our 6th annual West Seattle STP bike ride today, riding from SW Seattle Street to SW Portland Street, and then back to Summer Fest. A great group of riders, young, old, and inbetween. The shady streets were the best!”

TRAFFIC ALERT: 3-hour wait at Fauntleroy ferry dock

Long waits on summer Friday afternoons at the Fauntleroy ferry dock aren’t unusual … but we seldom hear a Washington State Ferries warning about a three-hour wait, so we’re mentioning it here. They say events at Lincoln Park are contributing to the backlog.

Seen off West Seattle: New state ferry Suquamish, on sea trials

Amy sent the photo, wondering about that state ferry’s eye-catching maneuvers off Alki. MarineTraffic.com id’d it as the Suquamish, which has been under construction at Vigor on Harbor Island – where it was christened in January – so we checked with them. Spokesperson Athena Maris says the Suquamish was out on sea trials, and is expected back out early tomorrow morning, starting around 7 am. It’s expected to join the WSF fleet later this year.

35th SW/SW Graham: SDOT seeks feedback on intersection redesign as part of West Seattle Greenway

That’s what SDOT has in mind for 35th/Graham in High Point, and they’ve just announced a drop-in feedback event for that and other elements of the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway‘s Phase 2. You’re invited to stop by Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW) 5:30-7 pm Wednesday, July 18th. It’s slightly more detailed than the design featured in our April report (which was more about 35th than the greenway). You can read more about the greenway project here.

Some West Seattle bus stops on Metro Route 21 are about to be closed

Thanks to Seth for letting us know about notices like that one, posted at some Metro Route 21 stops on 35th SW. We inquired with Metro’s Jeff Switzer, who replied with this info about stops closing in a week – and one set not closing:

This was a Route 5 and 21 stop rebalancing effort to improve travel time for riders. The effect will be to speed up trips for riders by several minutes. (The Rt. 5 and Rt. 21 are interconnected, in that the Rt. 5 comes downtown from the north and turns into Rt. 21, and vice versa.)

Why Routes 5 and 21?

· Additional service frequency in 2012 increased ridership.
· Some segments have bus stops spaced close together which slows transit speed.
· Metro optimized the N. Greenwood segment as part of the SDOT repaving project.
· Bus operators recommended bus stop optimization as a means to improve schedule.

How are stops located where they are?

The Metro guideline is one-quarter mile between bus stops. Some factors considered in located bus stops include bus transfer points, traffic signals, topography, sidewalk, libraries, schools, community centers, and senior housing.

What steps were taken in outreach?

Rider Alerts were posted at 21 stops the first week in May through the end of May for customer comments. This included nine low-ridership stops on the Rt. 5 and 12 low-ridership stops on the Rt. 21 for customer comments. Metro Staff reviewed all 120 customer comments (51 from Rt. 21 riders).

What did Metro decide?

The finalized plan includes the closure of 4 bus stops on the Rt. 5 and 10 bus stops on the Rt. 21, expected to speed up travel times for riders.

These 14 bus stops were posted with Rider Alerts early this week to let Riders know of stop closures scheduled for Saturday, July 14.

Time savings, especially in the peak hours, could be as much as 3 to 7 minutes for a combined trip (Rt. 21 & Rt. 5). This can be crucial in maintaining on time performance.

In some cases, just the increase in trip time by a minute can mean Metro has to add the cost of adding an additional coach.

What feedback led Metro to not close certain stops?

For the Rt. 21, we dropped the proposed closure of the pair of stops at 35 Av SW & SW Hudson St due to concerns from Providence St. Vincent about access to their facility, even though the ridership is very low at these stops.

Route 21 STOPS TO CLOSE

• #23040 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Cloverdale St
• #23040 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Cloverdale St

• #22670 NB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Othello St
• #22980 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Othello St

• #22690 NB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Willow St
• #22960 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Willow St

• #22740 NB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Juneau St
• #22910 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Juneau St

• #22760 NB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Brandon St
• #22890 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Brandon St

Route 21 STOPS THAT WILL NOT CLOSE

• #22780 NB 35th Ave SW, NS SW Hudson St
• #22870 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Hudson St

Again, the closures are scheduled to start July 14th – one week from tomorrow.

