Followup: West Seattle project updates, Highway 99 lane closure concerns @ Transportation Committee

Just wrapped up at City Hall, SDOT director Scott Kubly‘s briefing for the City Council Transportation Committee, chaired by West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. We previewed it here last Friday when his written updates arrived along with the meeting agenda; some changes and additions in the briefing, monitored via Seattle Channel‘s live webcast (update: here’s the archived video):

99/AURORA LANE CLOSURES: WSDOT has been warning about weeks of lane closures on 99 just north of downtown, starting as soon as March 7th, because of foundation installation for future messaging signs; Kubly said it appears southbound traffic will be affected the most. City Councilmember Mike O’Brien expressed concern that RapidRide E Line will be caught in the delays and wondered if the project could be postponed until additional transit service starts in June. “(The signs) are for a tunnel that’s been delayed 2 years,” he pointed out. This might all be brought up at next Monday’s council briefing meeting.

FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD: As previously reported here, design for the Fauntleroy Boulevard project between 35th and Alaska is paused at 60 percent until a decision is made about undergrounding utilities, which would add ~$6 million to the price tag.

Rasmussen told Kubly he’ll be meeting with City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco, including a tour of the area, and Kubly offered to join them.

35TH, ROXBURY SAFETY PROJECTS: The official dates for the next meetings on these West Seattle projects will likely be in mid-March, not the potential early March dates mentioned in Kubly’s written report; the announcements are expected within a few days. Speaking about citywide corridor safety projects in general, Kubly said the problem to be solved is that the city’s road network was designed in the ’50s and ’60s for just one transportation mode, the car. So what’s happening now is “not really a war on cars, (but) trying to (re)design our streets to reflect the diversity of ways people want to get around Seattle,” and increasing safety since the current road designs encourage speeding.

47TH/ADMIRAL SIGNAL: With construction starting soon, Rasmussen mentioned concerns about notification of how parking removal will affect Alki Mail and others in the area. Kubly said that notification had first gone out last August that parking would be removed within 50 feet of the intersection (as noted on the project page).

Earlier in the meeting:

TRANSIT BOARD: The committee voted on the resolution creating a new 11-member citywide Transit Advisory Board, which goes to the full council for final approval next week. One topic of discussion – how to ensure that it will have representatives from around the city? Geographic representation is “not mandatory, but aspirational,” observed Rasmussen. O’Brien suggested tweaking the resolution language to further encourage geographic diversity.

(Photo: Screengrab from this morning’s Seattle Channel webcast)

7 Replies to "Followup: West Seattle project updates, Highway 99 lane closure concerns @ Transportation Committee"

  • wakeflood February 24, 2015 (12:38 pm)

    Well, you do have to give Mr. Kubly some early props for picking things up that he wasn’t even involved in and running with them. As I’ve heard him say, he knows that not everything that SDOT is working on will get universal support. I think he figured something like 20-30% of folks will not like any given change and that might be optimistic.

    But change is afoot in our pleasant burgh and he seems like a sharp guy who intends to do the most good for the most folks as he has the power to direct.

    Time will tell…

  • West Seattle Transportation Coalition February 24, 2015 (2:33 pm)

    We are going to apply for a seat on the Transit Advisory Board.

  • East Coast Cynic February 24, 2015 (3:15 pm)

    The best of luck on that WSTC.

  • WSFam February 24, 2015 (3:42 pm)

    Well said Wakeflood!

  • carole February 24, 2015 (6:16 pm)

    Postponement into June might be advantageous, with less college and university traffic, and by mid June public schools out.

  • brandon February 25, 2015 (9:25 am)

    Still Fauntleroy is going to be one heck of mess trying to get through during the project. YUCK! Where are they directing traffic?

    • WSB February 25, 2015 (9:47 am)

      if you mean Fauntleroy Boulevard – construction is two years away at the earliest, so no plan yet.

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