SW Admiral Way Safety Project

What's happening now?

We recently reactivated the pedestrian signal at SW Admiral Way and 59th Ave SW and have been working to accelerate the installation of phase 2 at this intersection to provide a safer and more comfortable crossing.

Weather permitting, we can install the following as soon as the week of November 6:

  • 2 decorative paint and post curb bulbs
  • 1 new decorative paint and post median at 59th Ave SW
  • 2 new crosswalks

We can also install 2 new flashing school zone speed limit signs near this intersection as soon as spring 2018.

Map of area near 59th sw

Some temporary lane closures in the project area are anticipated to allow us to complete this work safely. Please follow the direction of signage and flaggers and use caution near the project area.

Our goal is to improve safety conditions at SW Admiral Way and 59th Ave SW. Paint and post curb bulbs were included in this design to:

  • Improve safety by shortening the distance to cross the street and reducing the amount of time people are walking in the street
  • Improve visibility between people driving and people walking across the street
  • Provide additional space in constrained locations
  • Slow down cars making a right turn by sharpening the angle of the corner
  • Prevent people from parking too close to a crosswalk or from blocking a curb ramp or crosswalk

Many of you took our poll to provide feedback on the curb bulb design. Based on your feedback, we've worked with the Office of Arts and Culture to revise the preferred design to create a repeating pattern that meets our material supplier's specifications.


Project Goals

  • Encourage slower speeds
  • Reduce collisions
  • Provide a comfortable and predictable bike connection between Alki and California Ave business district
  • Accommodate existing maximum on-street parking occupancy

Project Description

The SW Admiral Way Safety Project is part of Seattle's Vision Zero program – an effort to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on our city's streets by 2030. This project began in 2015, when we began seeking out community feedback on the project corridor. Based on this feedback, we're making changes to increase safety for all users. 

Project map
Project Map (click to enlarge)

Crossing Improvements

Since completing the SW Admiral Way restriping project last year, we've been designing pedestrian improvements at 5 intersections along the corridor. These intersection enhancements will shorten crossing distances, reduce speeds of turning vehicles, and create easier access to key destinations like schools, transit stops, and parks.

We're scheduled to begin work as soon as this month (November 2017) at the 59th Ave SW, 61st Ave SW, and SW Stevens St intersections. Cold and rainy weather can delay installation. The remaining intersection work could begin before the end of this year if the weather is cooperative.

49th Ave SW

49th Ave SW map

To increase visibility at the crosswalk and provide a more comfortable crossing, we’ll relocate the crosswalk at 49th Ave SW and SW Admiral St to the northeast leg. This improvement will be supplemented with rapid flashing beacons and a decorative painted median island. The project provides a safer route to Lafayette Elementary School and the new senior living facility at SW Admiral Way and SW Waite St.

SW Lander St (at 53rd Ave SW)

SW Lander St map

The SW Lander St improvement adds a painted curb extension that preserves nearby driveway access. The curb extension helps reduce speeds of people turning right onto SW Lander St and shortens the crossing distance along the north side of SW Admiral Way.

SW Stevens St

SW Stevens map

Adjacent to Schmitz Park, we’ll add a decorative painted curb bulb to the southeast corner to reduce speeds of people turning right and to shorten crossing distances across SW Stevens St and SW Admiral Way.

59th Ave SW

59th Ave SW map

The crossing improvement at 59th Ave SW will be implemented as early as the week of November 6 (weather permitting). We'll add two decorative paint and post curb bulbs, 1 new decorative paint and post median at 59th Ave SW, and 2 new crosswalks. The 2 new flashing school zone speed limit signs can be installed as soon as spring 2018. These changes are intended to provide a safer crossing for students of Alki Elementary School, as well as community members accessing Alki Community Center and Alki Playground.

61st Ave SW

61st Ave SW map

The 61st Ave SW project adds decorative painted curb bulbs on both sides of the recently-installed crosswalk at 61st Ave SW to further increase visibility of pedestrians.

63rd Ave SW

63rd Ave SW map

To upgrade the existing all-way stop at 63rd Ave SW, we’ll install new decorative painted curb bulbs at three corners of the intersection, which shortens crossing distances and improves visibility of pedestrians.

Project Schedule

Summer/Fall 2016

  • Share final design for SW Admiral Way
  • Conduct 2nd phase of outreach related to pedestrian improvements
  • Restripe street

Summer/Fall 2017

  • Share design of pedestrian improvements
  • Evaluate traffic operations
  • Construct pedestrian improvements

Community Outreach

September 8, 2015 Admiral Way Neighborhood Association briefing
September 17, 2015 Open House #2
Mid-summer Parking Study
May 21, 2015 Open House #1
May 6, 2015 SW District Council briefing
April 14, 2015 Admiral Way Neighborhood Association briefing

Project Library

Project Funding

This projects is funded by 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.

Updated: 11/2/2017