47th/Admiral signal: Construction to start ‘as soon as the week of March 9th’

As mentioned here a week ago, SDOT director Scott Kubly told the City Council Transportation Committee that the 47th/Admiral signal was on the brink of construction – and now, a city alert says construction could be just days away:

As soon as the week of March 9, the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin construction of the project to build a new signal, crosswalks and updated curb ramps at the intersection of 47th Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way in West Seattle.

This project aims to improve the flow of traffic in this area and you can expect to see the following changes at this intersection:

·A new traffic signal
·Four additional striped crosswalks
·Six upgraded curb ramps to be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
·New left-turn pockets on SW Admiral Way to replace the existing center-turn lane

We will remove the existing overhead pedestrian signal and remove parking up to 50 feet from the intersection approaches on the north and south sides of 47th Avenue SW. This is to accommodate detection loops for the new signal.

Construction details
Construction for this project will take approximately four months to complete, weather depending. Crews will first begin working at each corner demolishing the existing curbs and preparing to set the foundation for new signal equipment. Crews will continue to work in preparation for installation of the signal but there will be a lull of activity between the corner work and delivery/installation of the signal. The existing overhead pedestrian signal will remain in place until the new signal is operational and crosswalks are marked.

During construction you can expect:

·Construction activity from 7 AM – 4 PM
·Pedestrian and bicycle detours around work areas
·Temporary parking and lane restrictions on 47th Avenue SW, SW Admiral Way and SW Waite Street
·Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving

We are transitioning this project to our construction outreach team, led by Rachel McCaffrey. You will see emails from her in the coming weeks and as we move through construction of this project. If you have questions or concerns, Rachel can be contacted at rachel.mccaffrey@seattle.gov or 206-615-0925.

In the coming week, nearby residents and businesses will receive a postcard notifying them of this work. We are committed to keeping the community informed and will notify adjacent residents and businesses in advance of the start of work at a given corner. We will keep the most updated information available on the project webpage at www.seattle.gov/transportation/47thAdmiralSignal.htm. Please feel to forward this email to any parties you think will be interested or share this link to sign up for project email updates.

The campaign for a light dates back more than eight years.

3 Replies to "47th/Admiral signal: Construction to start 'as soon as the week of March 9th'"

  • MSW February 27, 2015 (10:02 pm)

    My prediction…expensive and will make traffic back up to California and cause a traffic mess. Just a hunch. I’m a little skeptical of “Improve Traffic Flow” It’s something SDOT isn’t very good at doing.

  • B February 27, 2015 (10:50 pm)

    Glad to finally hear it! I think two people have died there over the years? We should dedicate the construction to their memory.

  • L March 9, 2015 (2:43 pm)

    This has taken so long, thank god it’s finally happening.

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