Mike McGinn, Mayor
3/23/2006 11:15:00 AM
SEATTLE--All lanes of Sylvan Way Southwest in West Seattle will likely reopen in early May barring further unforeseen circumstances, and bad weather conditions.
Construction crews have been working on Sylvan Way Southwest, an east-west arterial street linking 35th Avenue SW and Delridge Way SW in West Seattle for the past month on a private sewer project. A private developer is building 178 town homes, requiring new sewer and storm water mains in the immediate area.
During construction, the contractor encountered unexpectedly poor soil conditions. The contractor was forced to dig deeper than previously anticipated to correct the unstable soil condition, before refilling the area with stable rock and proceeding with pipe installation.
The private developer is funding the street work.
When the street reopens, single lanes may be closed as needed for utility work and sidewalk construction through the spring. Motorists are now being directed to Southwest Holden Street, although access to businesses at the east end of Sylvan Way near Delridge Way SW is being maintained.
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) inspectors continue to monitor the Sylvan Way construction work.
The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.