Delridge repaving update: October open house, January start

Just last week, we reported that the city’s Delridge Way SW repaving project had gone out to bid. Today, SDOT sends word that the project – Orchard to Henderson for sure, possibly also including Henderson to Roxbury on Delridge and 16th – will start in January and last up to a year, with crews working in phases, south to north. A pre-construction open house has just been scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Learning Resource Center/Library at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle). As reported previously, reconfiguration/rechannelization between Myrtle and Kenyon is also part of this project – and there’s now a webpage with graphics/map, here.

9 Replies to "Delridge repaving update: October open house, January start"

  • coffee September 19, 2012 (7:16 pm)

    Its too bad the entire stretch is not getting repaved.

    • WSB September 19, 2012 (8:47 pm)

      That was explained at tonight’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council – report to come.

  • Strike em out Kinney September 19, 2012 (10:07 pm)

    I’m glad Delridge is being repaved, the asphalt segments of SW Roxbury needs to be repaved also. Any word on that?

  • K2 September 20, 2012 (8:11 am)

    I’m so glad they’re finally giving the area (some of) the attention it needs! Hopefully, once complete, it’ll help reduce some of the road noise. Having lived directly on Delridge for the last five years, I’m grateful for anything that will help reduce noise and get the neighborhood back on track with its pre-recession course of improvement. Since the economic “down-turn”, that movement has lost a lot of traction, but it’s these glimmers of hope that offer renewed optimism. Now if only they’d stop letting Delridge from being used like a haul road/truck route! I know it’s convenient, but it’s a neighborhood, not a highway and the big rig traffic is an immense nuisance.

  • Chris September 20, 2012 (8:40 am)

    I’m all for this but I am curious about two things: will they be taking out and replacing all the concrete panels or just grinding them down; and why are they repaving the 16th Ave. stretch south of Henderson? They repaved the center section of that about a year ago and it failed, and then just recently they repaved a section of it again. Are they planning a complete and more thorough resurface this time around?

    • WSB September 20, 2012 (8:53 am)

      Chris – I didn’t catch all the details when paving expert Jessica Murphy from SDOT answered an in-depth question at last night’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting (maybe somebody else who reads this did) but please come to the October 2nd open house – SDOT sent a delegation of four last night so I’d imagine they’ll have a small army on 10/2. – TR

    • WSB September 21, 2012 (2:27 pm)

      Chris – SDOT saw the thread and forwards this response from Jessica Murphy, pavement expert (not her official title but she IS the expert, and as she recalled at this meeting, I got a cool road-composition lesson from her back when they re-did Fauntleroy Way from Triangle to Morgan Junction):
      “Regarding 16th Ave SW, the SDOT crews have recently resurfaced the center section of 16th Ave SW but unfortunately this is a temporary measure as this portion of the roadway lacks the adequate support structure (at least 6″ of crushed rock) and the asphalt is too thin to support the weight of traffic that uses it. This is a temporary measure intended to keep the road serviceable until a more permanent fix can be made. Our project plans a more permanent fix but still lacks full funding. Next month when bids are received on the overall Delridge Paving we will have a better idea of whether we can provide this permanent repair.

      And regarding the repairs on Delridge, our project will completely remove and replace the existing concrete panels in the travel lanes between Holden and Henderson. The northern section between Holden and Orchard is in better condition and doesn’t warrant full pavement replacement at this time. This section has an asphalt overlay which will be removed and replaced along with a few spot areas of full depth pavement repair.”

  • WB September 20, 2012 (9:35 am)

    Chris – from what I saw on the plans, they will not replace all the concrete panels. In the northern section with an asphalt overlay, they will repair the base concrete where it is needed and then repave the entire street with asphalt curb to curb. Most of the concrete in the center (driving lanes) will be replaced, but only broken pavement in the curb (parking lanes) will be either repaired or in some cases the concrete will ground down. In addition to the pavement replacement, there will some large diameter (approximately 4 feet in diameter) storm detention pipes installed in the middle of the street between some of the blocks as well as some curb, sidewalk and traffic signal improvements. On 16th, it appears the center asphalt (which was recently repaved) will be removed and completely replaced with a new asphalt pavement section. Some concrete panels, but not all, between the asphalt center section and the curb will be replaced. Storm detention pipes will also be installed near the Barton and Cambridge intersections. Hope this helps.

  • Chris September 20, 2012 (10:31 am)

    Thanks WSB! I’ll put the 10/2 meeting on my calendar.

Sorry, comment time is over.