Swift Avenue S / S Myrtle Street / S Othello Street Paving Project

What's happening now?

Thank you to all the neighbors, business owners, and community groups that have engaged with the project. We anticipate construction will begin in the next 4 – 6 weeks. Leading up to construction, we will be in the community talking with neighbors and businesses about what to expect when construction begins. If you have any questions in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us.

Project Overview

Swift Ave S, S Myrtle St and S Othello are two-way arterials serving south Seattle. The streets link Holly Park and Beacon Hill to Interstate 5 (I-5). Our goal is to improve the safety, accessibility, and comfort for all users.

Early next year, the Seattle Department of Transportation plans to repave about 1.75 miles of Swift Ave S, S Myrtle St, and S Othello between S Albro Pl 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 improving the existing bike lane along Swift Ave S / S Myrtle St between S Albro Pl and Martin Luther King Jr Way S by making it wider.

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
  • Making some King County Metro bus stop improvements
  • Bringing storm drainage into code compliance

Map of planned project with typical cross sections

The project is currently in design. As we continue to update the design, we will be talking to and engaging with businesses and the community about the project.



Initial design and outreach

Updated design


Community outreach

Winter 2017/2018

Final design

Winter 2017/2018

Advertise for construction

Spring 2018

Construction begins

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


Total project budget: $6.02 million
Funding Sources:

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

Get Involved

Leading up to construction, the outreach team will be in the community to discuss the upcoming work. If you'd like to request a briefing, please contact us.

Outreach To Date

Flyering Southeast business survey collection March 2018
Email update Swift Ave S /S Myrtle St / S Othello St SEPA notice January 2018
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


Spring 2018 fact sheet

SEPA Determination of Non-significance (DNS)

SEPA Environmental Checklist

May 2017 fact sheet

Updated: 4/27/2018