What’s Moving Seattle | Weekender

What’s new since the long list of goings on in What’s Moving Seattle This Week? Well, if Pearl Jam’s dedication to its Seattle home town isn’t moving, we don’t know what is, so we’re going with that one again! There’s a few other news morsels below…

 

Pearl Jams it again tonight!

Pearl Jam in concert Aug. 8, 2018 | Photo by Tim Durkan

Pearl Jam The Home Shows concert #2 at Safeco Field, 7:30 PM – 11 PM, with a cozy 45,000 estimated attendance. Of course, we knew this before–but now we have the close-up photo to share!

 

Making SR 99 Connections.

Image by WSDOT | Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

As part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program and its SR 99 Connections Project, WSDOT crews will  work on 1st Ave S Aug. 13-16 and Aug. 20-23. Expect overnight closures of 1st Ave S between S and Railroad Way S, 9 PM to 5 AM. Portions of the sidewalk may also be closed. If you have questions, email viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call 1-888-AWV-LINE.

 

Reviving I-5 this weekend.

We’ve made it through five I-5 revive weekends now, so what’s a little partial one starting tonight? Take note, from 8 PM until 5 AM Monday, Aug. 13, NB I-5 will be down to 2 lanes from Swift/Avenue Albro Place (Exit 161) to SR 520.  Express lanes will be closed all weekend in both directions.  In addition, from 2 AM to 12 PM Saturday and Sunday, NB I-5 will be reduced to two lanes from SR 520 to NE 45th St.  For all ramp closures, please check the WSDOT website!

 

 

More Construction News.

Lately, actually for the last five years, there hasn’t been a shortage of construction news and now is no exception. Being one of the fastest growing cities in the country keeps crews busy day and night, maintaining the transportation system!

 

S Dakota St/38th Ave S intersection closed Aug. 13 – Sept. 5:  If you drive near the Mount Baker neighborhood, prepare to avoid the S Dakota St/38th Ave S intersection for 3 1/2 weeks–unless you live there. That intersection will be closed to through traffic. We’re building new improved curb ramps at all 4 corners.

  • Traffic detoured to Rainier Ave S via S Andover St and S Genesee St.
  • Local access along 38th Ave S between S Andover St and S Genesee St.
  • Pedestrian path maintained through duration of this closure.

 

4th Ave & S Industrial Way intersection: We’re repairing several concrete panels in the SB lanes of 4th Ave S on Aug. 11 & 12 – working 7 AM to 5 PM Saturday and finishing 7 AM – 5 PM Sunday, with concrete curing time. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction. Also:

  • S Industrial Way SB Metro bus stop will be temporarily relocated about 100 feet north of its current location.
  • S Industrial Way south crosswalk will be closed during the project; the north crosswalk will remain open.

 

Olson Pl SW and 1st Ave S project continues: This is the 2nd of 4 weekends crews are working 7 AM to 9 PM daily to install traffic signaling at Olson Pl SW and 1st Ave S. This weekend the team will repave the roadway where there is currently about 70′ of steel plates. The goal of working 12+ hours/day is to finish the project by Aug. 26. Expect lane closures and drive safely!

 

Contact us!

Email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623). For more information on travel impacts, check out our construction look-ahead and traveler’s map links.

 

Information subject to change. Additional construction or events may be planned in the Seattle area.

 

Update 5: W Seattle Lower Bridge

Weighty Subject

Today, the Roadway Structures crew is moving a 15-ton replacement cylinder into its exact place, inside the west shore pier house of the W Seattle Lower Bridge.

The bridge was swung out to its marine vessel position last Wednesday, to further investigate a hydraulic fluid leak.

Roadway Structures crew maneuvers 15-ton cylinder | June 25, 2018

Roadway Structures crew maneuvers 15-ton cylinder | June 25, 2018

 

 

Rebuilding

Photo by Casey Allen | Pexels

Maneuvering replacement parts the combined weight of two elephants is no simple task. The nearly 30,000-pound cylinder must be installed per specific controls, right down to cleaning it, along with reconnecting hydraulic oil lines, rewiring electrical conduit, etc.

Huge piston assembly cylinder must be clean for install.

 

There’s also continuous monitoring and testing along the way (not of the elephants; rather, operation of the 15-ton replacement cylinder). It all means there are several more days of hard work ahead.

 

4 x 12 Effort

On Saturday, the team worked a 4th consecutive 12-hour day, pulling the huge, damaged piston assembly out of its tightly placed spot, and delivering the new one to just inside the pier house dome. With such long hours and critical work, the team rested Sunday to ensure both a safe and successful effort kicking off again this morning.

 

The damaged piston assembly cylinder will be inspected in detail locally, to determine to cause of its hydraulic fluid leak.

 

What You Can Expect

The Spokane St Swing Bridge, a.k.a. W Seattle Low-Level Bridge over the Duwamish River, remains out of commission, potentially through the end of the week. We expect to know more tomorrow, June 26, 2018.

Vehicles:

 Detour routes are marked at the following locations:

  • Chelan Ave SW
  • 1st Ave S
  • E Marginal
  • Harbor

Visit our What’s moving Seattle this week? blog for navigation tips.

 

Cyclists:

 Shuttle service for bike commuters is running during the week, 6 – 10 AM and 3 – 7 PM, carrying up to 15 passengers each trip.

