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Georgetown Arterial Paving Project

Taking care of the basics

April 13, 2017

What’s happening now?

We finalized the project design and are working to hire a contractor to repave the street. Construction is scheduled to begin in this summer and we’ll have more detailed information in the coming months. Construction for the whole project will last 3-4 months.

Questions about the project?

Email or call the Project Communications Lead, Paul Elliott at or (206)684-5321.
Project Overview

S Michigan St, along with several blocks of Corson Ave S and a block of S Bailey St are all heavily traveled arterials in the Georgetown community that are showing the wear and tear of use. The potholes and cracks in the pavement are such that we plan to repave these streets in 2017:

  • S Michigan St from 4th Ave S to Corson Ave S
  • Corson Ave S from S Michigan St to S Orcas St
  • S Bailey St from Corson Ave S to Carleton Ave S

While the project is still in the design phase, SDOT expects construction to begin sometime this spring, and take about 3 to four 4 to complete. 

Before repaving the street, crews will grind off a 2-inch deep layer of the existing asphalt. Crews will then evaluate the underlying road base for any additional needed repairs to make sure the road can better withstand the weight of heavy trucks that regularly traverse these streets. Once these base repairs have been completed, a new 2-inch layer of asphalt will be applied. 

The project will also:

  • Replace curb ramps in select locations to bring them into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Install several new drainage catch basins where water currently ponds in the road
  • Restripe all existing traffic lane markings and crosswalks

Prior to the repaving, we'll also upgrade traffic signals at:

  • E Marginal Way & S Michigan St
  • 4th Ave S & S Michigan St
  • 5th Place S & S Michigan St
  • Corson Ave S & S Michigan St
  • S Bailey St & Carleton Ave S

These upgraded signals are part of SDOT's ongoing efforts to incorporate advancing technologies (known as Intelligent Transportation Systems) throughout the City, and will also include the addition of new traffic cameras at 6th Ave S & S Michigan St and at Carleton Ave S & S Bailey St.

These cameras are in addition to 3 already operational along S Michigan St. The cameras provide real-time information about traffic conditions, and are publicly available online, enabling you to assess road conditions before leaving home or work. The same views provide critical information to SDOT itself to assess road conditions at any given time.


We don't expect that construction will require the full closure of S Michigan St, Corson Ave S, or S Bailey St at any point (although some side streets may be closed for short periods). However, traffic will likely be reduced to a single travel lane in each direction (outside of the morning and afternoon commute peaks), which is likely to cause congestion. Some weekend and/or night work is also possible. 

Sidewalks will remain open during construction, although corners will be closed when and where new curb ramps are being installed.


We expect to begin construction early this summer and it should take 3-4 months to complete. We will share more details as they come available after selecting the construction contractor.  


The project budget is $3.1 million (including design & construction).

This project is funded through the Levy to Move Seattle. Approved by voters in 2015, the 9-year $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. Learn more about the levy at



Paul Elliott
Project Communications Lead
(206) 684-5321

Brian Glas
Project Manager, SDOT

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