SURVEY: Sound Transit wonders if it’s doing a good job reaching you

If you missed the survey link in our most-recent report on the Sound Transit West Seattle (and Ballard) light-rail planning process – it’s not too late; ST has extended the deadline and the survey’s now open through 5 pm Tuesday – you’ll find it here. It’s about whether ST is doing a good job reaching you with information about the planning process, and how you prefer to get that info.

4TH OF JULY: Holiday transit notes from Metro and Sound Transit

If you haven’t locked in your 4th of July plans yet – here’s how transit plans to handle the holiday:

Revelers celebrating Independence Day this year will be able to ride Link trains until 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 — an hour later than normal. For bus riders, King County Metro will deploy more than 40 extra buses from 10:30 p.m. to midnight as needed on routes serving Seattle Center, Gas Works Park, downtown and light rail stations to help crowds get home. Bus riders should use regularly published timetables and schedules for their routes, and expect possible delays during busy times and when there are crowds.

The last southbound Link train from University of Washington Station will leave at 2 a.m. The last northbound train from Angle Lake Station will leave at 1 a.m. Southbound trains from the UW will operate every 30 minutes starting at midnight. Northbound trains from Angle Lake will operate every 30 minutes starting at 11:30 p.m. The downtown transit tunnel, which will stay open late to accommodate extended light rail service, will close at 2:20 a.m.

Light rail trains will otherwise operate on a Sunday schedule on July 4. Link service will resume normal weekday operating hours on July 5.

Metro will add 250 hours of service, augmenting 20 bus routes that serve large crowds after July 4 festivities, as well as routes that connect with Link light rail. Routes with extra service as needed will include 5, 8, 26, 28, 31, 32, 40, 44, 49, 62, 70, 120, RapidRide A, B, C, D and E lines, and ST Routes 545, 550, and 554. Metro supervisors will monitor crowds during the evening and deploy the extra service where it is needed.

Metro bus customers are reminded that Metro is switching to a simple fare of $2.75 on July 1.

Several ST Express bus routes will not operate on July 4, while other routes will run on a Sunday schedule. Sounder commuter rail service also will not operate on July 4. Except for the extra buses described above, Metro will operate on a normal Sunday/Holiday schedule. More holiday schedule information is available at soundtransit.org or metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/holidays.html.

Also of note, the West Seattle Water Taxi is running a Sunday schedule on the 4th.

REMINDER: New Metro fare launches Sunday

A reminder from Metro – the new “single fare” (no morey additional surcharges for zones or travel during peak commute hours) starts Sunday (July 1st):

Metro’s new fare of $2.75 aims to make riding transit more convenient and avoid confusion over fare payment that leads to delays in boarding. A single fare for adult riders also lowers the potential for fare disputes, which will help improve safety.

Metro’s fares for youth, seniors and disabled riders, and those enrolled in ORCA LIFT will not change. More information can be found on Metro’s fares page.

“A simple $2.75 flat fare makes Metro service easier to use and more accessible for hundreds of thousands of riders who depend on us every day,” Metro’s General Manager Rob Gannon said. “Just have your fare payment ready, either by ORCA card, cash or mobile ticket – no more having to think about which zone or whether you’re riding peak or off-peak.”

Metro adopted a simple fare after receiving more than 11,000 responses to two public surveys, including one in which 80 percent expressed support for a flat fare. Metro previously had one of the nation’s most complex fare structures, with one zone for the City of Seattle and another for all areas outside of the city, as well as extra charges during the morning and evening commute. Metro’s simple fare also aligns more closely with other regional transit agencies, which do not have surcharges during peak hours.

About 65 percent of Metro boardings will see no change or pay 50 cents less under the new structure. Fares for off-peak travel will increase by 25 cents – affecting about 35 percent of Metro boardings.

At the beginning of 2018, Metro increased funding for Human Services Tickets for riders with lower-income or no income. Metro also is working with ORCA agency partners to reduce the replacement card fee for ORCA LIFT customers from $5 to $3 and eliminate the $3 initial card fee for seniors and people with disabilities. Metro continues to evaluate ways to make fares easier to understand and pay.

