Making The 8 Less L8! | Today – 8/28

One of the busiest stretches of Denny Way, eastbound from Fairview Ave E to Stewart St, is about to get a new transit-only lane—dedicated to moving many people efficiently. The project is part of a larger effort to address the historically late King County Metro Route 8, which serves an estimated 10,000 riders per weekday.

Diagram of new Denny Way configuration, Fairview Ave to Stewart St.

 

Work starts this afternoon, August 24, to transform one underutilized westbound lane of Denny Way for eastbound general-purpose traffic to Capitol Hill and dedicating the middle eastbound lane of the resulting three, to mass transit around the biggest single bottleneck that Route 8 experiences. The area is already bordered by construction projects, so crews can sometimes use will use the existing lane closures.

 

Route 8 currently runs 6 buses an hour per direction in peak periods. Separating the lane of cars turning right onto Yale to get to I-5 is expected to reduce lane merging friction and reduce congestion headed east on Denny Way to Capitol Hill.

 

Route 8 WB on Denny Way, at Aurora | Image by Cait Sith Productions, Caitsith810 – YouTube

 

Comprehensive and coordinated planning over the last four years has focused on better reliability for this key route in this location, and on sections of Route 8 in Lower Queen Anne, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. Besides enhanced Route 8 reliability, the change is also expected to benefit riders by:

  • Keeping more buses running on time, which in turn…
  • Reducing bus-bunching (jamming up at a bus stop);
  • Reducing wait times at important transfer locations (e.g. Capitol Hill Link); and
  • Making transit a more attractive travel option for crosstown travel in some of Seattle’s densest neighborhoods.

 

Capacity for mobility is critical, as Seattle growth continues, from 608,660 people in 2010 to more than nearly 730,000 in 2018 (click chart image for more details).

Seattle population growth chart | https://bit.ly/2MwIxAj

 

Much of the employment growth in downtown Seattle since the recession has been in South Lake Union, and Route 8 is a crucial connection for residents to access jobs, cultural destinations, and housing in central Seattle.

 

Crush loads…

The seated capacity of Metro’s 60-ft articulated coaches is 56 passengers, with a so-called ‘crush load’ equating to about 90- riders. As Route 8 riders likely know, crush loads are frequent during afternoon peak periods on this section of Denny, as are long wait times. Speeding up bus travel also provides operational savings to Metro and City-funded bus service.

 

#Make8LessL8!

The new bus lane is one piece of a set of improvements intended to enhance Route 8 speed and reliability. Although the changes are not expected to completely solve the reliability problems currently experienced on Route 8, together they should offer noticeable improvement.

Denny Substation Project, Aug 23, 2018 | Image by Seattle City Light | seattle.gov/light/dennysub | John St on left; Denny Way on right.

 

Originally expected to be installed last year, we accommodated Denny Substation construction needs and are now implementing the design. The reconfiguration project is expected to finish Tuesday, August 28.

 

What you can expect:

This afternoon crews begin placing and bagging (until project completion) new signage between Fairview and Stewart.

Beginning at 7 AM Saturday, August 25, the team will hydro-blast (weather & equipment dependent) the street surface to remove existing street configuration markings; and then paint the new lines.

The moving operation will create additional, temporary lane closures through Saturday afternoon. Work is scheduled again Monday and Tuesday, 9 AM – 3 PM, to complete the project.

 

August 24, Friday | Noon – 3 PM | Closures
Crews need 1 – 2 rolling lane closures, and at times may be able to use those already in place for construction on both sides of Denny Way.

 

August 25, Saturday | 7 AM – 3 PM | Closures
As crews progress with mobile operations, there will be 1 – 2 rolling lane closures.

 

Monday August 27 and Tuesday, August 28 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Closures
Expect rolling lane closures during work hours, to finish project.

 

Thank you for your patience during this mobile operation!

 

Contact us!

Email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623). Information subject to change. 

Burke-Gilman & Ship Canal Trails Repairs | 8/21-26

BGT bike riding family | TIA International Photography

We are planning to do some spot repairs on the Burke Gilman and Ship Canal Trails starting on Tuesday, August 21st. Click on the maps below for larger versions, showing work areas. Here’s to smooth connections!

 

Burke-Gilman Trail: 8/21 & 8/24-26

Image by Google Maps | google.com/maps | click for larger view

What you can expect:

8/21 | BGT spot 5 location (see map above) closed 9 AM-3 PM; people biking detoured to N 34th St.

