This update was just released from the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Update, Oct. 16:

The paving portion of the Beach Drive Southwest project is now scheduled for Sunday, Oct.18, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. to early afternoon. Sidewalks will remain open.

Previous announcement:

Seattle Department of Transportation paving crews will pave a block on Beach Drive Southwest from Southwest Oregon Street to Southwest Snoqualmie Street starting Wednesday, Oct. 14 and possibly continuing through Tuesday, Oct. 20, according to the city.

First the crews will grind off the old surface and then they will lay new asphalt. When they are grinding, (Wednesday and possibly Friday) one lane will remain open in each direction, with bicycles sharing the same lane as motor vehicles, and the crews working from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When crews are paving (possibly Friday, and could extend into Monday and Tuesday of the following week), all traffic will share one lane, assisted by a traffic flagger, and the crews may work as late as 6 p.m. Sidewalks will remain open.

The paving is needed to restore the street surface.

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Conor Byrne will be closed for four days this week as it undergoes a drastic change of face.

"It's going to look a lot better from the street," owner Diarmuid Cullen said. "It's kind of a dark, gloomy sort of bar, We're trying to get away from that."

The popular pub at 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W. will be closed Oct. 18 through Oct. 21 while its mostly wood facade is replaced with double doors and large bay windows on either side.

Cullen said the change will bring more natural light into the bar and make it a little more airy.

Conor Byrne will reopen Oct. 22, but Cullen said the facade probably will not be completely finished for two weeks.

The facade will be a return to what the bar looked like in the past, before it became Conor Byrne, Cullen said.

This is the second part of the bar's renovation. In early July, a large cooler was moved from the front of the pub to the back. A new bar was built around the cooler, and the front is now used for seating.

The new facade is the last major part of the renovation, though Cullen said they will bel looking to replace Conor Byrne's flooring at some point.

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Starting this Sunday, the facade of Conor Byrne will be torn down and replaced with double doors and two large windows to create a more open feeling in the pub.

The reconstruction of 16th Avenue Southwest between Southwest Findlay and Southwest Brandon streets is now substantially complete.

Crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation rebuilt and slightly widened the road; made drainage improvements including a new storm drain and street drain inlets; repaved the walkway on the west side of the street; and rebuilt the concrete driveways.

They plan to finish striping along the roadway by mid month, according to the transportation department.

Repairing the 5400 block of 16th Avenue Southwest, at north end of South Seattle Community College, took about eight weeks and wrapped up on-schedule and on-budget. This project is part of the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.


This week, Seattle Department of Transportation paving crews plan to start repairing part of a sidewalk on the western side of California Avenue Southwest between Southwest Hanford and Southwest Hinds streets that has been damaged by tree roots.

They plan to begin work on Thursday, Oct. 8 and expect to complete the work in approximately one week.

The parking lane in the construction area will be closed while they are working, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and will be used for a pedestrian walkway at other times.


Seattle Department of Transportation roadway structures crews plan to make repairs to the following structures this week:

Alaskan Way Viaduct—Crews will close the northbound, left lane of the Alaskan Way Viaduct from College to Massachusetts streets, Monday to Friday, Oct. 5 to 9.
Crews will repair a rail that was damaged by an accident, working from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fauntleroy Expressway—Crews plan to work on the expressway from Wednesday to Friday, Oct. 7 to 9, and Monday to Wednesday, Oct. 12 to 14, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Crews will make deck repairs, closing one lane at a time. (This work will be rescheduled of the weather is not favorable.)


Approximately one month ahead of schedule, the Seattle Department of Transportation has completed repaving Fauntleroy Way Southwest between Southwest Alaska and Southwest Holly streets, according to a release from the city.

Now open fully to traffic, the work features new concrete panels and asphalt overlay, curb ramps to enhance accessibility, drainage improvements, new marked crosswalks, and new bike lanes and sharrows. The city's contractor, Gary Merlino Construction Company, reconstructed large sections of roadway that had not seen major repair work since 1984.