UPDATE: West Seattle ‘low bridge’ has reopened to non-maritime traffic

1:20 PM: The West Seattle “low bridge” has reopened after emergency hydraulic repairs kept it closed to non-maritime traffic for almost six days, SDOT just announced. More to come …

2:48 PM: A little more info just in from SDOT:

Around lunchtime today, Roadways Structures crews completed several test openings, and picked up all the traffic control and detour signage.

More details to come, when the damaged piston assembly is inspected later this week. Work focused singularly on efficient opening of the Spokane St Bridge, as a priority for travelers.

FOLLOWUP: 35th SW in Arbor Heights will reopen at week’s end, city says

That’s the section of 35th SW between 104th and 106th – looking north from the south end – that has been closed about a month for drainage work linked to the SDOT sidewalk project stretching north to 100th. It’ll reopen at week’s end, project communicator Ching Chan tells WSB:

The updates we received this morning at our weekly construction meeting were that crews will wrap things up on 35th Ave SW between 104th and 106th by the end of this week and begin work between 102nd and 104th by next Thursday, July 5. This means the segment between 104th and 106th will reopen at the end of the day this Friday, though we may still have some construction equipment and vehicles along the parking strip of the street.

LOW-BRIDGE UPDATE: Closure may continue all week, SDOT says

SDOT has just provided another update on repairs of the West Seattle “low bridge,” closed since last Wednesday night for emergency hydraulic repairs. Now it says the work – first described as “at least a week” – might last until the end of this week. Today, SDOT says, “the Roadway Structures crew is moving a 15-ton replacement cylinder [SDOT photo above] into its exact place, inside the west shore pier house” of what’s officially the Spokane Street Swing Bridge, which is 27 years old. SDOT’s update adds, “The nearly 30,000-pound cylinder must be installed per specific controls, right down to cleaning it, along with reconnecting hydraulic oil lines, rewiring electrical conduit, etc. There’s also continuous monitoring and testing along the way … It all means there are several more days of hard work ahead.” SDOT says it expects to “know more tomorrow” about a potential reopening date. Meantime, it’s continuing weekday morning and afternoon bicycle shuttles – times and location are in the update.

LIGHT RAIL: Sound Transit’s Stakeholder Advisory Group to review 5 West Seattle alternatives in Level 2

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The road to choosing a “preferred alternative” for West Seattle/Ballard light rail has now taken the Stakeholder Advisory Group into the second of three levels of review.

When the SAG met last Wednesday at the Sound Transit board room downtown, it was presented with five West Seattle possibilities – including two new/modified versions of pre-existing options. You can see all five in the slide deck from the meeting.

ST’s Stephen Mak showed all five:

First, the “representative project” (ST’s original draft route), which is entirely elevated:

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CLOSURE UPDATES: Highway 99 fully open again; West Seattle ‘low bridge’ still undergoing repairs

Just an update/reminder – Southbound Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel reopened this morning as planned, after work related to the future viaduct-to-tunnel transition. As reported here Friday, WSDOT expects another closure sometime this summer, but the date’s not set yet. Meantime, it’s the fourth full day of the West Seattle “low bridge” repair closure:

No new estimate from SDOT on when it will reopen, beyond the initial estimate that “at least a week” of work would be needed.

CLOSURE UPDATE: West Seattle ‘low bridge’ repair work continues

4:14 PM: As you’re hopefully well aware by now, the West Seattle “low bridge” – officially, the Spokane Street Swing Bridge – is closed to non-maritime traffic so repairs can be made after a hydraulic-fluid leak. No new estimate for when it’ll reopen – it’s been closed since Wednesday night, with an estimate of “at least a week” – but SDOT has provided another update on the work, with photos, including:

Today, crews repairing the West Seattle Lower Bridge are pulling electrical conduit and casings from the western bridge support machine room.

They need to reach and replace damaged hydraulics that move the west side of the swing bridge – work that will take several days.