8/24-26 | BGT area 6 closed, 7 AM – 7 PM each day, Stone Way N to Phinney Ave N; signed detour to N 34th St.

8/25 | BGT spots 1 & 2 closed at site from 9 AM-3 PM, detour to parallel neighborhood streets from NW 36th St to NW 40th St.

 

Ship Canal Trail: 8/22 – 8/24

Image by Google Maps | google.com/maps | click for larger view

What you can expect:

8/22 | SCT spots 1 – 5 locations (see map above) closed 9 AM-3 PM; detour to Nickerson from 3rd Ave N to 3rd Ave W.

8/23 | SCT spots 1 – 5 locations closed 9 AM-3 PM; detour to Nickerson from 3rd Ave N to 3rd Ave W.

8/24 | SCT spot 6 on W Emerson Pl: trail closed at site 9 AM-3 PM; detour to N side of W Emerson Pl, 21st – 19th avenues W.

 

Contact us!

If you have questions about this work, email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623). Information subject to change. 

Thank you for your understanding while we work to maintain Seattle’s trail system!

 

 

Update: Arbor Heights Safe Routes

We’re in our final stretch of construction work on the Arbor Heights Safe Routes to School project!

 

This week along 35th Ave SW, the team:

  • Completed pouring concrete for sidewalks on W side, SW 100th to SW 104th streets.
  • Completed asphalt paving along the curb on the E side ,SW 100th to SW 102nd streets.
  • Installed temporary roadway markings.

 

Next week along 35th Ave SW, crews will:

  • Complete pouring concrete at curb corners and build ADA-compliant curb ramps on W side  (Please note: this work was pushed back to next week due to limited concrete availability this week)
  • Begin demolishing and pouring concrete at curb corners and build ADA-compliant curb ramps on E side
  • Open up sidewalks early in the week, as they are completed/cured. *Please use sidewalk across the street during curb ramp construction.

 

What you can expect:

August 20 | Intermittent brief closures (NE & SE curb corners demo/rebuilds)

Closure

  • E35th Ave SW and SW 100th – EB travel through the intersection.

 

Note: Vehicles will still be able to travel WB on SW 100th St to access Marine View Dr SW.

 

August 20-24 | 7 AM – 5 PM

Closure

  • 35th Ave SW will be fully closed between SW 100th and SW 106th streets during work hours.

 

Note: 35th Ave SW will reopen at the end of each work day, and remains open during the weekend.

 

Thank you for your understanding as project work continues!

What’s Moving Seattle | This Week

Jack White kicks it off in Seattle this week, later followed by Hemp Fest, Hot Sauce, and Halestorm; Oh My! Get in the moment with one of these action options–and act with an informed travel plan (a.k.a. construction aware).

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 13

Featured image by CenturyLink Field | bit.ly/2B3yWM9

Jack White concert: At WaMu Theater.  8 PM – 11 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM.  Estimated attendance: 7,000.

Denny Substation project work has travel impacts to be aware of starting today, through Sunday:

  • August 13 – 15,  7 AM – 3 PMPontius Ave N fully closed, between Republican and John streets, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 13 – 17,  24/7Thomas St will be closed, between Terry and Westlake avenues north, for full roadway restoration.
  • August 13 – 17,  7AM – 3PMThomas St will be fully closed, between Pontius and Fairview avenues north, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 15 – 17, 7AM – 3PMMinor Ave N will be fully closed, between Republican and John streets, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 18 – 19, 9 AM – 7 PMRepublican St will be closed, between Fairview and Minor avenues north, for duct bank installation.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Featured image by Pike Place Market Foundation | pikeplacemarketfoundation.org/events

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 12 PM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market: Annual dinner at the Pike Place Market to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation.  Event hours are 7 PM to 11 PM.  Pike Place will close at 8 AM Friday morning.  Estimated attendance: 1,600.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 7:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 40,000.

Halestorm + In This Moment concert: At WaMu Theater.  8 PM – 11 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM.  Estimated attendance: 7,000.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Featured image by The World is Fun | www.theworldisfun.org

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 10 AM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Big Day of Play: Free event presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation.  At Rainier Community Center and Playfields.  Event hours are 11 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,600.

Hot Sauce Fest: Free event at Ballard Commons Park features the best hot sauces, food trucks and entertainment.  Event hours are 11 AM to 10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,150.

