Update: This blog was updated on September 30, 2019 to reflect the second intersection closure of SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW.
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 will be closing the intersection of SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW for up to 3 weekends. The second closure will take place as soon as Friday, October 4, 2019 at 9 AM and continue through Monday, October 7 at 6 AM. Crews will work into the evening to ensure that the intersection will reopen for Monday morning commutes.
Why does the intersection need to close?
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 road base and build new concrete roads on 35th Ave SW, SW Alaska St, and parts of SW Avalon Way.
The first closure began Friday, September 6, for the repair and re-configuring of the SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW intersection to improve safety, accessibility, and comfort for all users.
Here’s what you can expect:
C L O S U R E | D E T O U R
The intersection of SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW will be closed Friday, October 4, 2019 at 9 AM and continue through Monday, October 7 at 6 AM.
If you are traveling Southbound on SW Avalon Way towards the Alaska Junction, you will turn left onto SW Genesee St and right on Delridge Way SW. You will then take SW Orchard St to Sylvan Way SW to 35th Ave SW, take a left onto SW Alaska St, and take 37th Ave SW.
If you need to travel Northbound on SW Avalon Way from the Alaska Junction, you will go south on 35th Ave SW and take a left onto Sylvan Way SW. You will then take a left onto Delridge Way SW, a left onto SW Genesee St, and then turn right to travel north on SW Avalon Way.
L A N E R E S T R I C T I O N S
On-street parking will be closed on both sides of the street north and south of the work zone. Pedestrian detours will be in place to maintain safety and mobility for people walking.
N O I S E
Expect loud noise, dust, and vibrations while crews are working. Crews may be jack hammering into the evening to ensure that the intersection can open on Monday morning.
T R A N S I T
Buses will be taking detours. Sign up for Metro’s Rider Alerts to stay up to date on stop re-locations. If a stop is relocated or a bus is detoured, signs will also be posted along the corridor.
P R O J E C T O U T C O M E
We’re repaving SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW between SW Spokane St and SW Alaska St. Repaving will make the street more comfortable to drive on and extend its useful life. The project will also:
- Upgrade curb ramps
- Make minor drainage system upgrades
- Install protected bike lanes
- Make bus stop improvements
How to stay informed
- Sign up for email updates so you can learn the latest information weekly throughout construction.
- Email us at email@example.com or call us 206-900-8734 with your questions during construction.