Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project
Creating a gateway entrance to West Seattle with mobility, landscaping, and lighting improvements
Last updated: 3/17/2017
Fauntleroy Way SW serves many purposes; it is a key entrance to West Seattle, a major truck street, a bike route, and is 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.
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 SW 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:
As part of the design process, we’re evaluating these potential improvements:
Following voter approval of the Move Seattle levy in 2015 and additional dedicated project funding, the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project now has funding for design and construction. The project is currently at the 60% design phase.
Over the next year, we will continue to meet with area businesses, stakeholder organizations, and residents to refine and finalize the design. We anticipate completing design work in fall 2017 and beginning construction in late 2017.
Existing Conditions on Fauntleroy Way SW
We're holding "Walk and Talk" project tours on March 16 and 18, 2017, to share the latest on the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project design, early construction planning, and gather feedback from the community.
If you're unable to attend one of our Walk and Talks, please first view these display boards from the event, then share your feedback about the project in the comment form below. We'll be collecting comments through March 31, 2017.
Take a look at the Walk and Talk display boards, then share your feedback on the Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project.
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 a part 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.
Jill is excited to work with the community to create a piece of art significant and unique to West Seattle, and she needs your help! Jill is distributing postcards at restaurants, coffee shops, and community centers throughout the West Seattle Junction. Pick up a postcard, fill in your West Seattle story, and mail the pre-paid postcard back to help inform the new art for Fauntleroy Way.
We met with neighborhood stakeholder and property owners to share information about the project and collect feedback on the design throughout 2014 and early 2015. Over the next year, we’ll continue to meet with area businesses, stakeholder organizations, and residents to refine and finalize the design, and share information about project construction.
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.
Questions or Comments?
Contact the project team: