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Upcoming Intersection Closures at SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW

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Looking north on SW Avalon Way. Photo via Google Maps

What’s happening on SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW?

SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW in West Seattle are seeing major improvements! This past April, as a part of the SW Seattle Paving: 35th/Avalon Project, construction began to make safety and transit improvements for people walking, bicycling, driving and riding the bus in West Seattle. When complete, improvements will include a new protected bike lane, new bus stops, widened sidewalks in some areas, and a full depth rebuild of the road.


What’s next for SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW?

We’re about to begin an important part of our project! We will be closing the intersection of SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW for up to 3 weekends. The first closure will take place as soon as Friday, September 6, 2019 at 9 AM and continue through Monday, September 9 at 6 AM. Crews will work into the evening to ensure that the intersection will reopen for Monday morning commutes.


The 35th Ave SW and Avalon Way SW intersection must be rebuilt to extend the useful life of the road, make utility upgrades, and increase safety for all road users. This work will lead to smoother commutes for all traveling through the area. We are phasing this work over multiple weekends to minimize night work noise for nearby neighbors and minimize traffic impacts for those making the weekday commute along SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW. Our goal is to minimize the number of weekend closures needed to keep Seattle moving!


We understand that the Seahawks are playing their first home game on Sunday, September 8 (Go Hawks!), and we encourage those attending to plan ahead for your commute home after the games. Buses will not be running their standard routes due to the intersection closure.


Why does the intersection need to closed?

These closures will allow us to rebuild the concrete roadway in the intersection. Crews need to close the intersection for the safety of people traveling and to allow workers, large equipment, and trucks to maneuver throughout the work zone efficiently and safely. This work relies on good weather to allow the concrete to cure, so depending on weather, the schedule may change.

What’s left for the SW Seattle Paving: 35th/ Avalon Project?

We are so excited to share that once this work is complete, we will have reached a milestone on the SW Avalon Way portion of the project – by the time the closure takes place we will have rebuilt the majority of the road base of SW Avalon Way!


Road work will continue for several months on 35th Ave SW as we dig up the old the road base and build new concrete roads on 35th Ave SW, SW Alaska St, and parts of SW Avalon Way.


Thank you for your patience as we safely and efficiently work towards this important milestone.


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