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Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project

Creating mobility, landscaping, and lighting improvements at the entrance to West Seattle

Last updated: 6/01/2017

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We're approaching our 90% design milestone.

Since resuming design in December 2016, we've been meeting with business and property owners, stakeholder groups, and residents to discuss the project. Now, we're refining our 90% design. Read below to learn more about what we heard and how we're responding to it.


Project overview

Fauntleroy Way SW serves many purposes; it is a key entrance to West Seattle, a major truck street, a bike route, and home to numerous retail businesses and new residential developments. Today, this area presents several challenges that impact mobility for users, including: poorly defined sidewalks, significant distances between marked pedestrian crossings, no dedicated space for people riding bikes, and minimal landscaping.

Project description

The Fauntleroy Boulevard Project builds upon previous planning work done by the community. Discussions of improvements to Fauntleroy Way began in 1999, when the West Seattle Junction Hub Neighborhood Plan identified streetscape improvements in this area, and continued through the multi-year West Seattle Triangle planning process. The community chose a preferred streetscape plan for the project in 2012, which was formally adopted by SDOT and the Seattle Department of Planning and Development. In addition, the 2014 Bike Master Plan designated Fauntleroy Way for a protected bike lane.

Through several extensive community planning efforts, the residents and business owners in the area have expressed the need for mobility improvements to make this stretch of Fauntleroy Way more comfortable for people walking or riding bikes, and highlight its role as a main entrance to West Seattle. The project goals are:

  • Respond to community needs identified in the West Seattle Triangle Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan
  • Improve mobility by organizing the street to be more predictable and comfortable for everyone: people driving cars or trucks, walking, or biking
  • Enhance Fauntleroy Way's role as a key entrance to West Seattle

The project area is on Fauntleroy Way between 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St.

Project Map

As part of the design process, we're evaluating these potential improvements:

  • New sidewalks, crosswalks, and shortened crossings at side streets, created by realigning skewed intersections
  • New street lighting
  • Signal additions and revisions
  • Protected bike lane(s)
  • Landscaping and other urban design features
  • New public art, funded by the City of Seattle's 1% for Art program
  • Maintaining freight mobility

Existing conditions

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Typical cross-section

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Schedule

DATE DESCRIPTION

2011

Conceptual design

2012

Community feedback on conceptual design alternatives

Summer 2014

  • Design meetings with businesses
  • Briefings to community and neighborhood organizations

July 2014

30% design milestone

September 2014

Public open house

October 2014

60% design milestone

December 2016

  • Reinitiate project
  • Shared project information at the Department of Neighborhood's Housing Affordability and Livability SW Community Meeting

January 2017

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board briefing

February 2017

  • West Seattle Bike Connections briefing
  • West Seattle Transportation Coalition briefing
  • Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO) briefing

March 2017

Walk and Talks

Winter and Spring 2017

  • Design meetings with businesses
  • Briefings to community and neighborhood organizations
  • 90% design milestone

Summer 2017

100% design milestone

Fall 2017 Pre-construction coordination with the community

Early 2018

Anticipated construction start

Mid-2019

Anticipated construction end

Funding

The conceptual design and analysis for the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project were funded by local tax dollars. Final design and construction is funded by the voter-approved Move Seattle levy in 2015 and additional dedicated project funding.

90% design updates

Fauntleroy Way is a busy street and a key route in and out of Seattle. We're committed to making the area work for all users – people who walk, bike, and drive. In response to community input, we've conducted the following evaluations to inform the 90% designs.

Left-turn access

The 60% design includes a landscaped center median on Fauntleroy Way to calm traffic and enhance the area's role as a gateway to West Seattle.

  • What we heard: Concern that the median between SW Avalon Way and SW Oregon St would make it difficult for people driving to access nearby businesses.
  • How we responded: We reviewed the traffic impacts of adding a two-way left-turn break in the median near 37th Ave SW to allow for left turns. Based on our results, we've determined that adding a median break is feasible.
  • What we found: There are tradeoffs associated with this option. Adding a center left-turn lane would improve access to nearby businesses for people driving, but it would also increase the number of traffic movements and the potential for conflicts between people walking and biking and people driving. Adding a left-turn lane would also diminish the overall traffic-calming effect of the median.
  • Next steps: We recently collected comments on a potential median break. We are in the process of reviewing the feedback we've received, and we'll confirm the final design this summer.

