FOLLOWUP: Part of Beach Drive set for repaving; here’s what else is on city’s list

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Jim Unland‘s online petition for repaving a half-mile of Beach Drive south of 61st SW (reported here Sunday) brought out word that part of the road IS on the city’s list for repaving this year – between SW Orleans and SW Andover (map), ending just north of where we took the top photo. After hearing about it from Jim, we confirmed it with SDOT late Wednesday, while also asking which if any other sections of West Seattle roadway are on this year’s paving list. Spokesperson Norm Mah replied with these:

*SW 106th between 35th and Marine View Drive (eastbound)
*2100 block SW Roxbury – “spot panel replacement”
*26th SW between Roxbury and Cambridge – “spot panel replacement”

Also this year, SW Spokane is due for repaving just east of West Seattle, from East Marginal Way to the “low bridge.”

Looking further into the distance, sections of Avalon, 35th, and Roxbury are planned for repaving over the next eight years, as shown on this map:

Back to Beach Drive – we didn’t get a timetable in our reply, but Jim said SDOT’s acting program manager Sue Byers told him, sometime this summer.

14 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Part of Beach Drive set for repaving; here's what else is on city's list"

  • RayK January 28, 2016 (3:32 pm)

    The map includes a caption saying AAC Paving Plan. Is this a one-off project or from a city-wide maintenance program? Is there a webpage to offer more information?

  • Joan January 28, 2016 (3:40 pm)

    According to the map, 35th won’t be repaved until 2023!! Yikes. It’s already a battle field. By then it will be impossible to drive on.I’ve noticed a lot of streets around West Seattle are in very poor condition. Are we the poor stepchild? I don’t think Beach Drive is as bad as other areas. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

  • skeeter January 28, 2016 (3:48 pm)

    Oh dear God.  Delridge is not scheduled to be repaved between now and 2024? 

    • WSB January 28, 2016 (3:55 pm)

      This isn’t necessarily all-encompassing. Delridge for example has a “multi-modal corridor project” that’s come up – don’t think its details are finalized. The south half of Delridge was repaved in 2013:

    • DelMartini January 29, 2016 (1:27 pm)

      With the possibility of ST Lightrail coming to the Delridge Way SW corridor let us please not waste any money on enhancing or rebuilding any more of it than has already been done as it will all just be torn up if Lightrail is approved and built. We need to think in a fiscally responsible and long term manner and not throw taxpayer money away. What can be done to bide time as the ST process winds its way along, is to address specific areas of failed concrete travel-lane panel replacement, and, replacing failed areas of the asphalted  center turn-lane. These are relatively inexpensive fixes that will make travel smoother and quieter, and won’t have us cringing if a newly rebuilt street is ripped apart in 10-15 years for Lightrail tracks to be laid down. Been-There-Done-That in this city over, and over, and over…

      • sam-c January 29, 2016 (2:02 pm)

        DelMartini-I hope they choose Delridge for the LR routing!  But I don’t think they’ve indicated a preference yet.  Who knows. The way the roads are around here… they could fix Delridge in the near future, and by the time they are ready to install light rail, the road condition will be awful again already.

  • Developer Welfare January 28, 2016 (5:05 pm)

    Wow – when I contacted Seattle DOT they told me if Move Seattle passed, 35th between Avalon and Alaska would get paved soon. I wonder what other lies they told to get voters to pass Move Seattle. Our roads are worst than those in many poor countries I’ve visited. But the Mayor and his cronies are putting city money to buy Pronto and expand bikeshare when ridership of the program is abysmal. Where’s the accountability? Why don’t our developer fees (from the major developments going on in West Seattle) go toward fixing the roads their trucks ruin during construction?

    • KM January 28, 2016 (9:12 pm)

      When I reached out to the city regarding 35th, I was told the Move Seattle Levy money would take care of the remaining rechannelisation, and then repave the ENTIRE 35th arterial corridor at that time. I am perplexed by this map as well, and not to mention why that project just couldn’t wait until they had all the funds to do it correctly all at once.

  • AMD January 28, 2016 (7:02 pm)

    I get that they have Big Plans for Delridge, but throw us a bone in the meantime.  Sheesh.

  • trickycoolj January 28, 2016 (7:37 pm)

    No love for Sylvan Way but that’s ok I started driving in the bike lane this week. I’ve reported that street weekly and I’m pretty sure they ignore the pothole reports now. Even when they do show up they do 1 out of the 20 or so up and down the stretch from the cemetery to Home Depot.  When I lived in Northgate they had to patch Northgate Way between N 107th and Densmore so many times that they finally repaved the whole lane only 2 years before the big Northgate Way re-do that just finished.  But you know  the City only wants West Seattle for our property taxes  

    • Elyse January 29, 2016 (12:48 am)

      Yes. I was hoping to see Sylvan way on the list. I got a flat tire weeks ago on a pothole during my daily commute. Let’s keep hoping.

  • dsa January 29, 2016 (1:13 am)

    A radio talk show on homeless said today the city has 40 million earmarked for bicycle lanes.  How much did they spend on painting, ah plasticizing the bus only lane on the spokane street bridge?  Wasn’t it something like 220k.   I think there is money to maintain the roads if they wanted to but they don’t want to.  Those potholes are good for passing levies.

  • Developer Welfare January 29, 2016 (9:06 am)

    Well, Move Seattle levy did identify more than $240 million in potential bike lane projects. I guess we get what we voted for – bike lanes from an administration against cars (and apparently West Seattle infrastructure). Let’s all ride our bikes everywhere, because that’s feasible. 

  • JAT January 29, 2016 (2:46 pm)

    Developer Welfare,I’m glad to read that you correctly identify that it is feasible to ride your bike everywhere.  As for the Administration being “against cars”, obviously the overwhelming majority of all transportation dollars (and the overwhelming majority of those come from property taxes) go to supporting cars, and you know it.

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