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California Avenue SW/SW Admiral Way Paving Project

June 26, 2008

This Week: SDOT Contractor to Apply Seal Coat to Portions of Asphalt Street Surface on California Avenue SW

Friday evening, June 27th, Merlino Construction Company will apply a seal coat over portions of the existing asphalt street surface on California Avenue SW between SW Genesee Street and SW Edmunds Street. THIS IS A REVISED DATE. The work was originally scheduled for this Thursday evening. This work is intended to protect the asphalt surface that was installed as part of the repaving project in 2006 and 2007.

  • The work hours will be 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during this nighttime work.
  • Parking will not be permitted in the vicinity of the work area.
  • "No parking" signs will be erected in advance of the work - however, they are not enforceable until the time specified

February 1, 2008

Irrigation System to be Added to Medians

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) completed replanting trees in December 2007 and is now ready to complete the installation of irrigation and groundcover planting in the four medians along SW Admiral Way between 39th Avenue SW and SW Olga Street.

Irrigation is scheduled to go in this Saturday, February 2, 2008.

The following Saturday, February 9th, and possibly the day before, Friday February 8th, SDOT crews will install the ground cover planting. This is the same weekend that the Admiral Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a neighborhood clean up event.

Traffic control will be needed for SDOT crews to install the irrigation system and ground cover. Residents should expect some lane closures to accommodate the work. However, at least one lane will remain open for traffic in each direction at all times.

SDOT will also supplement the 14 trees already installed in the medians with an additional eight trees to be planted along the corridor planting strips, some time in the month of February or March. SDOT plans to use the February 9th community event as an opportunity to receive input on placement of the additional trees.

While SDOT revised the original tree layout before installation and increased the number of traffic markings in response to community concerns about traffic safety, SDOT will continue to monitor traffic operations in the coming months. Should there be a need to adjust the location of a tree or two in the medians to meet traffic safety standards, we will undertake any such work in the Spring.

December 19, 2007
SW Admiral Way Tree Replacement Work Starts This Week

This Thursday, December 20, Gary Merlino Construction will be working on SW Admiral Way to assist Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews to replace trees in the medians between 39th Avenue SW and SW Olga Street. The work will include the placement of soil and mulch and should be completed by Friday, December 21. Residents should expect some lane closures to accommodate the work. However, at least one lane will remain open for traffic in each direction at all times. SDOT plans to conduct follow-up work in late January and early February to complete the installation of irrigation and groundcover planting.

This median restoration will put the final touches on the SW Admiral Way corridor. The re-planting of trees is proceeding with direction from SDOT Traffic Engineering staff, who have confirmed appropriate tree locations in response to community concerns about traffic safety and visibility. The decision to reduce the number of trees in the restored medians from the original number of 22 to 14 responds to the need to provide for appropriate sight distance in a way that does not compromise the aesthetic character of the corridor or the traffic-calming effect that trees provide.

Given feedback from the broader West Seattle community expressing concern about the potential loss of trees along SW Admiral Way, SDOT will supplement the 14 trees to be installed in the median with an additional eight trees to be planted along the corridor. SDOT is confident that this re-planting work will restore the long-standing character of this important entrance to the Admiral community in a manner that is both consistent with the Admiral Neighborhood Plan and with citywide reforestation goals.

While SDOT has revised the tree layout and increased the number of traffic markings in response to concerns about traffic safety, SDOT will continue to monitor traffic operations in the coming months. Should there be a need to adjust the location of a tree or two to meet traffic safety standards, we will undertake any such work in the Spring.

December 12, 2007
Construction Alert

Paving Contractor Carrying Out Minor Work on California Avenue SW

The contractor from the California Ave SW paving project will be on site periodically over the next few weeks correcting minor deficiencies and remaining restoration from the project completed in August. You may have noticed some temporary lane closures in the last day or two. This was necessary to adjust some utility manholes and create a smother ride.

Traffic disruptions and parking impacts will be minimal and of very short duration.

Normal work hours for the contractor are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday.