The city-provided van shuttles for bicycle riders continue until 7 pm tonight at both approaches to the low bridge, departing approximately every 20 minutes. Riders who would rather try the detour – across the 1st Avenue South Bridge – have two new ways to check it out, thanks to fellow riders:

1. Don Brubeck of West Seattle Bike Connections sent a RideWithGPS map that he and Bill Gobie created, complete with cue sheet – see it here.

2. Robert Sverci made this video with a first-person view of the ride:

The Water Taxi runs 7 days a week this time of year – you can see the West Seattle schedule here. And whatever mode you’re using, you can check area traffic cameras including the high-level bridge on the WSB West Seattle Traffic page.

P.S. Thanks for all the extra tips on traffic problems during the closure – the best way to get info to us instantly, 24/7, is 206-293-6302, text or voice.

ADDED 8:50 PM: The bicycle shuttle is NOT running on the weekend, SDOT clarifies, adding that usage has been fairly low so far. It will resume Monday morning. Meantime, here’s another repair update.

LOW-BRIDGE CLOSURE NOTES: Warning signs fixed; West Seattle Water Taxi update; bicycle shuttle extended

Two Three notes related to the West Seattle “low bridge” closure that’s expected to last at least a week:

WARNING SIGNS: As mentioned in our morning traffic coverage, the long-broken, reported-but-not-fixed “use high-level bridge” sign on Delridge suddenly became a crisis with the bridge closure. One reader escalated it to Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who in turn escalated it to SDOT, saying the sign needs to be fixed immediately. Herbold staffer Newell Aldrich just forwarded this update from SDOT:

Crews have fixed two flashers for the “When flashing use high level bridge” signs on Delridge Way SW. They are working to fix the others on Admiral Way SW and SW Spokane St.

BIKES ON THE WATER TAXI: Since the bridge closure has taken out the main route for bicycles, some are using the West Seattle Water Taxi. We asked spokesperson Brent Champaco if there was an uptick this morning. He replied, “Although we don’t officially count bikes boarding the West Seattle route, our crew reported a surge in bikes onboard this morning.” He added: “As a side note related to this, we actually had plans to pull the Doc Maynard out of service next Monday through Wednesday for some maintenance work, which would have placed the Spirit of Kingston in service. However, due to the emergency closure, we decided to postpone that maintenance until later in July to provide additional passenger and bike capacity (the Doc Maynard holds ten more bikes than the Spirit of Kingston).” The bike rack on Doc Maynard, which became the main WS vessel two years ago, has an official capacity of 26 bicycles. (3:34 PM UPDATE: Regarding ridership rise today, Champaco tells WSB, “Ridership for the morning commute was up 12.5 percent over yesterday’s ridership.:

ADDED 12:57 PM – BICYCLE SHUTTLE EXTENDED: Just in from SDOT:

Inspections are underway following last night’s emergency low-level West Seattle Bridge “closure” – essentially a forced extended opening to enable inspection and repairs. With bicyclists impacted significantly, to reach alternative routes over the Duwamish River, we will continue van service for bicycle commuters and evaluate use throughout the week.

·Shuttles for bicyclists operating during heavy commute hours: 6 to 10 AM and 3 to 7PM .

More details to come, on bridge damage associated with hydraulic fluid leakage. The leak is inside a machine room that holds the huge cylinders which turn the bridge sections in for roadway traffic and out for marine traffic.

ROAD-WORK ALERT: Where SDOT will be sealing cracks in West Seattle

SDOT says today marks the start of its annual Crack Seal Program, which “proactively extends the life of roadways” by filling “cracks in the pavement with a cost-effective low-tack sealant, to reduce the infiltration of surface water. delaying the formation of potholes and other distresses that deteriorate pavement. The annual work helps make for the smoother sailing of bikes, buses, and car wheels, holding pavement together an extra 3-5 years.” The list of scheduled locations citywide includes these five in West Seattle (no specified dates):

🦑 47th Ave SW – from #10203 to #10226

🦑 Halleck Ave SW – from SW College St to 53rd Ave SW

🦑 53rd Ave SW – from Halleck Ave SW to Alki Ave SW

🦑 Marine View Dr SW – from SW Roxbury St to 42nd Ave SW

🦑 2nd Av SW – from 1st Av SW to Highland Parkway SW

SDOT’s announcement adds, “Our crews will move the crack-sealing operation from block to block and reopen the lanes as they are completed. Lanes will close intermittently for 3-4 hours and parking will be restricted. Bus stops and sidewalks will remain open.”

