Followup: Timeline for SW Alaska street-parking changes in Junction/Triangle

(WSB photo from Tuesday)
More information from SDOT tonight on the timeline for street-parking changes along SW Alaska in The Junction and The Triangle, plus a section of 35th SW. Two days ago, we reported on the “no parking after June 4th” signs (above) that had appeared; tonight, SDOT says street parking WILL be removed along SW Alaska between California and 42nd starting Monday, but that other restrictions will not kick in until the “rechannelization” work does – though you will see some signs-in-waiting. Ahead, full text of the latest update:

The joint effort of King County Metro and the City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT) to prepare for the fall implementation of RapidRide Line C service between West Seattle and downtown includes the permanent loss of some on-street parking on SW Alaska Street, as well as on 35th Avenue SW.

The RapidRide service includes the installation of Business and Access Transit (BAT) lanes on SW Alaska Street, which will help improve transit speed and reliability and support more convenient and efficient service. However, it does require the permanent loss of some on-street parking spaces. The westbound BAT lane will run from California Avenue SW to 35th Avenue SW and will mean the loss of 32 of 48 parking spots on the north side of the street. The eastbound BAT lane will run between 42nd and 40th Avenues SW. Some 28 of 59 parking spots on the south side of SW Alaska St will be removed. Drivers are encouraged to use the off-street parking options available in the area, including garages and parking lots.

In addition, the reconfigured northbound traffic lanes on 35th Avenue SW between SW Avalon Way and SW Snoqualmie Street will involve the permanent loss of approximately 20 parking spots on the east side of the street.

Starting on Monday, June 4, SDOT crews will begin installing new parking restriction signs on both SW Alaska St and 35th Avenue SW in order to accommodate the reconfigured traffic lanes. The new “no parking” signs on the north side of SW Alaska St between California Avenue SW and 42nd, along with the signs on the south side of SW Alaska Street between California Avenue SW and 42nd Avenue SW will become enforceable as soon as they are posted. However, the remainder of the no parking signs will be covered (bagged) and not enforceable until the installation of the BAT lanes has been completed.

During the week of June 11 SDOT’s contractor will be installing new traffic control signs, which is also be covered (bagged) until the traffic lanes have been reconfigured.

More information on the project can be found at

4 Replies to "Followup: Timeline for SW Alaska street-parking changes in Junction/Triangle"

  • chas redmond May 31, 2012 (10:42 pm)

    By the way, Jonathan Dong, the SDOT staffer who did the studies said that SDOT would be revisiting the traffic flow due to the BAT lane installation about 6 months after implementation of the RapidRide, so there is at least one check point publicly noted and on the books. This promised review was specific to traffic flow and potential/possible congestion on Alaska St. and backed-up turning vehicles, not parking.

  • Jes June 1, 2012 (8:10 am)

    It would be nice if zone parking was implemented for the residents in that area. Parking was scarce before the no parking signs.

  • Sue June 1, 2012 (8:55 am)

    I’m most concerned about the parking over near Chaco Canyon/Link – it’s difficult now *with* parking allowed on Alaska.

  • Michele June 5, 2012 (11:56 am)

    I’ve always tried to shop locally – i.e., West Seattle area. But taking away parking spots will start making Southcenter look much more convenient. If it becomes too much of a hassle to try and reach the shops in the Junction, then my business will go elsewhere.

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