November 27, 2007
Construction Update

SW Admiral Way: TREE & SHRUB REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT

The following is an update on the Admiral Way medians concerning landscaping and sight-distance issues raised by the community. There have been specific concerns expressed about traffic safety for motorists coming out of 37 th Avenue SW, Belvidere Avenue SW, and 39 th Avenue SW onto SW Admiral Way.

SDOT plans to conduct a sight-distance analysis, at the intersection locations on SW Admiral Way adjacent to the medians, that will begin the last week in November and run through about mid-December of this year.

From the analysis, SDOT will determine the most appropriate locations for trees within the medians to ensure traffic safety, with specific consideration for drivers negotiating turns at the intersections in question. In addition, SDOT will study the need for traffic markings as a safety measure with potential to improve visibility for drivers, especially at night.

Once the study is complete, SDOT will schedule work to complete safety improvements along the corridor and will mark proposed tree locations with 8’tall stakes, providing the community an opportunity to comment on the layout before tree planting actually occurs.

Thank you for you patience as SDOT works to address community concerns.

For further information, please contact:


August 31, 2007

Project Status:

The contractor has completed the final paving and striping on SW Admiral Way bringing the project to a point of “substantial completion”. Remaining work includes re-landscaping the medians on SW Admiral Way .

1. SDOT will plant healthy replacement trees in the median that in full growth are narrower in width than the previous trees, and more compatible with the transportation function of the corridor.

2. The replanted shrubs will be lower in height than the previous landscaping to provide better sight distance for motorists crossing and turning onto SW Admiral Way.

3. A traffic safety engineer will assist the SDOT Landscape Architect in the task to confirm final tree locations prior to the planting.


August 6, 2007

Construction Update: Night Work Coming in a Few Days – On SW Admiral Way

Work on SW Admiral Way ( 41st Ave SW to SW Olga Street )

  • The contractor is scheduled to repave the roadway at night, Thursday and Friday, August 9th and 10th (depending on weather conditions). Each day, work is set to begin at 7:00 PM and end by 6:00 AM the next morning. The decision to perform the paving work at night is due to the confined space on SW Admiral Way and safety concerns. Measures will be taken to reduce noise. Jack hammers and the traditional "beeping" back-up alarms on construction equipment will not be used after 10:00 PM. However, during paving operations the contractor will use vibrating pavement rollers. Residents are urged to take all appropriate measures to secure valuables that may shake loose or be damaged due to the vibration.

SW Admiral Waybetween 41st Ave SW and SW Olga St will be closed (both directions) during the paving. Local access will be allowed for residents on Admiral Way and in the neighborhood north of Admiral Way. All other traffic will be detoured. As always, emergency vehicles will be allowed through the construction area as necessary.

  • SW Admiral Way will also be closed (except local access ) at the WestSeattle Bridge exit and at SW Spokane Street. Detours will be posted. During the closure, traffic from the east will be detoured at the West Seattle Bridge exit to Fauntleroy Way SW , and traffic from the west will be detoured at California Avenue SW. The detour route will utilize California Avenue SW, SW Hanford Street, 37th Avenue SW, SW Manning Street, 35th Avenue SW, and Fauntleroy Way SW.
  • Current construction on SW Admiral Way includes repair of the roadway base, rebuilding and re-landscaping the traffic medians, and installing curb ramps. Traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction (24hrs a day/7 days a week) for the duration of the SW Admiral Way project, expected to be complete by mid-August.
  • Left turns will be largely prohibited from and onto intersecting residential (side) streets in the project area. Parking may be prohibitedon the residential (side) streets approaching Admiral Way to facilitate the construction of new curb ramps at the corners.

Work on California Avenue SW

Final pavement striping has been completed. Clean up work to take place over the next few weeks.


July 26, 2007

Construction Update

Work on SW Admiral Way ( 41 st Ave SW to SW Olga Street )

  • The contractor is scheduled to repave the roadway at night, the week of August 6-10 (depending on weather conditions). Each day, work is set to begin at 7:00 PM and end by 6:00 AM the next morning. The decision to perform the paving work at night is due to the confined space on SW Admiral Way and safety concerns. Measures will be taken to reduce noise. Jack hammers and the traditional "beeping" back-up alarms on construction equipment will not be used after 10:00 PM.