TIME TO VOTE: 11 Your Voice, Your Choice projects in District 1

Voting has begun for this year’s Your Voice, Your Choice park and street projects. Voting is broken up by City Council districts, so you’ll be choosing between 11 community-proposed projects in District 1 (West Seattle/South Park). Asterisks, as assigned by the city, denote “projects that are in Equity and Environment Initiative Focus Areas and eligible for an additional $1 million in citywide funding”:

1A. Project # 18-161: Pedestrian Lighting Improvements at SW Morgan St bus stop near South Seattle College

1B. Project # 17-014: Intersection Improvements at Dallas Ave S, 12th Ave S, and Thistle St*

1C. Project # 18-149: Walkway Improvements on S Cloverdale St under SR-99 overpass*

1D. Project # 17-187: Signage Improvements at S Henderson St & 12th Ave S*

1E. Project # 17-125: Improvements between 21st Ave SW and 23rd Ave SW at SW Brandon St

1F. Project # 17-174: Crossing Improvements on California Ave SW and SW College St

1G. Project # 18-167: Improvements on Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Findlay St/SW Brandon St

1H. Project # 17-177: Improvements to basketball courts at Delridge Community Center

1I. Project # 18-1045: Equipment Refurbishment at Puget Boulevard Commons

1J. Project # 18-1043: Benches in Lincoln Park

1K. Project # 17-006: Trail Improvements at Roxhill Park*

(Find the projects on a map here.) To vote online, go here. You’ll be asked for a cell-phone number for a verification code (there are alternate ways to vote if you don’t have one or don’t want to give yours – you can go to a Seattle Public Library branch, for example), and then your name and e-mail address. Voting is open through July 16th.

West Seattle light rail: What Sound Transit said, and was asked, at Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council

(Sound Transit slide deck from Pigeon Point meeting)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Sound Transit‘s West Seattle light-rail line is either going to skirt Pigeon Point or tunnel through it, so the PP Neighborhood Council invited ST in for a briefing.

The briefing and ensuing Q&A took up most of last night’s semimonthly PPNC meeting, with about 50 people in the Pathfinder K-8 cafeteria to get an abridged version of what’s been unfolding over the past 5+ months.

ST’s Andrea Burnett and Stephen Mak, both working on the West Seattle line plan, were invited. He presented the backstory first on the Sound Transit 3 vote setting up a draft plan for a 4.7-mile extension to West Seattle, to open in 2030, with a new rail-only bridge over the Duwamish River, and three stations in WS.

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HARBOR/SPOKANE PROJECT: New info, with work starting as soon as tomorrow

New construction/detour info for the Harbor/Spokane safety project from SDOT:

>As soon as tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13, crews will begin construction of the Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St Intersection Improvements project. This Neighborhood Street Fund project will increase the visibility and safety for people walking and biking across Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St. We expect construction to last about 6 weeks.

Nighttime and weekend work

One of the first construction activities will be pavement breaking at the intersection of Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St in preparation for safety improvement work on the Alki Trail. This work will be done at night and over the weekend to reduce impacts to people driving. For details about what to expect, please see below.

Traffic impacts:

Westbound SW Spokane St will be reduced to one lane of traffic at Harbor Ave SW, except during peak hours (3 PM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday), when it will remain fully open
A uniformed police officer will direct right turns onto northbound Harbor Ave SW from SW Spokane St during work hours
Crews plan to work continuously from 7 PM on Friday, June 15, to 5 AM on Monday, June 18
Sidewalks will be maintained for people walking and biking

Construction impacts:

Noise, dust, and vibration from breakers and heavy equipment
Increased truck activity, back-up alarms, and workers communicating in the field
Additional nighttime and weekend work may be required at this intersection
Crews have a noise variance for this work

Looking ahead:

Starting as soon as Monday, June 18, crews will begin safety improvement work on the Alki Trail. Crews will begin by replacing segments of the jersey barrier along the trail. Please note: This work may require a partial closure of the Alki Trail at the intersection of Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St. We’ll share more information on detour routes for people walking and biking as the work approaches.

