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16th Avenue SW Paving Project

Revised October 2, 2009
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Update: 16th Avenue SW Construction Complete

The reconstruction of 16th Avenue SW between SW Findlay and SW Brandon streets is now complete, with a dramatic improvement in what was a very dilapidated roadway. Crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) rebuilt and slightly widened the road; made drainage improvements including a new storm drain and street drain inlets; repaved the walkway on the west side of the street; and rebuilt the concrete driveways.

Repairing the 5400 block of 16th Ave SW, at north end of South Seattle Community College, took about eight weeks and wrapped up on-schedule and on-budget. This project is part of the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

Update: 16th Avenue SW Construction to Begin

Starting Wednesday or Thursday, July 22 or 23, construction crews plan to bring in equipment and prepare for reconstruction of 16th Avenue SW, between SW Findlay Street and SW Brandon Street. There may be some traffic interruptions with assistance of flaggers this week, but they will be short in duration.

Starting Monday, July 27, the 16th Avenue SW roadway will be closed to northbound traffic at SW Findlay Street. For motorists traveling on 16th Avenue SW with destinations north of SW Findlay, the only through access will be by way of SW Austin St/Dumar Way SW/SW Orchard St and Delridge Way SW. There are no other through streets north of SW Austin to allow traffic to get north of SW Findlay.

Construction is expected to last six to eight weeks.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will reconstruct a section of pavement that is now in very poor condition on 16th Avenue SW between SW Findlay Street and SW Brandon Street. A portion of the street will be widened. This project is part of the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

Project Description

This project will involve reconstruction and minor widening of the roadway on 16th Avenue SW between SW Findlay Street and SW Brandon Street.

Work includes:

  • roadway pavement removal and replacement
  • drainage improvements including new curb and gutters
  • sidewalk repaving on the west side of the street
  • rebuilding concrete driveway aprons to match the new road

Construction work is currently scheduled to begin as early as the week of July 20th and continue for approximately six weeks to eight weeks.

Northbound Traffic Detour

During construction, northbound traffic will be detoured via SW Austin St/Dumar Way SW/SW Orchard St and Delridge Way SW. Northbound Metro bus service will be provided as far north as South Seattle Community College, then detoured. Detour signs will be posted.

Southbound traffic will be maintained.

SPECIAL NOTE : - Mailbox Relocation (east side only)

Due to the minor roadway widening, mailboxes may need to be moved farther east from the new curb. The contractor will do this work in coordination with the affected property owners and the US Postal Service.

What to Expect During Construction

  • Traffic detours
  • Pedestrian detours
  • Parking restrictions
  • Moderate construction noise and dust
  • Normal work hours will be 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Regular notices with more specific information during construction

Contacts:

George Frost, Public Outreach Coordinator, george.frost@seattle.gov, (206) 615-0786
Jessica Murphy, Project Manager, jessica.murphy@seattle.gov, (206) 684-0178

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