Beginning this morning, April 28, the state transportation department will be demolishing two large buildings on state property near Qwest Field. The removal of the buildings will create space for a number of construction projects that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Crews will demolish, a 40,000-square-foot warehouse and a 10,000 -square-foot-office building located on the west side of First Avenue South between South Royal Brougham Way and South Dearborn Street. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. demolition work will occur on weekdays and will last through June.

Crews will be spending the rest of 2009 relocating utilities taken between South Holgate Street and South King Street, to prepare for construction of the viaduct’s south end replacement, which will begin in early 2010.

The South Holgate Street to South King Street project will connect the bored tunnel that will replace the central waterfront portion of the viaduct. The bored tunnel will include a new waterfront surface street, transit investments, and downtown waterfront and city street improvements. The central waterfront seawall will also be replaced.


Armed with whistles, snare drums and bullhorns, more than 40 protesters made some noise Tuesday, April 28, as they marched under the scaffolding of Capco Plaza just east of the Junction.

The protesters represent the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. They are protesting QFC's parent company, Kroger, of Cincinnati, for accepting a low-bid contract from Oregon-based K2MG, a metal stud and drywall company.

According to council spokesman, Eric Franklin, and representative at the protest, Miguel Perry, this out-of-state contractor has an unfair advantage because responsible local contractors have higher quality and workers' benefits standards which shouldn't hamper their ability to bid and perform the work.

"K2MG has lower safety standards, pays no benefits to its workers, and offers no apprentice program," said Franklin. "Without an apprenticeship program for workers, there is less oversight on quality work and safety. QFC says it prides itself on quality."

QFC contacted the West Seattle Herald with a statement.

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Miguel Perry, a representative of Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, addresses the public during a protest outside the site of Capco Plaza near the Junction April 28.

Lane closures start April 23

The Seattle Department of Transportation will begin preliminary work on the East Duwamish Waterway Bridge, setting up lane reductions starting the night of Thursday April 23. These partial lane closures are expected to take effect the morning of Friday, April 24 and remain in place throughout the project, until early 2010.

The bridge will remain open to traffic throughout the construction period, with two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane open during peak travel times. During non-peak nighttime hours or weekends, bridge may occasionally be further reduced to one lane in each direction.

The sidewalk on the south side (eastbound direction) of the bridge will be closed for the entire duration of this project and also during the
construction of the East Marginal Way Grade Separation funded and managed by the Port of Seattle.


The 136-unit Mural Apartments at 4727 42nd Ave. S.W. are due to be completed in mid-May, according to General Contractors Exxel Pacific.

The office for the new building will be opening next month but tours are available now by contacting the leasing agent through their Web site or by calling 206-462-3142.

As for reasons to choose Mural as a place to live, "The exceptional views and there are a lot of restaurants...and other amenities and the proximity to can get downtown very quickly," said Sean Stimac, project manager.

The building has a rooftop viewing deck, an outdoor community deck with barbecues, an entertainment lounge for small groups and gatherings, an on-site fitness center and the facility is pet friendly.

The Herald was given a sneak preview of one of the model studio units which was set up with stainless steel appliances, washer and dryer and was furnished plus had flat screen televisions. Territorial, water and downtown views are available from many of the units which have 12 unique floor plans.

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Sean Stimac, project manager for Exxel Pacific and the Mural Apartments shows the sliding glass doors to the bedroom of the model unit. The apartments are set to open in mid-May at 4727 42nd Ave. S.W.

Seattle Department of Transportation crews plan to shift traffic lanes, keeping one lane open in each direction in the 5400 block of Leary Way Northwest on Wednesday, April 22, and again on Friday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sidewalks will remain open.

Crews are repairing pavement that was previously excavated for work on underground utilities.


In mid-March an act of vandalism caused an estimated $150,000 in damages to Chief Sealth High School's permenant site, which is currently under construction.

Besides a garbage can which was set on fire in a classroom, police found graffiti, beer cans, broken wondows and damage to fences.

Police hope that by releasing the following photographs members of the public might be able to identify gang symbols and possibly aid the investigation.

If you have information please contact Detective Nick Bauer at or (206) 233-7830.

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Police hope that releasing this image will further their investigation. Click the image to see another photo of the damage at Chief Sealth, which occurred mid-March.

Restriping to follow

Jessica Murphy, a project manager for Seattle Department of Transportation, announced at the Morgan Junction Association meeting last night, April 15, that construction will begin mid-May for the repavement and restriping of Fauntleroy Way Southwest between Southwest Holly Street and Southwest Alaska Street.

The expected completion date is October 2009.

Murphy said that the failing asphalt and concrete panels will be completely dug out and that some drainage improvements will take place to better filter rainwater. Curb ramps are also being built now and should be completed before repaving begins.

But the greatest change that residents and drivers will notice is the restriping, or rechannelization of Fauntleroy Way. The roadway will be converted from two travel lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction, a center two-way left turn lane, a bicycle lane northbound and shared lane pavement markings, for motor vehicles and bicycles, traveling southbound. This is often called a "road diet."


The Ballard District Council approved the top five projects for the neighborhood that will compete for a share of the $1.3 million proved annually by the city under the Neighborhood Projects Fund at the April 8 meeting.

The first project is the development of sidewalk and pedestrian safety improvement on 28th Avenue Northwest from Market Street to Northwest 57th Street.

The second project is to improve the lighting at Salmon Bay Park.

The next prioritized project is the installation of a traffic circle at the intersection of Northwest 62nd Street and Ninth Avenue Northwest.

Next is to improve and repair the walkway on Northwest 100th Street from Eighth Avenue Northwest to 15th Avenue Northwest.

Lastly, the council prioritized the establishment of an eastbound right turn lane at 24th Avenue Northwest and Market Street.

The council named five back-up projects as well: new traffic circles at 67th Street and 18th Avenue and 26th Avenue and 63rd Street, landscaping of a traffic circle at 87th and 17th Avenue, a new walkway on 10th and 17th Avenue between 85th and 87th Street, and improved pedestrian crossing at 14th Avenue and 60 Street.

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Improvements to this walkway on 100th Street between 15th and Eighth Avenue is one of five projects prioritized by the Ballard District Council. Click image for photos of other projects.

Construction crews have been working on the interior of the old Bella's Boutique at 2318 N.W. Market St. in preparation for the expansion of neighboring La Isla.

La Isla is only going to take over half of Bella's, so crews are constructing a wall to divide the space.

Jason Mikos at La Isla said construction on the La Isla side of the space is about two months away.

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Construction crews work to divide the closed Bella's Boutique into two separate spaces April 1.

Earlier this week, the city launched a new Web site to keep the public informed about 2009 construction projects that "significantly impact streets and sidewalks," according to a news release.

The Construction Coordination Web site, launched by the Seattle Department of Transportation March 30, provides for the first time consolidated information about projects planned by city, regional and state transportation agencies, as well as large private developments in the Center City and special events citywide.

It is meant to help residents, businesses, and travelers know what is happening on the major streets in their neighborhoods and along their travel routes.

“The Construction Coordination Web site highlights improvement projects across the city and outlines their effects on nearby streets and sidewalks,” said transportation department director Grace Crunican. “Residents, commercial drivers, and visitors can learn about ongoing work via this site, and see the city’s aggressive efforts to synchronize construction and minimize disruptions.”

The Construction Coordination Web site features:

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