 Shuttle pick-up & drop-off is at bridge approaches; arriving at each side every ~20 minutes.

For biking around the Duwamish River to the next cross point, see our Bike Detour Map and suggestions in Update 4

 

Here’s to a successful West Seattle Lower Bridge Repair this week, coming back strong and swinging!

Update 4: W Seattle Bridge

Back-up piston assembly on site | June 22, 2018

 

 

Primed & Ready

Today crews primed the replacement parts that will help get the W Seattle Lower Bridge back in service. The huge piston also had to be rotated to match the position of the bridge–for ‘ease’ of placement.

Crews prepping the new piston assembly for the W Seattle Lower Bridge

 

 

Pull & Push

Saturday morning the team will begin pulling the massive old hydraulic assembly out from inside the pier machine house. Today crews worked to ensure the heavy pull goes smoothly, clearing space for crane movements that include pushing the new assembly in, when the time is right.

W Seattle Lower Bridge | Old piston assembly readied for 06.23.18 removal

 

Shuttle Resumes Monday

The bike commuter shuttle wraps up tonight, resuming Monday at 6 AM. For weekend riders, see the bike detour mapThank you @SDOTtraffic tweeters for sharing detour experiences–with these suggestions from downtown to W Seattle:

Stay far right on 1st Ave S, over E Marginal Way, to signed bike route.

Take 1st Ave S bike route under bridges, toward S Michigan St.

Stay right to ride onto 1st Ave S Bridge.

Rider-suggested route on 1st Ave S to W Seattle | Image by Google

 

What you can expect:

Spokane St Swing Bridge, a.k.a. W Seattle Low-Level Bridge over the Duwamish River is out of commission through next week.

Vehicles:

 Detour routes are marked at the following locations:

  • Chelan Ave SW
  • 1st Ave S
  • E Marginal
  • Harbor

 

Cyclists:

 Shuttle service for bike riders will run during weekday commutes, up to 15 passengers each trip.

 Shuttle service is available 6 – 10 AM and 3 – 7 PM starting Monday; arriving at each side every ~20 minutes.

 Bike Riders: go to bridge approaches in Seattle and W Seattle for weekday shuttle pickup and drop-off.

 

 

Enjoy the Weekend!

It’s a busy weekend special events and construction  going on in Seattle. Have fun and stay safe, while the W Seattle Low-level Bridge gets some high-level maintenance!

Update 3: W Seattle Lower Bridge

W Seattle Lower Bridge machine house; west side of the Duwamish River.

Pulling together.

Swing Bridge in ‘open’ position

Today, crews repairing the West Seattle Lower Bridge are pulling electrical conduit and casings from the western bridge support machine room. They need to reach and replace damaged hydraulics that move the west side of the swing bridge–work that will take several days. The bridge is in its marine access open position, closed to vehicles, since Wednesday night.

 

Electrical conduit inside the west side machine house.

Pieces pulled from machine room, to reach hydraulics.

Prepping the damaged assembly for pullout.

 

HUGE thanks!

Thanks to all the local businesses and our greater community for helping to ensure smooth logistics. A special shout-out to the Water Taxi to and from W Seattle for deferring its regularly scheduled maintenance so that its 278-passenger boat is running to support bike commuters! It can carry 26 bikes at a time.

 

Improving how you get around.

Our Traffic Operations is deploying additional signage to help bikes and peds find the taxi. To get around during the repair work, consider riding the bus. Buses can hold up to 3 bikes. Check out King County’s tips for loading your bike on a bus.

 

Visit our What’s moving Seattle this week? blog for navigation tips. As our crews work to gain access to the damaged hydraulics, a multitude of projects and events are getting underway–including:

 

 

What you can expect:

Spokane St Swing Bridge, a.k.a. W Seattle Low-Level Bridge over the Duwamish River is out of commission while under repair.

Vehicles:

 Detour routes are marked at the following locations:

  • Chelan Ave SW
  • 1st Ave S
  • E Marginal
  • Harbor

 

Cyclists:

 Shuttle service for bike commuters continues, up to 15 passengers each trip.

 Shuttle service is available 3 – 7 PM today; arriving at each side every ~20 minutes.

 Bike Riders: Shuttle service is available at bridge approaches in Seattle and W Seattle for pickup and drop-off.

  • For those biking around the Duwamish, see the bike detour map.

 

Updates made available as confirmed.

Thanks for your patience!

 

Lane Closures on SW Barton between 29th Ave SW & 30th Ave SW Beginning May 19th through May 23rd

SDOT is advising travelers that lane closures on SW Barton St between 29th Ave SW and 30th Ave SW begin Saturday, May 19 through Wednesday, May 23.

The closures are for concrete panel repairs on SW Barton St. This project is weather dependent. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is being completed.

What travelers can expect:

  • Parking will be restricted:
    • 72 hours before the work starts and parking restrictions begin, “NO PARKING” signs will be placed on the street
  • SW Barton will have one lane of alternating traffic open during construction hours (8:30am to 6:00pm)
    • Police Officers will be staged at 29th Ave SW and 30th Ave SW to direct traffic
    • Sidewalk access will remain open
    • One lane in each direction of SW Barton will be open for vehicle traffic after construction hours
    • Possible travel delays through construction area during work hours