Two-Way Traffic Resumes on 23rd Avenue Today from East Cherry Street to East Union Street

SDOT advises travelers that beginning today, July 27, two-way traffic on 23rd Avenue will reopen from East Cherry Street to East Union Street, allowing better access to businesses, homes, and community organizations in the area. This work is part of the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project.

Travel in both directions on 23rd Avenue between East Cherry Street and East Union Street will be maintained for the remainder of the work in this zone, however, neighbors should still expect intermittent construction through project completion in early 2017. Northbound 23rd Avenue will remain closed between East Union Street and East Madison Street with a detour on Martin Luther King Jr Way. This detour will stay in place until early 2017.

By 4 p.m. today, July 27, travelers can expect the following:

  • 23rd Avenue will reopen to two-way traffic from East Cherry Street to East Union Street.
  • 23rd Avenue will remain closed to northbound traffic in the active construction zone from East Union Street to East Madison Street, with a detour to Martin Luther King Jr Way starting at East Union Street and reconnecting with 23rd Avenue at East John Street.
    • Businesses located in the project area are open and accessible. Neighbors are encouraged to continue supporting their local businesses during construction.
  • Southbound travel on 23rd Avenue will be maintained, though reduced to one lane (except at key intersections). Drivers should expect delays.

Pedestrian crossings will be clearly marked and maintained. For more information on this project go to:

For more information on affected bus routes, visit King County Metro online at or call 206-553-3000.

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.