What you need to know during construction:

Typical construction hours are Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 5 PM
Occasional night and weekend work
Temporary lane, crosswalk, and sidewalk closures
Detours for people walking and biking
Possible parking and loading restrictions
Please expect typical construction impacts such as increased noise, dust, truck activity, and vibration
Impacts and schedule are subject to change

Here’s the official SDOT construction notice (PDF).

MONDAY: Sound Transit talks light rail @ Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council

One of the concepts still under consideration for Sound Transit light rail in West Seattle has the working title “Pigeon Ridge/West Seattle Tunnel.” The first part of that is actually a reference to the Pigeon Point neighborhood in northeastern West Seattle, and tomorrow night (Monday, June 11th), the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council hosts ST reps during its meeting, for a briefing and Q&A. All are welcome; it’s at 7 pm at Pathfinder K-8 (1901 SW Genesee).

Also about to start work: Walkway improvements in Westwood

As promised, we have an update on the other Neighborhood Street Fund community-initiated project that’s about to start work in West Seattle, the Chief Sealth International High School Walkway Improvements. The pathways south of the school between SW Cloverdale and SW Trenton, north of Westwood Village, will be improved. From the new “construction notice,” which you can see in full here:

As soon as Monday, June 11, we’ll start construction on improvements for people walking along 26th Ave SW and 25th Ave SW between SW Cloverdale and SW Trenton streets. Work will last approximately 6 weeks. During this work, crews will:

■ Install two 10-foot-wide walkways on 26th Ave SW and 25th Ave SW that
■ will connect SW Trenton St and the cul-de-sacs to the north
■ Install lighting along the two paths
■ Replace vegetation along the two paths, where appropriate
■ Add a concrete curb bulb extension and ADA curb ramps at 26th Ave SW

The 26th Ave SW walkway will be constructed with asphalt. The 25th Ave SW walkway will be constructed with compacted gravel. SDOT crews will install asphalt on the 25th Ave SW walkway at a later date.

The 25th SW part of the project is also the one that SDOT was at one point last year going to drop entirely, relying on a potential future development to deal with it. To date, no development proposal has emerged. Meantime, as noted yesterday in our report on the other NSF project that’s about to get going, the contractor is C.A. Carey.

What’s next for Avalon Way rechannelization/ repaving project after open house

One more meeting from last night to tell you about – the open house for the SW Avalon Way rechannelization/repaving plan. No new information emerged – it was meant as a chance to comment on and ask questions about what SDOT recently revealed, the “30 percent design” version of the project.

Above center is Luna Park entrepreneur John Bennett, who is concerned about parking – while the proposal has changed from an early version that removed dozens of spaces uphill, where now a weekday 6-10 am transit lane is proposed, this one takes out a dozen spaces on the west side of Avalon, and Bennett fears The Shack coffee shop will be especially hard-hit. Councilmember Lisa Herbold has been working with SDOT to try to minimize the parking loss; above left is her legislative assistant Newell Aldrich (Herbold was at the HALA hearing a few miles away).

Also there, West Seattle Bike ConnectionsDon Brubeck (second from left above). The design incorporates protected bike lanes on what is a fairly busy route to and from the “low bridge” as well as Alki. Various concerns along the corridor included helping buses move more smoothly and dissuading drivers from using side streets. There were also requests for turn signals at the Avalon/Genesee light. Here’s an “aerial view” of what’s in the 30 percent plan, as previewed here last month:

WHAT’S NEXT: Project spokesperson Adonis Ducksworth says that after this open house for the 30 percent design, they hope to have the project up to 60 percent for another round of commenting in the fall. Construction is expected to happen next year, starting in the spring. Along with rechannelizing Avalon as shown here (PDF), the project will repave it all the way from the bridge to where it ends at Fauntleroy, along with 35th SW south of Avalon to Alaska – where reconstruction is needed due to water damage – and Alaska from 35th to 36th too. Beyond last night’s open house, here’s your chance to comment through June 24th – an online survey about the project.

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