Admiral, 35th, Roxbury, Fauntleroy updates among West Seattle notes in SDOT director’s report to City Council

Toward the end of each week, the following week’s City Council meeting agendas go public, and they often yield interesting reading. This afternoon, we found several West Seattle notes in the agenda-attached report that SDOT director Scott Kubly will officially present to the council’s Transportation Committee next Tuesday:

47TH/ADMIRAL SIGNAL: Construction is approaching; Kubly’s report says “pre-construction” is planned for next Tuesday (February 24th), and the “notice to proceed” is expected the second week of March.

35TH SW CORRIDOR SAFETY PROJECT: Mark your calendars – proposed design alternatives will be shown within a few weeks, if this schedule is kept: “Dates for our second round of 35th meetings have been tentatively set for March 4 and 5.”

SW ROXBURY SAFETY PROJECT: Right after 35th, we’ll find out what’s in store here: “Staff aiming to release recommendations to the public on March 10 or 11 and highlight improvements aligning with Vision Zero.” (That’s the new city initiative that was much-discussed following our report last week.)

FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD: This update has a list of bullet points, as follows:

*The project team met with two businesses last week to discuss the 60% design and impacts to their property frontage

*In addition, the project team met with SPU to discuss project drainage requirements

*One property owner has continually expressed his disagreement with the bicycle facility and reduction in left-turn access for small businesses

*The project manager is meeting with SCL to determine cost and scope of designing the civil improvements associated with the undergrounding of the power distribution

*The design is on hold until cost of SCL undergrounding is resolved

The SDOT director’s report also includes notes on construction projects’ effects on the right of way, including this one that’s just getting started in West Seattle:

3210 CALIFORNIA SW CONSTRUCTION: Demolition for this 134-apartment, block-long building is wrapping up – our photo is from the end of last week; this week, debris-clearing has been under way. We learned this week from the contractor that this project will NOT have a crane; Kubly’s report explains why, saying, “Contractor unable to obtain crane easement from neighbors – no flyover rights.” The report also notes that “sidewalk and parking lane (will be) closed the next 11 weeks.”

The Transportation Committee meeting during which this report will be presented also includes the resolution creating a Transit Advisory Board, among other items; it’s at 9:30 am Tuesday at City Hall, and will also be live online and on cable, via the Seattle Channel.

18 Replies to "Admiral, 35th, Roxbury, Fauntleroy updates among West Seattle notes in SDOT director's report to City Council"

  • Diane February 20, 2015 (2:20 pm)

    re 3210 California;
    didn’t even know it was possible to build apt project of this size without a crane; how much time will this add to building schedule?
    perspective of this photo is hiding the beautiful secret mural that is now revealed; would be wonderful to get photos of that, and hoping the mural will not be destroyed; this was in the backyard of Stephanie Hargrave’s artist studio/home; really lovely, Haitian party

    • WSB February 20, 2015 (2:55 pm)

      The time frame quoted by the contractor is the same for a project of this size, between a year and a year and a half. Other projects of this height have been done without cranes – there wasn’t one for Element 42 by Admiral Safeway, for example.

  • ktrapp February 20, 2015 (2:33 pm)

    Glad to see the Admiral light going in. As someone who lives on Waite St., I’ll be happy when it doesn’t take 20 minutes to pull out on to Admiral in the summer. I don’t even try to use the crosswalk there now. Way too easy to have your life flash before your eyes when a car appears at the top of the hill going 40.

  • Diane February 20, 2015 (3:02 pm)

    thanks; crazy that construction of Element 42 now seems so long ago

  • LivesinWS February 20, 2015 (4:07 pm)

    “Contractor unable to obtain crane easement from neighbors – no flyover rights.”

    Good for the neighbors. Who’d want a construction crane over their house and yard?

  • Ex-42nd February 20, 2015 (4:30 pm)

    Given the history of this project, the neighbors behind 3210 probably aren’t too interested in making the contractors’ lives easier…

  • JayDee February 20, 2015 (5:30 pm)

    @ktrapp: Why do you think it’s called “Waite Street”?

