TRAFFIC ALERT: Next phase of water-main project affecting Admiral Way traffic

(Project zone map provided last month by SPU)

3:24 PM: Last month, we published first word of a water-main project in the Admiral area, with a note that the work would eventually affect travel on SW Admiral Way. That phase is about to start – here’s the update from Seattle Public Utilities:

Starting May 27, SPU contractor crews will begin construction activities on the northwest corner of the intersection at SW Admiral Way and 39th Ave SW. This work is part of a water-main replacement project taking place on 39th Ave SW between SW Grayson St and SW Admiral Way.

While crews are performing work on SW Admiral Way, the two westbound lanes will be closed during working hours between 38th Ave SW and just east of 39th Ave SW. Two-way traffic will be maintained using the two open eastbound lanes. Northbound traffic on 38th Ave SW and 39th Ave SW will not be able to turn left onto SW Admiral Way while traffic controls are in place.

Residents will continue to have pedestrian access to their homes, and roadways will be open outside of working hours. However, site restoration may require a longer closure of 39th Ave SW and SW Admiral Way of up to 3 days to allow the pavement to cure. Residents and commuters are asked to please pay attention to on-site signage and staff direction to support safe movement around the construction site.

Normal working hours will continue to be Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. There will be a brief pause in construction activities Friday, May 28 – Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Work on SW Admiral Way is anticipated to take about two weeks to complete, and the contractor is scheduled to finish work at this site and demobilize in mid-June.

6:11 PM: Two readers said the work at Admiral/39th is already under way. So we asked SPU if the timetable had accelerated. They checked with their on-site team and then sent us this:

Update: Starting (today), there will be intermittent lane restrictions on SW Admiral Way at 39th Ave SW. On Thursday, May 27, crews will close two lanes of traffic on SW Admiral Way to perform water main connection work at the intersection. Crews will re-open SW Admiral Way after work on Thursday and return after the Memorial Day holiday to install hydrants and perform final pavement restoration over the next few weeks. SPU crews are working to minimize impacts to residents and commuters to the extent possible.

6 Replies to "TRAFFIC ALERT: Next phase of water-main project affecting Admiral Way traffic"

  • Mj May 25, 2021 (3:51 pm)

    The work in the NWC of Admiral and 39th is already underway.

  • LuLuBelle May 25, 2021 (4:28 pm)

    When I left this morning at 9:30am lanes were closed & work was underway. 

    • WSB May 25, 2021 (4:44 pm)

      Sorry, this just came in from SPU shortly before I published it – we work out of the south end and haven’t made rounds in the north end yet today so wouldn’t have seen it. I’ll advise them the advisory was wrong … TR

  • Gregg May 26, 2021 (10:15 am)

    It also seems there‚Äôs a new cell tower going up nearby on the Admiral Way hill.  Does anyone know the details?

    • WSB May 26, 2021 (10:24 am)

      Where? Those are usually in land-use permits but there are so many (more often atop apartment/condo buildings) we don’t usually write about them. Many have also gone onto utility poles. A new standalone tower would be unusual.

      • WSB May 26, 2021 (12:54 pm)

        Never mind, we went out shortly after seeing this and found it, on Admiral south of Hanford. Looked like a utility-pole-top installation.

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