ROAD WORK ALERT: SW Charlestown resurfacing expected to start this week

Though it’s not contiguous to the main project zone, resurfacing of the steep SW Charlestown hill west of California is bundled with the Avalon/35th repaving-and-more project. In the most recent project update, SDOT warned that the “high-friction-surface treatments” would be happening in the next few weeks. Today nearby resident Chuck shared the news that neighbors have been told the work is scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday (September 4-5), 9 am-3 pm, which means a closure of the hill in the 46th-47th vicinity.

8 Replies to "ROAD WORK ALERT: SW Charlestown resurfacing expected to start this week"

  • just wondering September 2, 2019 (4:29 pm)

    I’m wondering if the “high-friction-surface treatments” will be affected by the West Seattle High School graduating classes annual tradition?   Every year they spray paint the school colors and their graduation year over the entire the hill.  It makes quite a mess.

  • Plf September 2, 2019 (10:07 pm)

    Be great if this year parents could slow down on 44 th ave sw leading up to Charlestown,  the speed and at times aggressive driving is dangerous and more often it is a parent driving the car, 44 th has kids living on it, and be great if parents would slow down as though their family lived on the street, as a block,we have asked for some speed enforcement so hopefully that will happen to encourage parents to SLOW DOWN

  • Mike September 2, 2019 (10:37 pm)

    I’d prefer they fix Alaska on the East side of California as you approach California. That’s some serious ruts.Are they trying to make Charlestown hill more winter friendly for rain and ice?

  • Neighbor One September 3, 2019 (8:07 am)

    Don’t forget about the annual pumpkin slide too. 

    • just wondering September 4, 2019 (9:25 am)

      And the drunk adult sledding when it snows!

  • Lola September 3, 2019 (10:35 am)

    I saw the sign’s this weekend when I went by and wondered what they were going to be doing.  Thank you WSB for keeping us informed. 

  • GWS September 4, 2019 (11:39 am)

    The re-surfacing will provide a blank canvas for the Spring high school tradition.  They are scouring the surface right now which will remove all of the previous paint jobs (be careful if you’re walking up/down the hill today as the scouring tends to shoot out tiny little pieces of shrapnel).  Only time will tell if this ‘friction’ coating will actually end the frequent stalls and tire spinning on wet days.

  • DVD September 4, 2019 (2:30 pm)

    It would be great if people used this new traction scouring and actually stopped at the stop signs at the bottom of the hill. Even slowing down before blazing through the intersection would be an improvement. 

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