SW Admiral Waybetween 41 st Ave SW and SW Olga St will be closed (both directions) during the paving. Local access will be allowed for residents on Admiral Way and in the neighborhood north of Admiral Way. All other traffic will be detoured. As always, emergency vehicles will be allowed through the construction area as necessary.

  • SW Admiral Way will also be closed (except local access ) at the WestSeattle Bridge exit and at SW Spokane Street . Detours will be posted. During the closure, traffic from the east will be detoured at the West Seattle Bridge exit to Fauntleroy Way SW , and traffic from the west will be detoured at California Avenue SW. The detour route will utilize California Avenue SW , SW Hanford Street , 37 th Avenue SW , SW Manning Street , 35 th Avenue SW , and Fauntleroy Way SW.
  • Current construction on SW Admiral Way includes repair of the roadway base, rebuilding and re-landscaping the traffic medians, and installing curb ramps. Traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction (24hrs a day/7 days a week) for the duration of the SW Admiral Way project, expected to be complete by mid-August.
  • Left turns will be largely prohibited from and onto intersecting residential (side) streets in the project area. Parking may be prohibitedon the residential (side) streets approaching Admiral Way to facilitate the construction of new curb ramps at the corners.

Work on California Avenue SW

Final pavement striping and some clean up activities are the only work remaining on California Avenue SW. This work is scheduled for completion the first week of August.


July 11, 2007

Construction Update
California Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way Paving Project
TREE/SHRUB REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT

Phase 4 of the California Ave. SW and SW Admiral Way Paving Project will now include removing and replacing some area trees and shrubs. Senior landscape architects surveying the area during curb replacement identified the need for the additional work. Both trees and shrub plantings will be removed and replaced in the Admiral Way medians, between 39 th Avenue SW and SW Olga Street.

The medians between 39th and Olga were originally constructed in the early 1980's, and planted with a combination of Kwanzan Cherry trees and Otto Luyken Cherry Laurel shrubs. With traffic impacts over the years, only a few of the originally planted Cherry trees have remained intact and many replacements are either very small or in fair to poor condition. The Admiral Way project affords SDOT the opportunity to improve the overall condition of the medians and to consider a replacement tree type that will reflect the original design--- but be more compatible with the transportation function of the corridor. Replacement shrubs will be planted to match the original design.

Schedule and Status:

Phase 4 – SW Admiral Way from 41 st Ave SW to SW Olga Street

  • Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction (24hrs a day/7 days a week) for the duration of the SW Admiral Way paving work, expected to be complete by mid-August. We expect significant traffic delays in the area, especially during peak periods, and advise alternate routes as available.
  • Major work activities such as final paving may have other restrictions and/or may be completed at night, as noted on future construction updates.
  • Left turns will be largely prohibited from and onto intersecting residential (side) streets in the project area.
  • Parking may be prohibitedon the residential (side) streets approaching Admiral Way to facilitate the construction of new curb ramps at the corners.

July 2, 2007

Construction Update: California Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way Paving Project

REVISED TRAFFIC DETOUR FOR GRINDING ACTIVITIES

Work has begun on Phase 4, SW Admiral Way between 41st Ave SW and SW Olga Street. Pavement grinding previously scheduled for NIGHT WORK on two nights - July 5th and 6th may now be completed in one night – July 5th. There has been a modification of the traffic restrictions in order to accomplish this work. Admiral Way between 41st Ave SW and SW Olga St will be closed (both directions) beginning at 7pm July 5th until 6am July 6th. Local access will be allowed for residents on Admiral Way and in the neighborhood north of Admiral Way. All other traffic will be detoured. As always, emergency vehicles will be allowed through the construction area as necessary.

Schedule and Status:

Phase 3 - SW Spokane Street to SW Admiral Way

  • Final paving was postponed last week due to rain. Paving was rescheduled for Saturday however was not completed due to a rare equipment failure at the asphalt plant. Paving is scheduled for completion July 2nd.
  • Pavement striping, clean-up, and restoration work will be completed in the next 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Parking will be available following the paving.