Traffic study

The project design maintains two lanes of traffic in each direction on Fauntleroy Way, as we have today. The 60% design eliminates the right-turn pockets from Fauntleroy Way onto Avalon Way and Oregon St. Closing the right-turn pockets improves mobility for all users, minimizes the potential for conflicts between people who walk, bike, or drive, and provides space for new sidewalks and protected bike lanes.

  • What we heard: Some people had concerns that removing the right-turn pockets would cause major traffic delays for people driving. Others favored removing the right-turn pockets to minimize the potential for conflicts between people who walk, bike, and drive.
  • How we responded: We updated the original traffic study to predict changes in vehicle travel times and level of service on Fauntleroy Way once the project is built. The updated traffic study included current traffic counts and factored in increased future traffic volumes by looking at current and planned developments and overall population growth in West Seattle.
  • What we found: Once the project is built, the projected level of service and travel times for people who drive will remain within SDOT standards. This is in part due to signal timing improvements we will make at each intersection as a part of the project.
  • Next steps: Based on the findings of the updated traffic study, the final design will eliminate the right-turn pockets on Fauntleroy Way at Avalon Way and Oregon St. The design will still allow right turns at these intersections for all approaches. 

Read the revised traffic study.

Intersection of Fauntleroy Way and 35th Ave SW

The current 60% design includes no changes to the intersection of Fauntleroy Way and 35th Ave.

  • What we heard: Interest in extending the project improvements through the intersection of Fauntleroy Way and 35th Ave, enhancing pedestrian infrastructure, and changing the lane configuration near the intersection to reduce the length of pedestrian crossings.
  • How we responded: We looked at the costs and engineering impacts of extending pedestrian infrastructure improvements and making changes to lane configuration and channelization.
  • Next steps: The 90% design will include new signal mast arms, curb ramps and bulbs, new pedestrian push buttons and "countdown" crossing signals, and newly painted crosswalks at the intersection of Fauntleroy Way and 35th Ave. The 90% design will not include changes to the lane configuration at Fauntleroy Way and 35th Ave, due to the additional costs associated with designing and building channelization changes at this intersection.

Additional crosswalk between Avalon Way and Oregon St

The current 60% design adds one new crosswalk across Fauntleroy Way, at 38th Ave SW.

  • What we heard: Interest in adding another new crosswalk across Fauntleroy Way between Oregon St and Avalon Way to improve access for people walking.
  • How we responded: We analyzed the potential traffic impacts of adding a signalized crosswalk across Fauntleroy Way near 37th Ave.
  • What we found: Adding a mid-block crosswalk across Fauntleroy Way near 37th Ave would result in long traffic queues during peak travel periods, backing-up traffic into adjacent intersections.
  • Next steps: Based on the projected impact to vehicle traffic, the final design will not include an additional crosswalk across Fauntleroy Way near 37th Ave.

1% for Art

We're excited to announce that a panel of community leaders, project staff, and local artists selected Jill Anholt to develop the public art component for the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project through the City of Seattle's 1% for Art program. The new art will be installed as apart of Fauntleroy Boulevard Project construction.

Jill is a visual artist based in Vancouver BC who has been creating site-specific works in the public realm since 1998. Her practice ranges from complex integrated works in parks, pedestrian walkways, and transit stations, to small-scale installations in buildings and public plazas across North America.

In March and April 2017, Jill collected input from the West Seattle community to help inform her artwork. We'll share her project plans with the community in fall 2017.

Get involved

Since project design started in 2014, we've held numerous community briefings, small group meetings, an open house, and two project walking tours. Thank you to everyone who has shared their input and helped to shape the project design. To learn more about what we've heard from public input, read the March 2017 Walk and Talk feedback summary and the September 2014 open house summary.

To stay updated on the project and project-related events, please sign up for our project email list. If you have questions about the project, please contact us at fauntleroyblvd@seattle.gov or by leaving a voicemail at (206) 727-3994.

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Contact information

Contact the project team: 
Project e-mail: fauntleroyblvd@seattle.gov 
Project phone number: (206) 727-3994

Norene Pen
Project Manager

Rachel McCaffrey
Outreach Lead

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