Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project

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

What's happening now?

We've reached final design.

Since resuming design in December 2016, we've been meeting with business and property owners, stakeholder groups, and residents to gather feedback and shape the design.

Thank you to everyone who provided input throughout this process. Read more below about our final design updates and early planning for construction, which is anticipated to begin as soon as early 2018.

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Project overview

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:

  • 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 SW’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

Typical cross-section

Typical cross-section

Other SDOT projects in the area

Schedule

DateDescription
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
Fall 2017
  • 100% design milestone
  • Pre-construction coordination with the community
Early 2018 Anticipated construction start
Mid-2019 Anticipated construction end

Final design

Fauntleroy Way is a busy street and a key route in and out of Seattle. We're committed to improving mobility for all users - people who walk, bike, and drive. Thanks to input from residents, stakeholder groups, and nearby property and business owners, we have reached final design.

Project map
Aerial image of the final design. Click to enlarge.

Key features of the final design:

  • Maintains two lanes of traffic in each direction on Fauntleroy Way, as are in place today
  • New sidewalks, crosswalks, and shortened crossings at side streets, created by realigning skewed intersections
  • New pedestrian street lighting
  • Traffic signal revisions to improve traffic flow and remove overhead span wires
  • One-way protected bike lane on either side of the street, connecting to the existing bike network at Avalon Way and Alaska St
  • Landscaping, including a landscaped boulevard median to calm traffic
  • New public art, funded by the City of Seattle's 1% for Art program

Left-turn access

The design includes a landscaped center median on Fauntleroy Way to calm traffic and enhance the area's role as a gateway into West Seattle. In response to community input, we conducted the following evaluation to inform the final design.

  • 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 2-way left-turn break in the median near 37th Ave SW. Based on this analysis, we determined that adding a 2-way left-turn break in the median was technically feasible. We gathered community input on this option from April 24 to May 31, 2017.

Turnlane map2-way left-turn break at 37th Ave SW

  • What we found: Feedback from the community and businesses along the corridor highlighted key tradeoffs associated with each option. Adding a center left-turn lane would improve access 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.
  • Final decision: Based on technical analysis and input from the community, we included in the final design a 2-way left-turn break in the median near 37th Ave. This median break is designed to accommodate left-turns from Fauntleroy Way on 37th Ave, while maintaining the traffic calming benefits of the center median and minimizing the potential for conflicts between people walking and biking and people driving, which results when people make mid-block left turns. 

Read the full summary of public feedback received on the left-turn median break.

Next steps

Construction of the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project is currently anticipated to begin as soon as early 2018. This fall, we'll begin pre-construction outreach, including sharing more information about traffic routing during construction.

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.

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 September 2017 left-turn break summary, 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.

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.

Materials

Updated: 11/16/2017