Phase 4 – SW Admiral Way from 41 st Ave SW to SW Olga Street

  • Pavement grinding is scheduled for NIGHT WORK on Thursday, July 5th - one week earlier and one less night than previously reported. Friday, July 6th from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM will be used as a contingency if work is not able to be completed Thursday. The decision to perform the grinding work at night is due to the confined space on SW Admiral Way and safety concerns. Measures will be taken to reduce noise. Jack hammers and the traditional "beeping" back-up alarms on construction equipment will not be used after 10pm.
  • Traffic will be detoured around the project area during the night grinding work. SW Admiral Way will be closed (except local access) at the WestSeattleBridge exit and at SW Spokane Street from the east and at California Ave SW from the west. Detours will be posted and will utilize California Ave SW and SW Hanford to Fauntleroy Way SW.
  • Beginning Monday, July 9th, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction (24hrs a day/7 days a week) for the duration of the SW Admiral Way paving work, expected to be complete by mid-August. We expect significant traffic delays in the area, especially during peak periods, and advise alternate routes as available.
  • Major work activities such as final paving may have other restrictions and/or may be completed at night, as noted on future construction updates.
  • Left turns will be largely prohibited from and onto intersecting residential (side) streets in the project area.
  • Parking may be prohibitedon the residential (side) streets approaching Admiral Way to facilitate the construction of new curb ramps at the corners.

June 22, 2007 Construction Update

Work on Phase 4- SW Admiral Way between 41st Ave SW and SW Olga Street will begin next week. Work is nearing completion on Phase 3 of the project between SW Spokane and SW Admiral. Phase 2 has been completed, with the exception of pavement striping. Phase 1 was completed last Fall.

Schedule and Status:

Phase 2 - SW Genesee Street to SW Spokane Street

  • Final pavement striping is scheduled for the end of next week, weather permitting.

    Phase 3 - SW Spokane Street to SW Admiral Way

  • Preparation for final paving began this week, and will be completed early next week.
  • Final Paving is scheduled for next week, June 27-29 (Wednesday – Friday), weather permitting. NO PARKING will be allowed during the paving operation.

    Phase 4 – SW Admiral Way from 41st Ave SW to SW Olga Street

  • Next week, the contractor will begin preparations for work in this area. This will cause lane closures for 2-3 days during the daytime only. All lanes will be restored during peak traffic periods.
  • Work will not resume until after the 4th of July.
  • Pavement grinding and removal is scheduled to begin July 5th. At this time, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the duration of the work. Major work activities such as paving may have other restrictions and/or may be completed at night.
  • Pavement grinding is scheduled for NIGHT WORK on July 5th and 6th. Westbound traffic (into West Seattle) will be detoured during this work. Admiral Way will be closed (except local access) at the West Seattle Bridge exit and at SW Spokane Street. Detours will be posted and will utilize Fauntleroy Way SW.
  • Work is expected to be completed in mid-August.

    Traffic restrictions (Phase 4 – SW Admiral Way):

  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction at all times throughout the work. We expect significant traffic delays in the area, especially during peak periods. Alternate routes are advised.
  • Left turns will be largely prohibited from and onto intersecting residential (side) streets in the project area.
  • Parking may be prohibited on the residential (side) streets approaching Admiral Way to facilitate the construction of new curb ramps at the corners.

    Update: June 6, 2007

    California Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way Paving Project

    Work has begun on Phase 3 of the project between SW Spokane and SW Admiral. Phase 2 was recently completed, with the exception of pavement striping. Phase 1 (SW Edmunds – Genesee) was completed last Fall.

    Schedule and Status:

    Phase 2 - SW Genesee Street to SW Spokane Street

    • Final pavement striping will take place sometime within the next three weeks.

