Repaving continues on Renton Avenue South: Short-term impacts to South Henderson Street begin November 30

Starting as soon as Nov. 30, crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation will be repaving near the intersection of Renton Avenue South and South Henderson Street. The pavement on the north side of South Henderson Street, directly west of the intersection with Renton Avenue South will be replaced. In order to complete this work, access to the King County Metro Bus stop on the northwest corner of this intersection will be relocated for about two weeks. The temporary bus stop will be located approximately 125 feet east of the intersection on South Henderson Street. This stop serves Metro routes 8, 9, 106 and 107.

For approximately two weeks, crews will be working in the vicinity of the intersection of Renton Avenue South and South Henderson Street, weather permitting. The existing westbound lanes directly west of this intersection will be closed. Two-way traffic and turn movements will be facilitated by flaggers at the intersection.

This work is part of SDOT’s work to replace curb ramps, build new curb bulbs and repave Renton Avenue South between South Holden Street and 51st Avenue South. Over forty new curb ramps and nine new curb bulbs will be installed on Renton Avenue South between South Holden Street and 51st Avenue South.

The repaving of Renton Avenue South is occurring in two phases. The repaving work in Phase 1 occurred this fall between South Holden Street and South Trenton Street. Phase 2 repaving, from South Trenton Street to 51st Avenue Southeast, will happen in 2016. The project will improve safety for all users along Renton Avenue South, a minor arterial street serving approximately 8,800 southeast Seattle commuters, transit users and commercial vehicles daily.  For more information, please see the Renton Avenue South Repaving project web page www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_renton.htm.

 

Water main repair at S. Dearborn and 8th Ave. is restricting traffic flow

Seattle Public Utilities

Emergency repair work on a leaking 30-inch water main is slowing traffic flow in the vicinity of S. Dearborn Street and 8th Avenue. S.

Westbound traffic is down to a single lane on S. Dearborn, between 8th Avenue S. and 9th Avenue S., and southbound traffic on 8th Avenue S. is also down to one lane, from Lane St. to S. Dearborn Street.

Repairs are expected to take until at least midnight. Cause of the leak is unknown at this time.

Cause or the leak is unknown at this time.

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities, at: http://www.seattle.gov/util.

Eastbound I-90 reduced to one lane in Seattle Nov. 13-15: All eastbound lanes will reopen prior to the end of Sunday’s Seahawks game

Washington State Department of Transportation & Sound Transit

Seahawks fans and drivers on eastbound Interstate 90 across Lake Washington will want to plan ahead for another weekend of road work.

Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit will reduce eastbound I-90 to one lane near Rainier Avenue South. All eastbound traffic will be rerouted to the express lanes during the closure. All lanes will reopen prior to the end of Sunday’s Seahawks game.

Drivers traveling to the eastside of Lake Washington should plan for lengthy delays along Interstate 5, eastbound State Route 520 and eastbound I-90 in downtown Seattle. Those heading to CenturyLink Field or downtown Seattle from the south should consider using alternate routes.

The lane closures on I-90 will provide contractor crews space to upgrade the operations and safety systems in the eastbound Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels. The tunnel work is needed before Sound Transit begins work in 2017 to devote the I-90 express lanes to the 14-mile East Link light rail extension.

Closure details
11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, until approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15
• Eastbound I-90 traffic between Rainier Avenue South and Bellevue Way Southeast is routed to the express lanes from 11 p.m. Friday to approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.
• The eastbound I-90 exit to Rainier Avenue South will remain open.
• The Rainier Avenue South on-ramps to eastbound I-90 will be closed. Drivers should follow the signed detour via South Dearborn Street and Fourth Avenue South.
• Flammable materials will be prohibited on eastbound I-90. Drivers must use alternate routes such as Interstate 405 or state routes 520 or 522.
• The I-90 trail will not be affected during the closure.

Special events
• 106.1 KISS FM’s Fall Ball at the WaMu Theater: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.
• Seattle Seahawks versus Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

Keep traffic moving
Thousands of vehicles travel on I-5 through downtown Seattle and across the I-90 floating bridge on a typical weekend. Drivers can help prevent gridlock:
• Know before you go: check the Seattle traffic website, call 511 for real-time travel information, and plan for delays and added travel time.
• Allow extra time to travel through the work zone or on alternate routes.
• Ride transit, carpool or use other alternative modes of transportation.
• Travel early in the morning or later in the evening, or reschedule discretionary trips.
• Those heading to CenturyLink Field or downtown Seattle from the south should consider using alternate routes such as East Marginal Way South, Airport Way South or Fourth Avenue South; or state routes 99, 509 and 599.
• Expect congestion on alternate routes such as I-5, I-405 and SR 520; and on city streets such as Rainier Avenue South, Fourth Avenue South and South Dearborn Street in Seattle.

In preparation for East Link, the now-underway I-90 Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations project preserves the three regular lanes in each direction while adding all-day carpool lanes with direct access ramps for transit, carpools and vanpools.

Special Events Advisory for Wednesday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 8

 

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers to be aware of several events happening around the city through the weekend that will affect area traffic. The Seattle Symphony Friday Matinee will cause bus staging downtown in the morning and afternoon. The UW Huskies play at Husky Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Mustache Dache Run takes place Sunday morning at Magnuson Park.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6th:

Seattle Symphony Friday Matinee Concert: Bus staging on University Street between Second and Third avenues for an afternoon performance at Benaroya Hall.  Buses will stage between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.  About 450 people are expected to attend.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th: 

UW Huskies Football at Husky Stadium: Huskies vs. Utah, the kick off at 4:30 p.m. About 70,000 people are expected to attend.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8th: 

Mustache Dache: Family friendly 5K Run at Magnuson Park benefitting prostate cancer research starts at 9:30 a.m. NE 65th Street will be closed from 65th Avenue NE to Lake Shore Drive NE between 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. About 1,800 people are expected to participate.

 

Temporary Road Closure for Completion of Pedestrian Safety Improvements on West Harrison Street at Second Avenue West

Crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation will finish constructing the new curb extension at the southeast corner of Second Avenue West and West Harrison Street, completing the final stages of the pedestrian safety improvement project. Work will occur Tuesday, October 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This work is weather dependent and may be delayed due to inclement weather.

Travelers can expect the following construction impacts:
• Short-term closure at the south side of the intersection of Second Avenue West at West Harrison Street throughout project work hours.
• Temporary pedestrian detours around the sidewalk at the southeast corner of Second Avenue West and West Harrison Street.

The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages traffic to use First Avenue West and Queen Anne Avenue West during this closure. People walking and riding bikes will be routed around the closure. Please follow detour signage.

The pedestrian safety improvements where First Avenue West and Second Avenue West intersect West Harrison Street includes construction of new curb extensions, to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings and improve visibility between pedestrians and motorists, and upgrades to curb ramps to comply with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

This project is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy, through the Neighborhood Street Fund Program.

If you have questions or concerns during construction, please contact the project team at NSF@seattle.gov or 206-733-9361, or visit the project website: www.seattle.gov/transportation/harrisonstreetimprovements.htm. You can also sign up for project updates via email here.