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

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

Updated: July 23, 2019

What’s happening now?

Construction is winding down on Swift Ave S, S Myrtle, and Othello Streets. Crews have completed paving and striping, including the protected bike lanes from S Albro Pl to Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. In the coming weeks crews will work on miscellaneous work along the corridor. 

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

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 SwiftMyrtleOthello@seattle.gov or call 206-256-5227

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.

We are working 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. There will be some parking consolidation along S Myrtle St east of Beacon Ave 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
  • Making some King County Metro bus stop improvements
  • Bringing storm drainage into code compliance

Map of planned project with typical cross sections

For more information about our 2018 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

Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Outreach To 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