Construction

The Seattle Department of Transportation plans to begin construction of 30th Avenue Southwest sidewalk improvements on Monday, April 6.

The sidewalk will be constructed on the eastern side of 30th Avenue from Southwest Brandon Street to the existing sidewalk at the top of the hill (just north of Southwest Juneau Street and High Point).  Some preparation work such as surveying will start later this week.

The construction is expected to take five to six weeks, depending on the weather.  For the duration of construction, 30th Avenue Southwest between Southwest Findlay and Brandon Streets will be closed to through traffic.  

A detour route will be signed for through traffic to use 29th Avenue Southwest.

Parking will be restricted in the area under construction. Access to driveways will be maintained.

Work hours will typically be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Upcoming Construction Project
Seattle City Light will be moving the utility poles closer to the new curb on 30th Avenue Southwest between Southwest Findlay and Brandon Streets.  

03/31/2009
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The revitalization of White Center received an economic boost today with action March 30 by the Metropolitan King County Council to accept a $6.25 million federal loan for construction of a retail plaza.

“This is a great opportunity to finance an economic development project that directly benefits the surrounding mixed-income community, creating local jobs for local residents,” said Council Chair Dow Constantine, who represents White Center on the County Council.

The legislation approved by the council authorizes the King County Executive to borrow $6.25 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and re-lend those funds to the White Center Investment Fund, LLC. The legislation also pledges the county’s Community Development Block Grants funds as additional security for the loans.

“The next step in the transformation of the Park Lake neighborhood into Greenbridge is construction of the plaza that will be financed by this loan,” said Council member Larry Gossett, chair of the council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. “This complex will spur economic growth in both Greenbridge and the communities within southwest King County.”

03/30/2009

Dear Editor,

I read your article, ("Two lawsuits stall Fauntleroy Place project," March 20, 2009) and I am disappointed that this project is making no progress, tied up in litigation. There is the ugliness, and unsafe conditions, but I would like to add the impact on neighbors due to this project.

The church and bowling alley adjacent to this project have many patrons. The result is a parking issue that has become a huge inconvenience for many. Before the project, the previous open parking lot was used by many for the spillover from parking right in front. Now that the lot is gone, particularly patrons of the bowling alley, fill the area up and down the adjacent streets most every evening of the week. When the church has activities, they too find it hard to find parking.

Those of us who live within a block of the bowling alley are displaced if we get home after about 6:30 p.m. If we leave to run an errand in the evening, we can forget finding a parking spot within a block of our homes.

03/30/2009

The volunteer organization Habitat for Humanity is currently building eight new housing units in High Point. Twenty-six volunteers, if you include Mayor Greg Nickels, were on site.

"We're in tough times right now, and I think there is a real basic urge to try to reach out and help each other," said the mayor, sporting a hard hat and grasping a crowbar. "I ask that people go to my Web site and see 'Call for volunteers.' That may be picking up a hammer, working with senior citizens or at a food bank. Get connected to get through these tough times. I was at Family Services of King County's Baby Boutique, sorting baby clothes, which has been a long time for me."

"The eight units, on what we now call 'Block 26,' will be two single family houses, one at each end, and three duplexes in the middle," said Ben Hines, construction manager for Seattle Habitat for Humanity. "The mayor is here to highlight the importance of volunteering in our society. In this day and age we are seeing an increase in numbers of volunteers, and they're working longer hours. I think it is extremely important that people are able to donate a piece of their lives to help others."

03/18/2009
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HABITAT HELP. Mayor Greg Nickels gave a hand preparing the foundation for eight new housing units in the High Point neighborhood. The units are being built by Habitat for Humanity.

The detour provided while the city does work on 14th Avenue South has been shortened and now uses Seventh Avenue South and Eight Avenue South between South Cloverdale and South 96th streets in South Park.

The city department of transportation is paving the southbound lanes of 14th Avenue South. During this work, the southbound lanes of 14th Avenue South, between South Cloverdale and South Director streets, are closed to traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

One lane on 14th Avenue South remains open for northbound traffic.

The work is expected to be completed within two weeks, depending on the weather.

03/13/2009

The Seattle Department of Transportation is starting sidewalk construction during the next few days on an Alki Avenue sidewalk as requested by the Alki Community Council.

The community group requested the city fill in a gaps in the sidewalks along the water side of Alki Avenue Southwest, just west of Alki Beach to Beach Drive Southwest.

The new sidewalk will provide a safe, accessible pedestrian walkway while minimizing impacts to parking and adjacent properties, according to the city.

City crews are scheduled to begin the work Monday, March 16 and are expected to complete it before the end of May, weather permitting.

Other locations to have sidewalk work done around the same time are in Belltown and First Hill

The projects were requested by neighborhood organizations through the Neighborhood Street Fund large projects program, and funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative, approved by Seattle voters.

03/12/2009
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The city is starting work March 16 to fill in gaps of the sidewalk along the water side of Alki Avenue Southwest, just west of Alki Beach to Beach Drive Southwest.

To completely rebuild a section of 1st Avenue South, a travel lane will remain open in each direction between South Stacy and Hanford Streets, with two lanes allowed in the northbound direction Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking may be inaccessible on either side of the street as crews install a new water main in the center of the roadway. Traffic and parking restrictions between South Stacy Street and Horton Street will continue from now until completion, scheduled for September 2009.

To accommodate the South Seattle Intermodal Access Project, the northbound lane of Occidental Avenue South will be closed at Edgar Martinez Way 24 hours a day for paving and sidewalk construction until March 13.

The left westbound lane and eastbound left turn lane of South Atlantic Street will be closed west of First Avenue South 24 hours a day for paving. Left turns from eastbound Atlantic Street onto northbound First Avenue South will not be permitted. A detour will be provided. These restrictions will also be in place until March 13.

03/09/2009
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