    Again, a solution in search of a problem. When I first moved here 18+ years ago, there was one traffic light between me and the Canadian and Mexican borders. Metropolitan Market was a Thriftway. Now there will be four traffic lights, and this one is the least needed. Why they don’t make it a ped-activated signal (After all, that is supposedly the whole reason for it) is beyond me.

  • norad pedestrian February 20, 2015 (5:51 pm)

    Someone was fatally struck at this crosswalk. I was nearly hit there. I frequently see pedestrians waiting halfway in the crosswalk because cars wouldn’t stop. This traffic light is needed.

  • SteveP February 20, 2015 (7:51 pm)

    Yes, it’s a bad intersection and pedestrians need to be protected with a stoplight they activate when crossing. But the rest is total overkill and a ridiculous over-reach by the people in SDOT. If they get their wish they’ll have us all crawling along at 20mph on two-lane roads no matter where you are in the city.

  • marty February 20, 2015 (8:31 pm)

    Any idea what us going on at 34th SW aND SW Morgan? All the trees were cut down, win does appear busted (looted?) with blinds haging out, overgrowe lawn, and signs ALL over.

  • dsa February 20, 2015 (9:35 pm)

    Nobody said a light wasn’t needed at 47th norad. What is not needed is a full phase top dollar signal. But if it keeps the city from destroying perfectly good lanes elsewhere, fine.

  • JayDee February 20, 2015 (9:45 pm)

    @ Norad Ped: That’s it. You weren’t struck. On 35th Ave there is a history of pedestrians crossing it being killed.

    There are many worse intersections in West Seattle. I agree, it is a bad intersection, but because a ped is uncomfortable doesn’t we need a full signal at this location –a pedestrian triggered signal is what is needed IMHO.

    • WSB February 20, 2015 (9:55 pm)

      One thing to remember about 47th/Admiral, whether you support or oppose the forthcoming signal (which was sought by community advocates including the Admiral Neighborhood Association; this isn’t a unilateral city decision – ANA and others fought hard for it): This intersection will be changing within a couple years because the now-closed Life Care Center project will redevelop into a significantly larger, more active retirement center (the Aegis Living project). Couple hundred people will be living and working there. With Alki Mail across the street, workers and some residents will be crossing to get coffee, mail a package, catch a bus, etc. I don’t know how, or whether, that figured into SDOT’s plan, but something worth thinking about. The promotional page says they’re expecting to open in fall 2017. Admiral itself also is starting to further densify, a la California – rowhouses/townhouses replacing single-family homes (like the ones just west of the business district on the south side of the street, for example) – TR

  • mossfarmer February 20, 2015 (11:33 pm)

    Not to split hairs but our home is one of those directly the 3210 project and we were never approached regarding crane approval as the statement implies. It may be that they didn’t approach us on the assumption that we would decline which would be a pretty good bet.

  • John February 21, 2015 (10:05 am)

    Regarding cranes.

    I understand that certain types of counterbalanced cranes (T shaped) have the counterbalance boom with considerable overhang from the pivot point support base. If that counterbalance boom swings/intrudes into the air space above ones property, permission is required from that property owner.

    Just one denial of approval could eliminate that type of crane. Maybe that is why ‘mossfarmer’ was not approached. And if the crane would not swing into ‘mossfarmer’s’ air space, there was no need to seek approval.

    Other more compact styles of cranes are designed for projects without ‘air rights’.

  • rob February 21, 2015 (6:05 pm)

    If I lived under the fly zone of the crane it would be time to make some money off the contractor. Everything has a price. And for the light anything is good to slow down the speeding cars. If people drove the speed limit and yielded to people in crosswalk we would not be having this chat

  • JanS February 22, 2015 (2:22 pm)

    rob…exactly right….5 more minutes to get to work is nothing. And, hey, leave a few minutes earlier. The people for needing the light are terribly sorry for inconveniencing drivers…gah!

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