S Columbian Way / S Alaska Street Paving Project

Paving, protected bike lane, curb ramp upgrades, sidewalk repairs, pedestrian refuge island, drainage upgrades, parking removal, center turn lane removal

Updated: October 17, 2018

What’s happening now?

Construction is in full swing along S Columbian Way / S Alaska St. Crews are completing drainage and pedestrian improvements along S Columbian Way / S Alaska St. Paving work is expected to begin in spring 2019.

Weekend work at the intersection of Beacon Ave S and S Columbian Way is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 19 - 21. Crews plan to continue drainage work at the Beacon Ave S intersection this coming weekend and will be upgrading storm drains and sections of roadway. During this work, you can expect:

  • One lane of traffic in each direction will be open and consolidated on the west side of the median on Beacon Ave S, between S Ferdinand St and S Alaska St / Cheasty Blvd S.
  • The intersection's traffic signal will be deactivated while crews are working. Uniformed police officers will be present to direct traffic through the intersection.
  • Right-turn lane closure from Beacon Ave S southbound to S Columbian Way westbound. People driving will be able to turn right from Beacon Ave S onto S Columbian Way westbound but will be rerouted to make a right turn around the traffic island.
  • People driving east and west on S Columbian Way will be rerouted onto 24th Ave S, S Ferdinand St, and Columbia Dr S. This detour will be signed.
  • Uniformed police officers will be present during the closure.
  • No parking will be allowed on the designated detour route.
  • Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained.
  • Vehicle parking in the Beacon Ave S median will remain accessible to drivers.

Detour map

For the latest project construction updates, see our construction email update archive.

We will share regular updates via email and distribute flyers in advance of work near affected properties. You can sign up to receive email updates using the form to the right.

Questions about construction? Email the project team at ColumbianAlaska@seattle.gov or call 206-256-5112.

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.

We are working to repave about 1 mile 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 project elements 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
  • Removing some on-street parking
  • Removing the center turn-lane in segments of the corridor

map of Columbia Way project

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

For more information about out 2018 paving projects, visit Current Paving Projects.

Project Schedule*

2016

Initial design and outreach

Spring - Summer 2017

Updated design

Community outreach continues

Fall 2017

Final design

Late 2017

Advertise for construction

Summer/Fall 2018

Construction begins

Spring 2019

Construction ends

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

Funding

Total project budget: $2.02 million
Funding Sources:

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

Outreach To Date

FormatDocument/DescriptionDate
Flyer Pre-construction flyer August 2018
Flyer Spring 2018 fact sheet Spring 2018
Flyering Southeast business survey collection March 2018
Flyering S Columbian Way / S Alaska St residential flyer December 2017
Mailing Project letter to the community
Mailed to ~200 homes and businesses
August 2017
Flyer May 2017 fact sheet
Distributed to ~500 homes, businesses, and at fairs and festivals
Summer 2017
Email update Southeast cross-section announcement March 2017
Briefing Settle Bike Advisory Board December 2016
Briefing Rainier Vista Traffic Safety Committee December 2016
Flyer Southeast Door Hanger
Distributed to ~500 homes and businesses
November 2016
Email update Southeast Open House Summary November 2016
Open house Southeast Open House Meeting Boards October 2016
Open house Southeast Open House in Columbia City
Close to 30 people signed-in
October 2016
Flyer and email update Southeast Project Fact Sheet October 2016
Flyer Southeast Open House Notice
Distributed to over 500 homes and businesses
October 2016
Email update Southeast Survey Results Summary October 2016
Email update Southeast Survey Results September 2016
Flyer Southeast Paving Survey Notice
Distributed to ~500 homes and businesses
August 2016

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.