2012-2013 Arterial Paving Projects: Delridge Way SW – South of Orchard
May 13, 2013
Phase 3 – Construction from SW Thistle to SW Holden streets, to begin May 15
The contractor plans to move into Phase 3 of the Delridge Paving Project on May 15, weather permitting. This covers the stretch of Delridge Way SW from SW Thistle to SW Holden streets. Initial work in this phase includes installing storm drainage structures and removing and resurfacing the roadway. Southbound traffic on Delridge Way SW will be detoured at SW Holden Street to 35th Avenue SW. Northbound traffic will be maintained (except during intersection work), as will local access to businesses and residences. Click here to view the Phase 3 Construction Notice.
Traffic will be detoured as follows:
- West on SW Holden Street
- South on 35th Avenue SW
- East on SW Thistle Street
- South on Delridge Way SW
Construction in Phase 2, from SW Trenton to SW Thistle streets, began in mid-March and is nearing completion. Over the next week pedestrian curb ramps will be installed, utilities will be relocated and roadway restoration will be completed.
The roadway in Phases 1 and 2 is expected to be striped in late May. Crack seal work in Phase 1 is scheduled to take place May 16 and 17.
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Phase 2 concrete pour & finishing work
King County Metro and Seattle Public Schools will communicate changes directly to their audiences. For more information on the King County Metro Route 120 Improvements, including a new bus bulb at SW Barton Street and 26th Avenue SW click here.
Questions? Call the PROJECT HOTLINE: 206-257-2214; Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Project Communications Lead LeAnne Nelson at 206-684-3897.
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The southern portion of Delridge Way SW is an important arterial in West Seattle that has deteriorated over time and needs significant repair (PDF 665 KB). The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will rebuild much of the roadway and make other improvements in 2013 using funds from the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy passed by Seattle voters in November 2006.
- New concrete and asphalt pavement providing a smoother ride that better withstands traffic loads
- Increased storm-water capacity, reducing overflow into Longfellow Creek
- New and upgraded curb ramps to meet current accessibility standards
- Increased safety for all modes of travel with lane reconfigurations
Construction includes (PDF 617 KB) rebuilding approximately one and a half miles of Delridge Way SW between SW Orchard and Roxbury streets; and installing new storm water detention capacity beneath Delridge between SW Orchard and Henderson streets. Crews will also upgrade and build new curb ramps along the roadway to consistently meet accessibility standards.
Schedule & Phasing
SDOT advertised for construction bids in September, 2012 and awarded the $6.7 million construction contract to Gary Merlino Construction on November 9, 2012. The project begins January 10, 2013 and is expected to be substantially complete by December of 2013. To minimize construction impacts to the nearby community the construction will be done in phases, in two to three block increments. Each of the phases is anticipated to take between two and three months to complete. These phases are:
- Phase 1: SW Henderson St to SW Trenton St
- Phase 2: SW Trenton St to SW Thistle St
- Phase 3: SW Thistle St to SW Holden St
- Phase 4: SW Holden St to SW Orchard St
- Phase 5: SW Roxbury St to SW Henderson St
Each segment will be striped according to its final configuration and placed into service as it is completed.
Traffic During Construction
Delridge Way SW is too narrow (PDF 621 KB) to allow two-way traffic during construction. To ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians, and allow enough space for the crews to complete their work, southbound traffic will be detoured around the construction during the first three phases via 35th Avenue SW – the nearest continuous arterial. Northbound traffic will be maintained along Delridge during all but a few weekends when intersections between the phases are rebuilt.
What You Can Expect During Construction
- Southbound detours around active construction zones
- One lane allowed for northbound traffic through construction zone
- Occasional weekend intersection closures at SW Holden, Thistle, Trenton, and Henderson streets
- Closures of residential streets where they intersect Delridge Way SW
- Short-term driveway closures and sidewalk detours
- Daytime, nighttime and weekend work activities
- Noise, dust (or mud) and heavy construction traffic
- Increased travel times through the construction zone and along the detour route
- Temporary bus stop relocations or closures (one at a time each direction)
- Parking restrictions during work on Delridge Way SW
Public outreach began in November 2011 when design was 30 percent complete. For 2012 outreach has included briefings to the Delridge Neighborhood District Council (DNDC); a Mayor’s Town Hall information table; an October 2 SDOT-hosted Open House; project information newsletters (PDF 834 KB) mailed to nearly 4,000 area addresses Fall 2012; and other area organization briefings. We’ll also continue working to raise awareness with:
- Informational fliers to adjacent affected businesses and residences
- Email updates (sign up for these updates by sending an email to email@example.com)
- Briefings to local neighborhood and business groups as requested – let us know!
- Web page updates
If you have questions, comments or suggestions please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Project Communications Lead LeAnne Nelson at email@example.com or 206-684-3897.