Traffic Advisory: Weekend Intersection Closure of SW Alaska St and 35th Ave SW

Crews working on the 35th/Avalon Project

Crews working on the 35th/Avalon Project

 

What’s happening on SW Alaska St and 35th Ave SW?

Earlier this year, 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.

We have now begun work on SW Alaska St and will be closing the intersection of 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St for up to 3 weekends. The first closure will take place as soon as Friday, December 13 at 7 PM and continue through the early morning of Monday, December 16. We 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.

Here’s what you can expect:

 S C H E D U L E

Starting Friday, December 13 at 7 PM, the intersection of SW Alaska St and 35th Ave SW will be closed and is scheduled to reopen early morning on Monday, December 16. This first intersection closure will allow us to complete water utility upgrades to then allow us to rebuild the concrete panels in the intersection.

This work will require up to 3 weekend closures. The work is weather dependent and subject to change.

C L O S U R E | D E T O U R

While the intersection of 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St is closed, the following detours will be in place:

  • If you are traveling northbound on 35th Ave SW towards the West Seattle Bridge, you will turn left onto SW Morgan St, right onto 42nd Ave SW, and then right onto Fauntleroy Way SW
  • If you are traveling southbound from the West Seattle Bridge, you will take Fauntleroy Way SW, turn left onto 42nd Ave SW, left onto SW Morgan St and then right on 35th Ave SW
  • If you live off 35th Ave SW between SW Morgan St and SW Alaska St:
    • There will be a local access only closure at 35th Ave SW and SW Morgan St
      • All other northbound traffic will be detoured at SW Morgan St
35th Ave SW & SW Alaska St Detour Map

35th Ave SW & SW Alaska St Detour Map

L A N E   R E S T R I C T I O N S

Local access only will be permitted on SW Alaska St, east of Fauntleroy Way SW, and on 35th Ave SW, south of SW Avalon Way and north of SW Morgan St. 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 is ready to reopen on Monday morning.

 

T R A N S I T

Buses will be taking detours. Sign up for King County 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 and SW Alaska St between 36th Ave SW and 35th Ave SW. 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

 

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