West Seattle traffic alert: ‘Jersey to Arkansas’ paving on Alki Ave.

On Sunday, we checked out road-work-warning signs on Alki that used the names of long-ago streets (Jersey and Arkansas) that don’t currently exist. (Thanks again to Peter for the tip and for the photo you see above.) Today, the project is under way, and while SDOT is still checking for us on how those names wound up on the sign, they’ve first issued an official notice – it’s a two-part project lasting the rest of this week (added – photo shared by Suzanne this afternoon):

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation are paving two blocks of Alki Avenue Southwest this week. They are paving in the 1300 block of Alki Avenue SW (southwest of Duwamish Head) on June 3 and 4, and in the 2200 block (between Bonair Drive SW and 53rd Avenue SW) on June 5 and 6. They will work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. One lane in each direction will remain open, but on-street parking will be restricted.

For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online, www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call (206) 553-3000.

P.S. If you missed the original story, don’t miss the comments – thanks to Greg and Moose2 for the historic-map research!

5:40 PM UPDATE: SDOT’s Marybeth Turner got back to us about the “Jersey to Arkansas” sign-verbiage question:

Here is what happened:

Street Maintenance is indeed doing work in the 1300 block of Alki on 6/3 and 6/4. When we drew up the traffic control plan, we used old channelization maps that still have the old street names on them.

Staff included those old street names on the message board. Once the problem was highlighted, we switched the message board to note that the 1300 block of Alki was being repaved.

1 Reply to "West Seattle traffic alert: 'Jersey to Arkansas' paving on Alki Ave."

  • Gatewooder June 3, 2014 (6:44 pm)

    I saw that sign this morning and had a good chuckle. I don’t think those streets ever physically existed, but they may still be legally platted rights of way that extend to the water so SDOT may not have been techically wrong. There was a Florida Street off of Harbor Ave that was vacated not too long ago, but I think these may still be there.

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