See what’s now being considered for Delridge Way SW in RapidRide H Line conversion – with a new date

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Six months after last we checked in on the design for Delridge Way SW as part of the RapidRide H Line conversion (WSB coverage here), the City Council’s Transportation Committee just got a briefing. Shown above is the 10 percent design concept for the Delridge section of the route.

One major change since what we saw/heard in January – the launch date for the Route 120 conversion is now described as 2021; it had been 2020.

Today’s briefing was related to a requirement that the council see the project at 10 percent design before spending goes beyond $1.4 million (the full project will cost at least $42 million, SDOT reps said at today’s meeting). This is still a very “early” stage of design, it was stressed, and District 1 Councilmember Lisa Herbold expressed interest in seeing south-end elements including improvements to the neighborhood greenway on 17th SW as well as connections to White Center. She was assured that those will be ready to review when the project gets to the 30 percent phase. That’s also when they’ll know more about how much repaving will be included as well as how and where sidewalk improvements will be addressed.

The final vote on allowing the project to proceed to the next phase of design is due at the full City Council meeting one week from next Monday – that’s July 30th. We’ll add video from today’s discussion – the committee meeting is still under way, on other topics, and about to enter its fourth hour – when it’s available.

12 Replies to "See what's now being considered for Delridge Way SW in RapidRide H Line conversion - with a new date"

  • AMD July 17, 2018 (5:40 pm)

    Another delay?  Really?  The first time I heard about the 120 being converted to a RR they said it would happen in 2016.*sigh*It’s hard to stay engaged in the planning process when my faith it will actually happen is ebbing away.

    • Jort July 18, 2018 (12:01 am)

      Don’t fret, AMD. By 2021 I’m sure city leadership will have delivered a watered-down final product meant to be as inoffensive to people as possible. The Seattle Process is real, and I have yet to see how it is something that’s really worth nurturing anymore. We govern this city like it’s an online comments section. 

  • Jason July 17, 2018 (5:52 pm)

    Can’t click the full size pdf link here in iPhone. Somethings wrong with the link. Anyone got the url? 

  • Delridge July 17, 2018 (6:05 pm)

    WSB, Do you have another photo with a clear image? The writing on the photo is blurry.  

  • Marty2 July 17, 2018 (7:23 pm)

    Hope they repave Delridge Way north of SW Orchard Street before the Rapid Ride starts, that stretch is already in need of repair and the Rapid Ride buses will only make it worse.

    • AMD July 17, 2018 (9:12 pm)

      They’ve been putting off repaving it because of the impending work with Rapid Ride going in.  Every time they put off the Rapid Ride, the street repairs also get put off.

  • Flimflam July 17, 2018 (10:00 pm)

    Rapid ride – same routes, same travel time, different name. Yay metro.

  • 1994 July 17, 2018 (10:52 pm)

    At least 42 million?!? To convert a bus route to another bus route? 

    • AMD July 18, 2018 (5:14 am)

      There are infrastructure upgrades associated with Rapid Ride.  RR gets signal priority at intersections, they replace/improve sidewalks and curbs at most stops, sometimes add curb bulbs, new shelters, lighting, signage, the Orca card reader, etc. at the stops.  That’s part of why they’re putting off paving…  they’ll be tearing up some of the new pavement to do some of the infrastructure work so it’s most efficient and cost-effective to do it once.  But now that the delay is hitting 5 years it seems it would have been worth it to do it twice anyway.

  • sam-c July 18, 2018 (3:19 pm)

    The plan calls for bus ‘queue jumping’ for northbound buses at SW Orchard St. That makes sense, but does it mean they will do away with the recently installed protected  bike lane?  looks like ‘yes’ on the proposed street section view.  Bummer.  And they are getting rid of the Delridge NB/ SB turn lanes too. Seems problematic as that’s a  busy intersection for that sort of thing, seeing as there are few east / west connections thru the ‘dells’ and ‘ridges’

    • sam-c July 18, 2018 (4:41 pm)

      (by Delridge NB/ SB turn lanes, I meant the left turn lanes on Delridge- at that Delridge/ Orchard intersection)

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