Fauntleroy Expressway: The next notable West Seattle road project

The city has just put up its brand-new info-page about a road project that’s been in the works for a while but hasn’t been discussed much lately: Seismic retrofitting for the Fauntleroy Expressway, which is the southwest end of the West Seattle Bridge. Some earthquake-safetyproofing work was done in 1994; 17 years later, this is the followup. (This section of the bridge itself was built in 1963.) SDOT says work will start this spring; here’s how it’ll affect traffic:

The project is expected to be advertised for competitive bids in the spring 2011. The seismic work will largely require occasional lane closures to traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians during construction.

During the installation of the new bearing pads, traffic is expected to be impacted on some nights and weekends. Closure of the Expressway will occur intermittently and detour routes around the work will go into effect. For traffic going Fauntleroy Way SW to West Seattle the detour will be to SW Avalon Way either by the Delridge Way SW ramp or Harbor Ave SW/SW Avalon Way ramp. Traffic from SW Admiral Way is expected to be detoured either thru 38th Ave SW or further north.

The project cost is estimated at $2.7 million.

4 Replies to "Fauntleroy Expressway: The next notable West Seattle road project"

  • miws January 30, 2011 (3:28 pm)

    Yet another example of how time is passing waaaaayyy too fast! I started reading “seismic retrofit”, and thought “Didn’t they just do that?” :lol:



    • WSB January 30, 2011 (3:36 pm)

      You and me both … a local business is celebrating an anniversary and I said, what? a year? we just covered the opening a couple months ago … didn’t we?

  • miws January 30, 2011 (8:33 pm)

    That’s the way it usually goes for me, too, with businesses.


    I actually had the opposite happen with Easy Street’s Cafe. Sometime within probably the last year or so, I was looking up, or perhaps ran across the general date the Cafe opened. Something like early 2000’s(?) maybe 2003?


    Although I knew the Record Store had opened there around 20 years ago, I thought the Cafe had opened up in the late ’90’s.



  • foy boy January 30, 2011 (9:36 pm)

    Maybe the city can use some of the money to build a park an ride in west seattle.

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