35TH/ALASKA/AVALON PROJECT: Paving milestone

(WSB photo, early March)

SDOT says it’s reached another milestone on the repaving-and-more 35th/Alaska/Avalon project. Here’s the update:

We have wrapped up concrete road paving on SW Alaska St! We anticipate opening SW Snoqualmie St in April. We anticipate completing grinding and final paving of SW Avalon Way between 35th Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW the week of April 6. When we pave, SW Avalon Way from 35th Ave SW to Fauntleroy Way SW will be closed to traffic from 7 PM to 7 AM. Work is weather dependent and subject to change

During grinding and nighttime paving the week of April 6, please expect:

Crews will grind the road down first to prepare the road for an even repaving. This may happen during typical day time work hours. Driveways will be temporarily impacted as equipment moves along the pavement

Paving will take place after grinding and at night. Work will cause vibrations and the smell of tar.

Paving work hours from 7 PM – 7 AM. Crews have a temporary noise variance to do night work.

Paving will take approximately one shift to complete.

Anticipate driveway access to be impacted for a minimum of 1night. We will let property owners know which night to expect this work, when confirmed, and emergency access will always be maintained.

Fresh pavement is hot, oily, and extremely sticky. Please keep off new pavement if you are walking, especially with dogs, as the oil and pavement can harm their feet and be difficult to remove from fur.

Crews will open driveways as they are safe for people walking and driving

As a reminder, for the safety of our crews and your fellow residents, please follow posted detour routes and do not disturb traffic control. We anticipate laying down final striping in April, weather depending.

What to expect this week and next week:

35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St: We have restricted left turns onto SW Alaska St from northbound 35th Ave SW. We anticipate lifting this closure in the coming weeks. Next week we will be installing push buttons for pedestrian crossings, and working on ADA curb ramps at 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St.

Zone F (SW Alaska St from 35th Ave SW to 36th Ave SW): Next week we anticipate working at the intersection of 36th Ave SW and SW Alaska St on curb ramps and sidewalks.

More details on the final phase of work are in our in-depth progress report from late January.

10 Replies to "35TH/ALASKA/AVALON PROJECT: Paving milestone"

  • SDOTisawful March 30, 2020 (9:22 pm)

    Any word from SDOT on when they’re going to fix the lane striping all along Avalon down to Alki? It’s in an absolutely deplorable state given how new it is.

    • WSB March 30, 2020 (9:26 pm)

      All the permanent striping (etc.) is to be done next month, once that last stretch of asphalt paving on Avalon west of 35th is done.

  • Hpdp March 30, 2020 (9:22 pm)

    No mention of the bus stop paving on NB 35th at Edmunds. I hope it’s still in the plans.

  • Joe March 30, 2020 (10:07 pm)

    Just in time for no one to need it since the bridge is closed!

    • tsurly March 31, 2020 (7:59 am)

      A boon for cyclists who need to access the low bridge

      • Adam March 31, 2020 (4:03 pm)

        And the number of cyclists is sure to swell when the “Stay at Home” is lifted. 

  • D Del Rio March 31, 2020 (8:16 am)

    Does anyone know if there will be reflectors and/or bots dots on the striping? I know they used to be very common throughout the city, but I don’t see them as much. It helps 100% to see on dark rainy days, and especially for us that wear glasses. If not, why is it that they wont use them anymore. My sister lives in Tukwila, and I see them all over their streets. 

    • WSB March 31, 2020 (8:53 am)


    • Mark March 31, 2020 (11:16 am)

      Does anyone know if there will be reflectors and/or bots dots on the striping? I know they used to be very common throughout the city, but I don’t see them as much.

      Does the city actively replace reflectors if they are lost due to snow plows?There’s reflectors in some of the newly-striped areas of 35th Ave SW, including the intersection of SW Juneau St.

  • Sam Z March 31, 2020 (6:23 pm)

    This is not a result to be celebrated. It took 1 year to pave and paint what amounts to less than 2 miles of surface streets. Is anyone else concerned about how long it will take to fix the bridge?

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