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At the City of Seattle, we are continuing to follow guidance from federal, state, and local leaders and our public health partners regarding COVID-19.  State officials have determined that work on public works projects can continue during the Governor’s stay-at-home order provided that appropriate safety measures are in place. 

The Seattle Department of Transportation is continuing with essential transportation (public works) projects to the greatest extent practicable during these times. The health and safety of our workers and the public is our first priority. 

Our contractors have updated their Health and Safety Plans to incorporate best management practices with respect to COVID-19 throughout our construction work sites. If a situation arises where a contractor is unable to maintain these practices on a work site, or the Governor orders that work on public works projects must stop, the contractor shall temporarily suspend work until the work can be performed safely and legally.  

We will notify you if there are any changes to the project schedule or planned work. You can learn more about COVID-19 at www.kingcounty.gov/covid. Thank you.

Project Highlights:
  • We extend our apologies to the 12 owners whose cars were towed yesterday, Tuesday, April 7, from SW Avalon Way. We are working to remedy the situation. If you were impacted, please reach out to the project team at avalonpaving@seattle.gov or 206-900-8734. More information is below.
  • We will not be working this Thursday, April 9 or Friday, April 10 as directed by Mayor Durkan. We will be using this time to will allow contractors and staff to implement rigorous social distancing requirements and update health and safety plans. 
  • On Monday, we will continue to install final striping on 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way as well as look to schedule another paving date soon. We anticipate also installing flex posts for the protected bike lanes at this time. Please follow posted no-parking signs on SW Avalon Way starting first thing on Monday morning at 12:00 AM. We highly recommend moving your car to a new location on Sunday evening. 
Important!
No Parking on SW Avalon Way starting Monday at 12:00 AM.
We anticipate completing final striping next week on SW Avalon Way, weather depending. We need all cars to be off of the corridor next week and recommend you move your cars Sunday night. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 206-900-8734 or email avalonpaving@seattle.gov.

Please continue reading for more information.
Project Updates:
 
Towing on SW Avalon Way
Yesterday our contractor had 12 vehicles towed of 98 total parking spots from SW Avalon Way between SW Spokane St and 35th Ave SW. While our contractor followed our normal notification procedures of sending construction notices to property managers, residents, neighbors, and businesses about this work, and placing no-parking signs 72 hours in advance, we have since heard from several residents that they did not see the signs because they were following the COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.  

Typically, contractors will notify our project teams prior to towing cars. That did not happen in this case and prevented us from having the opportunity to notify residents once more, given the challenges we’re all facing in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis and "Stay Home, Stay Healthy” best practices. 

If you were one of the car owners who experienced this, we are truly sorry for this inconvenience. We have confirmed, however, that 3 of the 12 cars will be returned to the corridor as soon as possible at no cost to the owners. The remaining 9 cars have already been picked up by their respective owners. You will be reimbursed for charges related to towing by filing a claim.  

Crews are continuing to work on this project today and will pause work on Thursday in order to implement new Health and Safety Plans for this job site. The contractor plans to resume work on Monday.  Please remember to move your car to a side street this weekend as no-parking signs will be enforced on Avalon Way starting first thing on Monday morning at 12 AM on April 13 through Friday evening, April 17 next week.  

For all questions, please call 206-900-8734 or email Avalonpaving@Seattle.gov. We encourage people to review our curbside management website highlighting all COVID-19 related parking changes.   
 
Paving Update – rescheduled
We anticipate completing final paving of SW Avalon Way between 35th Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW next week and will update you when the date is rescheduled. This work is highly weather dependent. When we pave, SW Avalon Way from 35th Ave SW to Fauntleroy Way SW will be closed to traffic from 7 PM to 7 AM. Work is weather dependent and subject to change.

During nighttime paving, please expect: 
  • Overnight paving beginning at 7 PM:
    • Paving will take place at night. We will send updates to confirm when this work is taking place.
  • Nighttime work hours from 7 PM – 7 AM. Crews have a temporary noise variance to do this work.
  • Paving work to cause vibrations and the smell of tar.
  • Paving to take approximately one overnight shift to complete.
  • Driveway access on SW Avalon Way between 35th Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW to be closed for 1 night, while we repave the road. Emergency access will always be maintained.
  • Fresh pavement is hot, oily, and extremely sticky. Please keep off new pavement if you are walking, especially with dogs, as the oil and pavement can harm their feet and be difficult to remove from fur.
  • We will open driveways as they are safe for people walking and driving 
As a reminder, for the safety of our crews and your fellow residents, please follow posted detour routes and do not disturb traffic control. We anticipate laying down final striping in April, weather depending.

Final Striping Channelization Changes:
As we are placing final striping along 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way, we wanted to remind you of some changes you’ll see along the corridor:
  • 30th Ave SW will be permanently closed to SW Avalon Way to reduce cut-thru traffic
  • The right-turn slip lane from SW Avalon Way to Fauntleroy Ave SW will be permanently closed. This lane closure is a part of the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project designed to increase safety for people walking and biking.
  • We are making channelization changes to the northbound bus stop at SW Avalon Way and SW Genesee St to increase safety for people biking. This decision was made based on community feedback and review of the intersection with King County Metro. The new change installs a raised bike lane along the curb on northbound SW Avalon Way to reduce bike/bus transition points.
As we work on SW Alaska St, please follow King County Metro’s Rider Alerts to stay up to date on bus stop changes.
 
For more information on the West Seattle Bridge Closure, visit the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge Safety Project

Please do not disturb traffic control. When you disrupt cones and signage, it endangers other drivers, travelers, and our crews. You can be held accountable if an accident occurs. 

What to expect in active work zones: 

  • Lots of construction activity including jackhammering, large trucks, machines, noise, dust, asphalt odors, and vibrations   
  • Traffic delays as construction vehicles enter or exit the work zone. For the safety of our crews, please drive carefully and watch your speed through the construction zone. 
  • Advanced notice for temporary closures of driveways
  • Uniformed police officers or flaggers will typically be onsite   
  • Typical work hours from 7 AM – 7 PM 
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk detours. Please follow posted detours for people walking when you see them.   

Keeping in touch 

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the project outreach team should you have any questions or concerns – you can reach us  at  avalonpaving@seattle.gov or call 206-900-8734. 
 
Contact 
SW Seattle Paving: 35th/ Avalon Outreach Team  
Seattle Department of Transportation  
AvalonPaving@seattle.gov | 206-900-8734  
www.seattle.gov/transportation/avalonpaving.htm

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