DELRIDGE RAPIDRIDE PROJECT: Tree work, side-street staging, and other updates

If you travel along the north half of Delridge Way SW, you’ve probably seen the protective enclosures put up around street trees. Crews on the project paving the way for the RapidRide H Line have also started trimming some trees, and that’s part of what’s in the first update shared by SDOT since work started this past Monday:

We have started tree trimming work this week that will carry into next week on Delridge Way SW in West Seattle. We are also beginning to install drain socks, potholing, and some light saw cutting.

Please note that the trees that are being trimmed are street trees in the right-of-way. We will also be conducting some tree trimming later this summer.

As part of this project, we will upgrade sidewalks and curb ramps, replace panels, and mobilize large equipment in the street. To prepare for this work, overgrown vegetation on private property (tree limbs, shrubs, etc.) that extend into the public right-of-way will need to be trimmed. Please trim trees and plants that hang over the sidewalk as well as tree limbs that hang 14 feet or lower over the street. If plants are not trimmed, we will begin trimming them as we prepare for sidewalk and curb ramp work later this summer.

Work by zone:

Zone A (West Seattle Bridge to SW Findlay St)
SW Alaska, SW Dakota, and SW Genesee streets

We will be conducting utility and storm work. Please expect traffic to be shifted to the east side of Delridge Way SW.

Zone B (SW Findlay St to north of SW Orchard St)
SW Findlay St to SW Juneau St

We will be installing utility pipes. Please expect and traffic to be shifted to the east side of Delridge Way SW.

Zone C (North of SW Orchard St to White Center)
We will continue adjusting traffic signals at select locations in Zone C. Please follow posted traffic signs.

Note that some side streets are blocked at Delridge for staging:

Please note that we are staging equipment at the following streets off of Delridge Way SW and through traffic will be restricted.

 SW Dakota St, west side of Delridge
 SW Edmonds St, west side of Delridge
 SW Edmonds St, east side of Delridge
 SW Hudson St, west side of Delridge
 SW Hudson St, east side of Delridge
 SW Puget Blvd, east side of Delridge
o We will close the gravel alley behind the apartments to the first driveway and use this area for staging.
 SW Brandon St, west side of Delridge
 SW Juneau St, east side of Delridge (summer only)
 SW Willow St, west side of Delridge

The 120 will become the H Line in September 2021. For a full look at all the work that’s scheduled along the corridor, browse the online open house (which has contact info for the project team).

9 Replies to "DELRIDGE RAPIDRIDE PROJECT: Tree work, side-street staging, and other updates"

  • Steve Engle June 11, 2020 (11:52 pm)

    Did anyone get advance notification of the side street closures? Were notices mailed to residents? I received none. Alaska, Edmunds, and Hudson are all closed west of Delridge, that means using Brandson or  Genesee to get into the neighborhood east of the West Seattle Golf Course.

    • Tony June 12, 2020 (9:17 am)

      “No parking” 24/7 signs were posted on the intersection of Dakota/Delridge but nothing saying they were closing the road. Life just got more complicated……#youngstownblues

    • S Delridge June 15, 2020 (1:01 pm)

      They have sent us numerous notices of the changes. We received one around the first of the month detailing the changes and the timeline. There have been no parking signs between Thistle and Trenton for over a week.  There are utility lines painted on our block

  • anonyme June 12, 2020 (1:09 pm)

    SDOT is terrible with communication.  They employ a slew of high paid mouthpieces that spew spin, but little that is helpful, accurate, or timely.  Having lived on a staging corner during sidewalk construction, I feel sorry for the residents about to enter into this nightmare.

  • Trudy skilton June 13, 2020 (6:26 pm)

    We got no notice. Non of my neighbors did. My block has had problems already with access due to other projects in the area. Combine this with all of the street closures and it’s hard to get around. Dreading monday. We need access to our home including wheelchair loading. Knowing what to expect would really be helpful. Any communication from the city would help

    • skeeter June 15, 2020 (12:23 pm)

      Interesting.  My family lives in the Highpoint neighborhood.  We did get notice by both email and regular postal mail.  The notices included project description, timelines, work areas, etc.     

  • Christine June 15, 2020 (7:03 pm)

    Any idea how construction impacts garbage pickup on Delridge? Tomorrow is trash day, but staging blocks access to the curb on Delridge.  

  • Trudy skilton June 17, 2020 (3:54 pm)

    This states Brandon on West Side. Parking Signs were set out on the East side of Delridge at 12:45 starting at 7:00am TOMORROW for a month

    • WSB June 17, 2020 (4:05 pm)

      Call SDOT and be sure they know if you didn’t get 24+ hours notice. 206-684-ROAD

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