Boogie Up the Block: Free all-day urban arts event in Seattle’s Central District.  Event will close E. Fir St. between 12th Ave. and 14th Ave.  Event hours are 12 PM to 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 300.

Washington Beer BBQ: At SLU Discovery Center.  Event hours are 12 PM to 6 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: At CenturyLink Field.  1 PM – 3 PM.  Estimated attendance: 35,000.

Mercer x Summit Block Party: Free all ages music and art event on Summit Ave. between Mercer and Roy St.  Event hours are 1 PM to 11 PM.  Estimated attendance: 875.

Liberty or Death – Rally Against Left Wing Violence: Rally at Seattle City Hall.  3 PM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 3,000.

Belltown Block Party: Event will close 2nd Ave. between Blanchard and Lenora Streets.  5 PM – 2 AM.  Estimated attendance: 730.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 7:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 43,000.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Featured image by Hempfest | www.hempfest.org

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Viking Dash 5K, 10K, 15K: At Magnuson Park.  Event hours: 9:30 AM to 12 PM.  Estimated attendance: 350.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 10 AM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 1:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 40,000.

 

More Travel Details…

  • August 17 – 19, 24/72nd Ave will be reduced to 2 lanes, from Pike to Union streets, for roadway reconstruction.
  • August 17 – 31, 24/7 | NB 1st Ave S will be closed, from S Washington to Cherry streets, for utility relocation.
  • August 18 – 19, 9 AM – 5 PM | 5th Ave will be closed, between Union and University streets, for construction involving crane work.
  • August 18 – 19, 24/7 | 35th Ave NE will be fully closed, from NE 45th to NE 55th streets, for paving work.

 

Sneak Peak @ Next Week…

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros at Safeco Field:

  • August 20, 7:10 PM – 10 PM
  • August 21, 7:10 PM – 10 PM
  • August 22, 1:10 PM – 4 PM

The Smashing Pumpkins concert at Key Arena, August 24, 7 PM – 10 PM.

Belltown Crush Block Party Beer and Wine Festival, on Bell St between 4th and 2nd avenues, August 25, 3 PM – 7 PM.

The South Lake Union Night Market will close 9th Ave, John St to Denny Way, August 25, 4 PM – 10 PM.

Seattle Children’s Park to Park Swim, from Matthews Beach to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland, August 26, 7:30 AM – 11 AM.

Seattle Marathon Summer 5K/10K Race at Seward Park, August 26, 8:30 AM – 12 PM.

Cosmo 7K and 5K run & walk along Alki Beach in West Seattle, August 26, 9:30 AM – 11 AM.

Kawabe SummerFest! on 18th Ave S, August 26, 11 AM – 3 PM.

Celebrate Little Saigon 2018, at 1025 S King Street, August 26, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

 

 

More Info…

The Seattle Special Events Office has a great collection of calendars to keep you in the know. For updated event and advisory info, check out our Weekender Edition at the end of this week! For more details on travel impacts, visit our construction look-ahead and traveler’s map links, or…

 

Contact us!

Email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623).

Information subject to change. Additional construction

Hawthorne Elementary & S Genesee St | Safer connections

REMINDER: S Dakota St & 38th Ave S closure starts today!

As we mentioned in our What’s Moving Seattle | Weekender Edition, the 38th Ave S and S Dakota St intersection is closed for the next 4 weeks for safety improvements. The goal is to have the intersection open by the time school starts at Hawthorne Elementary in early September, though some work may remain to wrap up final details.

 

What you can expect:

Aug 13 – Sept. 5 | 24/7

Closure

  • No traffic allowed through 38th Ave S & S Dakota St intersection, 24/7, for both site work and concrete curing.
  • Possible loading & parking restrictions 7 AM – 5 PM as crews to replace concrete panels and build new curb bulbs.
  • A pedestrian path will be maintained through the intersection for the duration of this closure.

 

Detours

  • Traffic traveling north and south on 38th Ave S will be detoured to Rainier Ave S via S Genesee St and S Andover St.

 

General

Work completed thus far for the Hawthorne Elementary and S Genesee St Safer Community Pedestrian Connections project includes:

  •  Installed curb ramps and roadway panels at 38th Ave S and S Angeline St, and pruned shrubbery
  • Installed curb ramp and improved pedestrian facility at S Snoqualmie St and 42nd Ave S
  • Poured foundations at S Genesee St Cascadia Ave S

 

This project was one of 12 selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through the SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program.

 

Thank you for your patience and continued support!