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California Avenue SW/SW Admiral Way Paving Project: Background Information

Program Overview

The City's Arterial Asphalt and Concrete Program resurfaces a number of streets each summer. The projects are prioritized and selected by SDOT's Pavement Engineering and Management Section based on pavement condition, volume and type of traffic, identified needs of residents and businesses, opportunities for coordination with other capital projects, and identified maintenance and liability concerns. The main objectives of this 2006 Arterial Asphalt and Concrete Program are to improve street conditions to enhance mobility and safety, and to improve curb ramps, providing a safer and more convenient pedestrian environment.

Project Description

This project will improve pavement conditions on the streets outlined below and will improve accessibility by installing new and upgrading existing curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. In general, the paving will involve grinding the top 2 inches of the surface, repairing the sub-surface base where needed, and then re-paving with 2 inches of asphalt.

The streets that we will be repaving in your neighborhood this summer are as follows:
  • California Avenue SW from SW Edmunds Street to SW Admiral Way
  • SW Admiral Way from 41st Avenue SW to SW Olga Street
Project Schedule

The project is scheduled to begin in early August 2006 and continue through Spring 2007. Currently, a detailed schedule is not available, however SDOT will distribute timely construction notices to affected residents/businesses throughout the project.

Options for Changes to Marked Crosswalks

This paving project goes through three marked crosswalks which do not meet SDOT's guidelines for placement of a marked crosswalk and changes must therefore be made. There are two mid-block marked crosswalks on California Avenue SW in the West Seattle Junction, one south of SW Alaska Street and one south of SW Oregon Street. SDOT has two options for improving these two marked crosswalks and is soliciting comments about which option to select:

1) install a pedestrian traffic signal at each marked crosswalk

2) install a raised crosswalk across California Ave SW at each location; this would raise the marked crosswalk to the same level as the sidewalk and create a speed table for vehicles to go over (a more gradual version of a speed bump)
Admiral Way SW is also being repaved and a new traffic signal will be installed at SW Olga Street (the Belvedere Viewpoint). Other seldom used marked crosswalks further south at SW Hanford and SW City View Streets will be removed.

More details about crosswalk changes can be found and comments can be submitted online at

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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

Jessica Murphy, P.E.
Project Manager

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