As first reported here in May, the city has been looking at a possible “rechannelization” for the Admiral Way southeastbound hill – and now, SDOT‘s official proposal is out, with news of an open house:
To reduce vehicle speeds and enhance safety for all roadway users, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is proposing to alter the lane configuration on SW Admiral Way between SW Olga St and the West Seattle Bridge on- and off-ramps at SW Manning St.
To brief the community on the rechannelization concept and receive public feedback, SDOT will hold an open house on Tuesday, July 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the West Seattle Library, located at 2306 42nd Ave. SW.
The improvements are designed to reduce speeds and benefit everyone who uses the street, including commuters, truck drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists. SDOT is proposing the following for SW Admiral Way:
* Providing two travel lanes uphill that are wider than current lanes
* Removing one travel lane downhill between SW Olga St and SW City View St
* Maintaining a through lane and a right turn lane to SW Manning St at the bottom of the hill
* Providing a six-foot wide bike lane in each direction adjacent to the curb
* Placing the parking lane between the bike lane and the travel lane on the street’s uphill side
* Striping a two to three foot buffer zone between the bike lane and travel lane on the street’s down-hill side
* Remarking a crosswalk and constructing a median island at SW City View St
* Removing under-utilized parking on the uphill side of the street between the West Seattle Bridge off ramp and SW City View St
As average speeds are in excess of posted limits, this proposal will help address the speeding problem on SW Admiral Way. It will also make the roadway more accommodating for vulnerable users like pedestrians and cyclists.
SDOT is interested in hearing from the public about these recommended changes. Comments can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 206-684-7583. This project is part of the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation initiative.
The project even has its own webpage already, with graphics showing the potential alternatives (we’ll add here shortly too). If this goes through, it will be the second major “rechannelization” in West Seattle in less than a year, following a similar process on Fauntleroy Way between Morgan Junction and The Triangle.