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Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project

Project Update

12/18/14

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has reached the 60% design stage for proposed improvements to Fauntleroy Way SW.  We anticipate completing project design work in spring 2015.
The project is not currently funded for construction. In order to advance the project into construction, the Seattle City Council would need to allocate construction funding. If construction funding is secured, the earliest construction would begin is fall 2016.

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Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has reached the 60% design milestone for the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project, between 35th Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street.

Fauntleroy Way serves many purposes; it is a key entrance to West Seattle, a designated freight and bicycle route, and is home to numerous retail businesses and new residential developments. However, this portion of Fauntleroy Way has poorly defined sidewalks, significant distances between marked pedestrian crossings, no dedicated space for bike riders, 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 streetscape plan was formally adopted by SDOT and the Seattle Department of Planning and Development in 2012. In addition, the 2014 Bike Master Plan designated Fauntleroy Way SW for a protected bike lane.

Through several extensive community processes, the residents and business owners in the area have expressed the need for improvements to make this stretch of Fauntleroy Way SW safer for pedestrians and 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 safety and mobility for all users, by balancing the needs of multiple users and reducing potential conflicts between vehicles and other modes
  • Enhance Fauntleroy Way SW’s role as a key entrance to West Seattle

As part of the design process, SDOT is evaluating several potential improvements, including:

  • Improved pedestrian amenities (new concrete sidewalks, lighting, crosswalks, signal additions or revisions and shortened crossings of side streets by realigning skewed intersections)
  • Protected bike lane(s)
  • Landscaping and other urban design features
  • Maintenance of freight mobility

Project Schedule

Conceptual design on the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project began in 2011. In 2012, SDOT conducted public outreach to receive feedback on conceptual design alternatives. In 2013, the City Council approved funding for additional design work. A public open house was held in September 2014 to share information about the project design, and the project is currently at the 60% design stage.

Public Outreach

We have been meeting with neighborhood stakeholder organizations to provide more information about the project. If you would like to schedule a project briefing for your organization, please send an e-mail to fauntleroyblvd@seattle.gov. We will continue to provide information about the project to the public and keep neighbors engaged through e-mail updates and other communication.

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Questions or Comments?

Contact the SDOT Project Team:
Project e-mail: fauntleroyblvd@seattle.gov

Project Manager: Thérèse Casper

Communications Lead: Maribel Cruz 

Project Funding

The conceptual design and analysis are being funded by local tax dollars. The Fauntleroy Boulevard Project is not currently funded for construction. In order to advance the project into construction, the Seattle City Council would need to allocate construction funding. If construction funding is secured, the earliest construction would begin is fall 2016.

 

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