Construction of the Delridge-Highland Park Greenway continues

The Seattle Department of Transportation advises travelers of construction activity occurring as part of the Delridge-Highland Park Greenway project at 21st Avenue Southwest and near 15th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Holden Street.

Traffic restrictions in place at 15th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Holden Street

As of Thursday, Jan. 14, the south side of the intersection at 15th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Holden Street is closed to all traffic as crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation construct pedestrian safety improvements, including a new crosswalk, pedestrian crossing signal, and new and upgraded curb ramps. Local access will be maintained to 15th Avenue Southwest from the south via Southwest Kenyon Street.

This closure is in addition to the closure of the north side of the intersection of 15th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Holden Street. These traffic restrictions will continue for two to three weeks, weather permitting.

Travelers can expect the following construction impacts at 15th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Holden Street:

  • Temporary closure of the north and south sides of the 15th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Holden Street intersection. Local access will be maintained at all times.
  • Construction activity from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Short-term parking and lane restrictions Southwest Holden Street; two-way traffic will be maintained.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas; please follow posted signage.

Lane restrictions at 21st Avenue Southwest near 22nd Avenue Southwest

Beginning Friday, Jan. 15, crews working for SDOT will begin preparing for sidewalk installation on the west side of 21st Avenue Southwest between 22nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Dawson Street. To complete this work, 21st Avenue Southwest will need to be reduced to one lane. A flagger will be present on both ends of the work zone to maintain two-way traffic. These restrictions will be in effect intermittently between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays for two to three weeks. Pedestrian routes will be maintained at all times. Please follow posted signage.

Additionally, crews will prepare for drainage improvements on 21st Avenue Southwest, just south of where 22nd Avenue Southwest merges with 21st Avenue Southwest. The work will include installing a storm drain on the east side of 21st Avenue Southwest and repairing a storm drain on the west side of the street.

Travelers can expect the following construction impacts during work on 21st Avenue Southwest:

  • Short-term, weekday lane restrictions on 21st Avenue Southwest between 22nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Dawson Street. A traffic flagger will maintain two-way traffic.
  • Construction activity from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas. Please follow posted signage.

This work is a component of the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway which will connect White Center to the West Seattle Bridge Trail. This neighborhood greenway is one route in a citywide network of neighborhood greenways which are residential streets made safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride bikes.

For more information, please visit the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway project web page at www.seattle.gov/transportation/delridgehighparkgreenway.htm or contact the project team at 206.684.4747 or DelridgeGreenway@seattle.gov.

 

 

 

Traffic revisions on NE 103rd St. and 1st Ave. NE, Jan. 15-16 and Jan. 19-21

Sound Transit

 

This weekend (Jan. 15 and 16) and next week (Jan. 19 and 21), crews will be working on 1st Avenue NE at the NE 100th and NE 103rd street intersections.  The intersections will be intermittently closed to westbound traffic. Access to the NE 100th St. entrance to the Northgate Transit Center will be maintained. Flaggers and signage will direct vehicles around the work area.

 

 

Plan ahead for construction on westbound I-90 Jan. 22-25

Washington State Department of Transportation

 

Drivers heading west across Lake Washington should plan ahead for construction and delays Jan. 22-25. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit will continue upgrading the operations and safety systems inside the Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels as part of a project to add new around-the-clock HOV lanes to Interstate 90.

Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, the crews will reroute all westbound lanes of Interstate 90 to the express lanes between Bellevue Way Southeast and Rainier Avenue South until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

“We’ve completed a lot work of the past year,” said project engineer Aleta Borschowa. “Not all of it is glamorous, and a lot of it is taking place in the ceilings or walls of the tunnels and out of the view of drivers.”

Some of the highlights include placing more than a mile of electrical and fiber optic conduit that will connect to the thousands of holes contractor crews have drilled in the tunnel ceilings for new lights, cameras and fire detection equipment. Crews have also upgraded electrical systems that will power the new and improved tunnel ventilation and safety systems, and built a new emergency access corridor in the westbound Mount Baker Tunnel.

“We’re almost halfway but we have a lot of work to go,” said Borschowa. “We want to make sure that tunnels are ready to keep folks safe and get things ready for light rail.”

Building the new HOV lanes on the outer roadways of I-90 will enable construction of Sound Transit’s 14-mile East Link light rail extension from Seattle to Redmond in the express lanes.

Closure details

11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25

  • Westbound I-90 traffic between Bellevue Way Southeast and Rainier Avenue South is routed to the express lanes.
  • Mercer Island traffic will need to exit westbound I-90 at East Mercer Way. There are no westbound exits to Mercer Island from the express lanes.
  • Drivers heading to Seattle from Mercer Island should use the 77th Avenue Southeast or Island Crest Way express lane on-ramps.
  • The westbound I-90 exits to Rainier Avenue South will be closed. Drivers should follow the signed detour via Fourth Avenue South and eastbound I-90.
  • Flammable materials will be prohibited on westbound I-90. Drivers must use alternate routes such as I-405, SR 520 or SR 522.
  • The I-90 Trail will not be impacted during the closure.

