Our Quarterly Update on Reconnect West Seattle

RECONNECT WEST SEATTLE  

July – September 2021 Highlights  

Began construction on the Duwamish Longhouse interim signal and crossing to provide safer access to the Longhouse 

Funded more frequent service on Routes 50, 60, 120, and the RapidRide C line and an extended summer sailing schedule for winter service on King County Water Taxi  

Made improvements for people walking, rolling, and biking on S Orcas St including new signage, parking restrictions, and vegetation trimming to improve visibility. 

At Airport Way S & S Lucile St, restriped crosswalks, and improved signal timing, lane striping, and transit reliability for efficient travel across all modes 

Painted six curb bulbs in Georgetown and Highland Park to improve visibility of people walking and rolling  

Improved the major intersection of West Marginal Way and Highland Park Way to make navigating the intersection easier and more efficient 

Painted red bus lanes on SW Alaska St to help make bus lanes more visible to drivers and increase compliance with bus-only restrictions, which keeps transit moving 

Repaired pavement on the 23rd Ave SW walking/rolling pathway between SW Charlestown St and SW Spokane St so it is safer and more accessible for people of all abilities 

Patched asphalt to facilitate additional truck traffic to Terminal 18 (Gate 4) 

Restriped West Marginal Way, allowing people driving to see lane markings better and travel more safely

Photos 
Newly installed signal pole for Duwamish Longhouse 
Curb bulb at the intersection of 10th Ave S & Dallas Ave S 
Before (left) and after (right) improvements on the 23rd Ave SW walking/rolling pathway 
Riding the King County Water Taxi

Reconnect West Seattle was borne out of the unexpected closure of the West Seattle Bridge, which affected West Seattle and the nearby Duwamish Valley communities in many, varied ways. Through Reconnect West Seattle, we have a vision to restore travel across the Duwamish to similar levels seen before the bridge closure and, at the same time, reduce the impact of increased detour traffic in the Duwamish Valley neighborhoods like South Park, Georgetown, and Highland Park  

Each quarter (January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-November), we’re sharing a mini-report focusing on what we’ve done recently to help advance Reconnect West Seattle and what you can expect next.  

You can find the report here. We recommend you take a look at: 

Highlights 

So far, we’ve completed 50 of 70 Reconnect West Seattle projects, with more slated to be completed by the end of 2021. We’re currently in the planning and design phase for 10 new projects that will be completed in 2022.  

Over the past three months, we made improvements in various areas through restriping crosswalks, improving signal timing, restriping lanes, and making traveling by bike easier. In our Home Zone neighborhoods of Georgetown, South Park, and Highland Park, we installed multiple painted curb bulbs to calm traffic and shorten crossing distances in these areas.  

Over the next few weeks, we will continue construction of the Duwamish Longhouse crossing signal for people walking and biking. We will also continue with South Park, Highland Park, and Georgetown Home Zone projects, which includes planting over 100 trees in each neighborhood!  

Read our other quarterly Reconnect West Seattle Reports: 

Keep up to speed on Reconnect West Seattle projects in your neighborhood: