ROAD-WORK ALERT: SW Alaska repaving

(SDOT image from Community Task Force meeting slide decK)

In addition to the big news about low-bridge access changes (WSB coverage here), Thursday’s West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meeting also yielded a few other announcements we’re reporting today. First: Repaving is ahead for part of SW Alaska. You might recall that the SW Avalon project also included one block of SW Alaska, west of 35th. Now SDOT plans to repave the westbound curb lane between 36th SW and 38th SW. This will be done in three phases, starting with “asphalt-base repair” on the weekends of April 17th and 24th, continuing with some curb-ramp work and concrete repair in May/June, and grinding/resurfacing this summer.

7 Replies to "ROAD-WORK ALERT: SW Alaska repaving"

  • bolo April 9, 2021 (11:59 am)

    That section is pretty chewed up. I question the wisdom with replacing the busted up asphalt with more asphalt that does not hold up to the heavier weight of the accordion buses that constantly run that stretch.

  • Dangeruss April 9, 2021 (12:03 pm)

    This is amazing news! This stretch is a major part of the bike route from the lower bridge to the Alaska junction, and is a bit harrowing for less experienced riders — glad to hear the work will start soon.

  • JK April 9, 2021 (12:23 pm)

    Yes, these blocks of Alaska are dangerous for cyclists due to pavement damage from buses.  It looks like this project does not involve fixing the pavement damage in the eastbound lane between Fauntleroy and the bus stop where  buses have caused concrete panels near the curb to sink inches and create a really dangerous condition for cyclists.

    • bill April 9, 2021 (9:53 pm)

      Indeed, a friend of mine clipped the raised edge of the panel in front of the bus stop and crashed hard. Fortunately he was ok. Allowing hazards like this to form verges on criminal.

  • Tracey April 9, 2021 (3:38 pm)

    Much like the situation on Beach Drive or on Andover by the Nucor Steel Plant.  Flat City!  Keeps the bike shops happy.   Is there a road in West Seattle that is maintained to the standards required for bike tires?  Geesh, I wish I could find it. 

  • Delridge April 9, 2021 (5:56 pm)

    I have had cars ride my butt while on my bike on that very dangerous stretch of road. Glad to see them fix it!

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy April 9, 2021 (7:04 pm)

    Fauntleroy between avalon and alaska is CRAZY awful and needs repaving too. I bike and am very familiar with the huge numerous cracks. 

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