Special events

University of Washington women’s basketball at Alaska Airlines Arena

  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23

 Seattle University men’s basketball at KeyArena

  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23

 University of Washington men’s basketball at Alaska Airlines Arena

  • 530 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24

 WSDOT needs help from drivers to keep traffic moving Thousands of vehicles travel across the I-90 floating bridge on a typical weekend. WSDOT needs drivers’ help to prevent regional gridlock during a weekend closure:

  • 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 westbound on I-90 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.
  • Expect congestion on alternate routes such as I-405, I-5 and SR 520.
  • During the day drivers should expect increased congestion on local streets, especially Rainier Avenue South, Fourth Avenue South and South Dearborn Street in Seattle; and Bellevue Way Southeast in Bellevue.

 

 

Detours and travel delays at on 23rd Avenue this weekend at East Madison Street and East Cherry Street

The Seattle Department of Transportation advises travelers of weekend construction, detours, and partial or full closures of multiple intersections on 23rd Avenue continuing throughout the month of January. See below for details about planned closures at the intersections of East Madison Street and East Cherry Street. All work is weather dependent and subject to change. Additional January closures are expected; stay tuned for details.

Full intersection closure at East Madison Street and 23rd Avenue, Jan. 15 – 18

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 through 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, travelers can expect:

  • The East Madison Street and 23rd Avenue intersection will be closed to traffic in all directions.
  • East Madison Street between 19th Avenue and 23rd Avenue will be open for local access only.
  • 23rd Avenue between East John Street and East Union Street will be open for local access only.
  • Detours around the intersection of East Madison Street and 23rd Avenue include:
      • For southbound 23rd Avenue traffic, drivers will follow a detour via East John Street to 19th Avenue. To return to 23rd Avenue, use East Union Street.
      • Northbound 23rd Avenue remains closed between South Jackson Street and East Union Street. Drivers will follow the regular construction detour on Martin Luther King Jr Way, continuing on Martin Luther King Jr Way to East John Street where they can return to 23rd Avenue.
      • For westbound East Madison Street traffic, drivers will take East John Street. To return to East Madison Street, use 19th Avenue.
      • For eastbound East Madison Street traffic, drivers will take 19th Avenue to East John Street before returning to East Madison Street.

 Southbound 23rd Avenue closure from East Cherry Street to East Jefferson Street, Jan. 16 – 17

Beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 through 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, travelers can expect:

  • Southbound 23rd Avenue will be closed from East Cherry Street to East Jefferson Street; east- and westbound travel at the intersection of East Cherry Street and 23rd Avenue will be maintained.
  • Detours around the closure at East Cherry Street and 23rd Avenue include:
      • For southbound 23rd Avenue traffic, drivers will follow a detour via East Cherry Street to 21st Avenue. Drivers should take East Jefferson Street to return to 23rd Avenue.
      • Northbound 23rd Avenue remains closed between South Jackson Street and East Union Street. Drivers will follow the regular construction detour on Martin Luther King Jr Way to East Union Street, where they can return to 23rd Avenue, or continue on Martin Luther King Jr Way to East John Street to circumspect the East Madison Street intersection closure (see above).
      • For eastbound East Jefferson Street traffic, drivers will be allowed to turn right onto southbound 23rd Avenue.

For information about impacts to bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, visit Metro Online at www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call 206-553-3000.

Pedestrian crossings will be maintained and businesses will remain open and accessible.

Please visit the website for more information and maps showing the detour routes: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_Ave.htm

 

 

Magnolia Bridge to be closed Friday night for maintenance

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will close the Magnolia Bridge from 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 29) until 8 a.m. Saturday morning (Jan. 30th) to perform maintenance work. If crews are unable to complete the work Friday night, they will again close the bridge from 9 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 30) to 8 a.m. Sunday, (Jan 31). The Magnolia Bridge connects the Magnolia Boulevard West to 15th Avenue West, and connects the Magnolia Neighborhood to the rest of Seattle.

During this time drivers will still be able to access the Galer Street Flyover to Piers 86 thru 91. Access to the Marina and the Palasaides Resturant will be available via one of the ramps for two way traffic with flaggers. The west bound ramp will be closed first, and crews will continue our work across the width of the bridge to the south side. Then they will then close the east bound ramp and open the west bound ramp to two-way traffic with flaggers. Other drivers may use the West Dravus Street or the West Emerson Street bridges.

Metro buses will be rerouted. For information about bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online, www.kingcounty.gov/metro or call (206) 553-3000.

 

Crews will replace worn grout pads between the bridge deck and the steel beams. This and other periodic maintenance helps to prolong the useful life of the bridge.

 

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