ROAD-CLOSURE ALERT: SW Myrtle closed for repaving as part of Delridge-Highland Park Greenway construction

Thanks to Lesley for the tip about SW Myrtle being closed from 17th SW to 21st SW, near Sanislo Elementary. We’ve subsequently confirmed that the crumbling road is being repaved as work gets under way on the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway project. First, here’s the flyer about the Myrtle repaving, which is expected to continue through Friday:

That means it will be done in plenty of time for the start of school, which is two weeks from today. Meantime, here’s the flyer that has the “big picture” view of the project, which will be under construction for the next four months or so:

If you want to just cut to the heart of what this is about, here’s the explanation on the official webpage:

The greenway will run north-south, connecting White Center to the West Seattle Bridge trail. The greenway route will run generally along 17th Avenue SW in the south and 21st Avenue SW in the north. … Some of the changes will include:

*Crossing improvements at arterial intersections including striped crosswalks, curb extensions and flashing beacons
*Repaving SW Myrtle Street between 17th and 21st Avenue SW
*Speed humps and all-way stops where need, generally about one per block
*Way-finding signage and pavement markings throughout
*Spot pavement repairs to improve roadway user safety
*The greenway route was selected based on various factors, including evaluating streets for low car volumes, speeds and collisions, road grade (or steepness), and input we heard from the community.

SDOT is working with Seattle Public Utilities to design curb extensions with natural drainage systems along 17th Avenue SW, between SW Henderson Street and SW Kenyon Street.

Next phase of the project, after the SW Myrtle repaving, will be sidewalk and crossing improvements on SW Andover between 21st and 22nd; that’s scheduled to start September 1st.

5 Replies to "ROAD-CLOSURE ALERT: SW Myrtle closed for repaving as part of Delridge-Highland Park Greenway construction"

  • Paul August 27, 2015 (6:37 am)

    I know it’s not said often enough, but thanks SDOT and SPU for all of your hard work. The improvements are welcomed and the neighbors are pleased (at least he ones I have talked to)!

  • datamuse August 27, 2015 (8:56 am)

    Hooray! I bike that stretch of Myrtle often and it’s a teeth-rattler. It’ll be nice to have new pavement!

  • Marty August 27, 2015 (3:04 pm)

    Nice looking road! Probably should have been repaved several years ago. Seems like a place with the highest gas taxes in the country could do better.

  • Alan August 28, 2015 (5:02 pm)

    The street was back open when I came through this afternoon. I was excited that this pothole collection would be covered, but it seems like a very uneven surface to me and not the “new road” experience I expected.

  • Paul August 30, 2015 (6:43 pm)

    Alan – I agree. I got out and took pictures. I will be on the phone tomorrow.

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