“Even as our 2009 paving budget was cut by $1.5 million, the city of Seattle remained committed to repaving Fauntleroy this year,” said Seattle Department of Transportation Director Grace Crunican. “I’m pleased (the department) will complete the entire project in 2009, creating a roadway that motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists can enjoy.”

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The Seattle Department of Transportation has completed the paving project on Fauntleroy Way Southwest with this new road configuration, which the city says is safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Juneau Market on California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Juneau Street is getting a makeover due to damage caused by the Sept. 5 fire in an apartment above the shop.

ServiceMaster of Seattle, a disaster restoration business, is emptying equipment, including refrigerators and shelving, and removing walls and the ceiling from Juneau Market before reconstruction.

According to the owner of the market, it may reopen in two to three months, but that is a tentative timeline.

The adjacent Ho-Win Restaurant to the south of the market was spared a lot of the damage and opened three days after the fire. Their entry is receiving minor repairs.

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ServiceMaster of Seattle is emptying equipment and removing walls and ceiling from Juneau Market on California Avenue and Juneau Street before reconstruction. The market has been closed since a Sept. 5 fire.

Representatives of Swedish Medical Center and the city of Seattle broke ground on Swedish's new medical office building Sept. 16.

The five-story building will be 90,000 square feet of physician offices, an emergency department, an expanding imaging center and primary care clinics.

During the groundbreaking, Jennifer Graves, nurse executive at Swedish, congratulated those behind the project on their vision for Swedish.

"Ballard was a diamond in the rough," she said. "It only needed to be pulled out of the ground and polished a little bit."

Dr. Rod Hochman, Swedish's chief executive officer, said healthcare should be a commitment to the community. The construction of the new medical office building is only the start of building an exciting and dynamic campus to serve the Ballard community, he said.

"In my two-and-a-half years at Swedish, I have to say, this is one of my favorite days," Hochman said.

City council member Sally Clark told those gathered for the event that many people around the city are excited to see the Swedish groundbreaking and the jobs it will create because there have been few large projects started this year.

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Representatives of Swedish Medical Center and the city of Seattle ceremoniously break ground on the new medical offices building. CLICK IMAGE FOR A RENDERING OF THE COMPLETED PROJECT.

Seattle Public Schools has released its latest update on the construction progress of the new co-located Denny Middle School and Chief Sealth High School campus.

"Last month, August, the contractor completed the sub-grade work for the new Denny International Middle School. The contractor also completed the initial work inside the existing Chief Sealth High School as well as the retaining wall along the east side of the property.

The contractor completed a deep sewer tie-in into a manhole in Southwest Kenyon Street. This month, September, work will continue on the foundation for the new Denny International Middle School.

The site asphalt paving at the south end of the project, the parking lots and new drives, will begin and work will continue on the short aggregate pier work and deep sewer line. The contractor will also continue work on the installation of the sewer line and water on north end of the project.

Structural steel for the Galleria started arriving and deliveries for the new Denny International Middle School will continue into October.


Construction is moving forward on the new Denny/Sealth campus. Here is a rendering of what a new commons will look like.

Work on Greenwood Avenue North is past the halfway mark. The Seattle Department of Transportation has nearly completed paving the western side of Greenwood Avenue from North 105th Street to North 112th Street. Next wek they will begin work on the eastern side.

One lane of traffic in each direction will be open during general work hours-from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. During non-working hours, two lanes will usually be open in one direction and one lane in the other. There may be times in the evenings, however, when traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction.

There will be no on-street parking in the work zones, and access to driveways may be temporarily restricted. Emergency access will be maintained.

Construction crews are demolishing the existing pavement on Greenwood and then pouring new concrete pavement.

Greenwood Avenue North will have new pavement, sidewalks, street trees and lighting. The project is meant to help keep people, goods and services moving and will enhance pedestrian safety.

For more information please visit the project Web site.

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