S Columbian Way / S Alaska Street Paving Project

What’s happening now?

The project is currently in design. The outreach team will be out in the community this summer at various neighborhood events to discuss the project.

Project overview

S Columbian Way / S Alaska St between Beacon Ave S and Martin Luther King Jr Way S is a two-way arterial serving southeast Seattle. This stretch of road provides an important connection for all commuters between Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley. Our goal is to improve the safety, accessibility, and comfort for all users.

Early next year, the Seattle Department of Transportation plans to repave just over 2 miles of S Columbian Way / S Alaska St between Beacon Ave S and Martin Luther King Jr Way S. As part of the repaving, we will be taking off the old top layer of the road, placing new asphalt and repainting the lane lines. In addition to repaving, we will also be putting in a new protected bike lane along this stretch of road between Beacon Ave S and Martin Luther King Jr Way S.

Other improvements include:

  • Installing or upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Replacing traffic detection loops that control the signals
  • Repairing and replacing some sections of sidewalk in the project area

Building a pedestrian refuge island at the intersection of S Alaska St and S Alaska Pl

map of Columbia Way project

cross section view of lanes with one sidewalk, planting strip, bike lane, buffer and travel lane in each direction.

We are still very early stages of designing the project. As we continue to update the design, we will be talking to and engaging with businesses and the community about the project.

For more information about SDOT's 2018 paving projects, visit Current Paving Projects.

Project schedule*


Initial design and outreach

Spring - Summer 2017

Updated design

Community outreach continues

Fall 2017

Final design

Late 2017

Advertise for construction

Early 2018

Construction begins

*This schedule if a rough estimation of the project timeline. The schedule is subject to change.


Total project budget: $2.02 million
Funding Sources:

  • SDOT’s Arterial Asphalt and Concrete Program
  • Sidewalk Safety Repair Program
  • Levy to Move Seattle

Get involved

If you would like to learn more about the project or would like to request a briefing, please do not hesitate to contact us.


May 2017 factsheet

Updated: 5/30/2017