    Phase 3 - SW Spokane Street to SW Admiral Way

    • Drainage work will be completed this week.
    • Base repair work will take place this week and next.
    • SW Hanford Street will be closed at the intersection with California Avenue SW, for concrete panel replacement Monday through Thursday next week (6/11-14). Alternate routes are advised. No parking will be allowed on SW Lander ( between California Avenue SW and Walnut Ave SW) and Walnut Avenue SW (between SW Hanford and SW Lander) to facilitate the additional bus traffic resulting from the closure.
    • Curb ramps and related sidewalk work will begin next Monday.
    • Final Paving is tentatively scheduled for the last week of June.

    Phase 4 – SW Admiral Way from 41 st Ave SW to SW Olga Street

    • Work is scheduled to begin the first week of July and be completed by mid-August.

    Traffic restrictions (Phases 2 & 3):

    • Traffic will be maintained at all times throughout the project. During the peak periods ( 6-9AM and 4-6PM), at least one lane of traffic in each direction will be open.
    • At other times, traffic may be restricted to one lane with the use of flaggers.
    • There will be NO PARKING allowed on California Ave SW for the duration of the work in phases 2 & 3.
    • Left turns will be largely prohibited from and onto intersecting residential (side) streets. East/west through traffic across California Ave SW at residential (side) streets will also be prohibited. Appropriate signage will be posted. Detours may be necessary at times.
    • Normal work hours for the contractor are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday.

    Construction Update: May 4, 2007

    Work has begun on Phase 3 of the project between SW Spokane St and SW Admiral Way. Phase 2 is nearing completion. Phase 1 was completed last fall between SW Edmunds and SW Genesee.

    Schedule and Status:

    Phase 2 - SW Genesee Street to SW Spokane Street

    • Drainage and base repair will be completed this week.
    • Curb and sidewalk ramp replacement is ongoing and will be completed early next week.
    • Some parking will be restored next week. It will be restricted again before final paving.
    • Access to California Ave SW from the residential (side) streets will also be restored next week.
    • Final paving has been rescheduled for the week of May 14th-18th, weather permitting.

    Phase 3 - SW Spokane Street to SW Admiral Way

    • Excavation of the center portion of the roadway is currently underway
    • Paving of the center section is scheduled to happen within the last two weeks of May.
    • Following preliminary paving of the center section, drainage work and base repair will begin in the outside lanes.
    • Overall, this phase is expected to last approximately 2 months.

    Phase 4 – SW Admiral Way from 41st Ave SW to SW Olga Street

    • Due to the large amount of work currently in progress, the start date for this phase has been rescheduled for the first week of June. The project is still on schedule to be completed in mid-July.

    Traffic restrictions (Phases 2 & 3):

    • Traffic will be maintained at all times throughout the project. During the peak periods (6-9AM and 4-6PM), at least one lane of traffic in each direction will be open.
    • At other times, traffic may be restricted to one lane with the use of flaggers.
    • Left turns will be largely prohibited from and onto intersecting residential (side) streets. East/west through traffic across California Ave SW at residential (side) streets will also be prohibited. Appropriate signage will be posted. Detours may be necessary at times.
    • There will be NO PARKING allowed on California Ave SW for the duration of the work in each Phase.
    • Normal work hours for the contractor are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday.


    For further information, please contact either of the following:

    George Frost
    Public Outreach Coordinator
    615-0786
    george.frost@seattle.gov

    Jessica Murphy, P.E.
    Project Manager
    684-0178
    jessica.murphy@seattle.gov



    Past Construction Notices

    April 27, 2007
    April 18, 2007
    March 6, 2007
    October 30, 2006
    October 16, 2006
    October 11, 2006
    September 28, 2006
    September 19, 2006
    September 7, 2006
    August 31, 2006
    August 28, 2006




    For Project Background Information, click here.


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    Similar to most construction projects, this work will generate dust, noise, and create some inconveniences for you and your neighbors. There will be parking restrictions and traffic lane closures. However, at least one lane of traffic will be open in each direction when construction work is underway. We would like to take this opportunity to apologize in advance and thank you for your patience and cooperation during this project. If you would like more information regarding this project or our intended work, please contact either of the following:

    George Frost
    Public Outreach Coordinator
    615-0786
    george.frost@seattle.gov

    Jessica Murphy, P.E.
    Project Manager
    684-0178
    jessica.murphy@seattle.gov



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