ROAD-WORK ALERT: SDOT crews marking SW Roxbury for rechannelization work

(WSB photos)

Thanks to @smokeycretin9 for tweeting the tip: An SDOT crew is working on SW Roxbury right now, putting down markings for the upcoming rechannelization. They’re working westward toward 35th SW and the crew supervisor told us they’re expecting to be out most of the day.

The bulk of the work, he confirmed – including the “hydroblasting” to remove the old lane stripes – will start a week from Monday, which is the time frame that project manager Jim Curtin gave the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council earlier this summer. As unveiled at WWRHAH’s meeting last April, SDOT’s plan will rechannelize the road between 17th and 35th, along with other safety measures along the entire length, eastward to Olson.

16 Replies to "ROAD-WORK ALERT: SDOT crews marking SW Roxbury for rechannelization work"

  • Chris September 4, 2015 (1:11 pm)

    The new lane markings look great. When you are walking on the sidewalk now, there is a nice buffer between you and the traffic lane.

  • Andy September 4, 2015 (1:25 pm)

    Well. I guess this fits in with the rest of Seattle traffic patterns. Lots of roads to travel N/S and nothing but arterials for any E/W travel

  • PG September 4, 2015 (2:35 pm)

    Oh, don’t worry. They are re-channelizing 35th (starting the the south end) next, so they are taking care of N-S in West Seattle.

  • harumph September 4, 2015 (7:07 pm)

    8th and Roxbury and every street entering into it still sux. Just sayin’. Big fail.

  • MOVE! Seattle PLEASE! September 4, 2015 (9:37 pm)

    Get ready to creep along in a long line of traffic as this will surely slow things down, cause confusion, and leave more pollution by idling traffic. There are hardly any bike riders on Roxbury and I don’t think slowing traffic down to one lane each direction is going to encourage the bike riding there. I for one am a fan of riding on the side streets and would not risk my life on a main thoroughfare.

  • arnie smith September 4, 2015 (11:36 pm)

    we’ll just avoid white center now and go around other ways. Watch the business’s fail.

    • WSB September 5, 2015 (12:03 am)

      The rechannelization isn’t going through White Center. West of 17th, to 35th. See fact sheet above.

  • rob September 5, 2015 (12:58 pm)

    we can complain about this all we want but this a direct result of our on doing. we the drivers just simply refuse to slow down and drive at a safe speed. Theres a school where children are around and a field where families have soccer games and baseball games along this stretch. If we the drivers had maintained a safe and proper driving manor we would not be talking about this.

  • McCoy September 5, 2015 (1:48 pm)

    Why does WSDOT engineers insist on installing bottlenecks to resolve problems. Timed traffic lights would make better since. Seattle reminds me of a third world city, with knee jerk traffic Solutions.

  • AmandaKH September 5, 2015 (3:19 pm)

    Timed traffic lights would have to be every block on Roxbury to solve the problem
    s it faces. Seattle is very progressive on these issues, and the solutions are working.

  • Bradley September 5, 2015 (4:42 pm)

    Traffic flow will increase on Barton, SW 102nd Street, and SW 104th due to this….right through our neighborhood.

  • Jon Wright September 5, 2015 (7:32 pm)

    To everybody concerned about road channelization, please educate yourself on how previous projects like Fauntleroy and Delridge are working now rather making the knee-jerk assumption that “4 lanes good, 3 lanes bad.” If you are willing to look at the data with an open mind, I think you will see these projects have been very successful at improving safety without creating big bottlenecks or diverting traffic onto neighborhood streets.

  • Cainipoo September 6, 2015 (9:43 am)

    “without creating big bottlenecks or diverting traffic onto neighborhood streets.” Umm, have you been on Alaska between 35th and California? It’s a mess and I certainly try and avoid it like the plague by taking side streets. Fauntleroy and Delridge don’t have the same volume of traffic as 35th.

  • Robert September 6, 2015 (10:14 am)

    How about fixing the potholes BEFORE you screw up the traffic flow,as for speed control , get the motor units off parade duty and START WRITING TICKETS ……maybe then we can afford to re-pave the cow trails and fish-holes we use for streets..

  • Marty September 7, 2015 (8:11 am)

    How many people move to Seattle every month???
    They bring cars and pay taxes…A road DIET is stupid, They need to make traffic better, NOT Worse…Expect higher volume through residential areas, when people find a way out of the Roxbury gridlock.

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