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

Paving, curb ramp upgrades, sidewalk repairs, bus stop improvements, drainage upgrades

Updated: November 18, 2019

What’s happening now?

Construction on Swift Ave S, S Myrtle and Othello Streets is now complete. Thank you for your patience as crews worked to complete this project.

As the major work on our project is now complete, the project email and voicemail line will no longer be in service.

The best way to contact us is through SDOT's general information line:

Call 206-684-ROAD (7623)
Email 684-Road@seattle.gov

For past construction updates, see our construction email update archive

Thank you residents and businesses in the project area for your patience as crews worked to complete this project.


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.

Crews have repaved 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, the old top layer of the road was removed and replaced with new asphalt and paint. In addition to repaving, we improved 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. Parking was consolidated along S Myrtle St east of Beacon Ave S.

Other project elements included:

  • Installation or upgrades of curb ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Replacement of traffic detection loops that control the signals
  • Repairs and replacements of some sections of sidewalk in the project area
  • King County Metro bus stop improvements
  • Storm drainage code compliance

Map of planned project with typical cross sections

For more information about our 2019 paving projects, visit Current Paving Projects.



Initial design and outreach

Updated design


Community outreach

Winter 2017/2018

Final design

Winter 2017/2018

Advertise for construction

Fall 2018

Construction begins

Spring / Summer 2019

Construction complete

This schedule is a rough estimation of the project and 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

Outreach To Date

Format Document/Description Date
Flyer Final Striping on Myrtle Othello June 2019
Flyer Grinding Myrtle/Othello Night Work May 2019
Flyer Paving Swift Night Work April 2019
Flyer Grinding Swift Night Work March 2019
Mailer Pre-constrction mailer October 2018
Flyer Fall 2018 pre-construction flyer September 2018
Flyer Spring 2018 fact sheet Spring 2018
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



Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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