FOLLOWUP: Date changes, comment responses for Delridge/Orchard CSO project

New information for traffic effects related to the ongoing Delridge/Orchard Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) 2 facility project. Seattle Public Utilities says the SW Myrtle daytime westbound lane closure at 24th SW announced for this week have moved up a day and will be happening on Tuesday/Wednesday (April 28-29) instead. (Flow-monitoring equipment is being installed.) SPU spokesperson Emily Reardon also had answers for two topics that came up in comments on the previous report – first, resulting road changes:

this project narrowed the roadway to two standard-width east-west lanes on SW Orchard, and extended the curb bulb at Orchard and Dumar. These changes allow for new sidewalks and ADA curb ramps along Orchard. The intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Orchard St. remains largely unchanged. Crews have not yet completed the lanes or added roadway striping. This new roadway configuration is an SDOT-approved design.

The project overview flyer mentions that work.

Another commenter had wondered about an odd color in Longfellow Creek and whether it was related to the CSO work. From Reardon: “I checked with our construction crew and confirmed that no sediment from this project has been released into Longfellow Creek. Sometimes, different colors in creeks in the area can be naturally occurring, but they can also be a sign of a problem upstream … If residents are concerned about something they’re seeing in the creek, they are encouraged to call SPU’s 24-hour emergency line at: 206-386-1800.”

2 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Date changes, comment responses for Delridge/Orchard CSO project "

  • Neighbor April 27, 2015 (5:56 pm)

    I don’t know what S.D.O.T stands for but the dictionary definition of transportation no longer applies to them. Examples are everywhere they have realigned or “dieted” roads in the last few years. I live on this street. The new alignment and narrowing creates a choke point for the very limited benefit of a crosswalk I hardly ever see used. Just wait and watch for the traffic impact of disabled vehicles (new curbs = no more shoulder), oversize vehicles (busses / trucks), and anyone trying to turn left at Orchard & Dumar. They should have stuck with the three lane configuration and made a continuous turn lane from Delridge to Dumar. Easier to get out of the gas station. Easier to turn at Dumar without blocking everyone. Easier ot go left (South) at Delridge. Fail.

  • Charles April 28, 2015 (10:11 am)

    I agree with every point “Neighbor” makes. I commute through this intersection almost every day. SDOT needs to help create traffic capacity and increase safety on our roads, intersections, sidewalks. I don’t see a lot of benefit in this project (at least the reduction in lanes) and only the cost that I help fund via property taxes.

Sorry, comment time is over.