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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:
  • Week of April 6, final grinding and paving night work on SW Avalon Way from Fauntleroy Way SW to 35th Ave SW. Work will begin at 7PM, driveways will be temporarily impacted overnight.
  • As early as the week of April 6, installing final striping on 35th Ave SW, SW Alaska St, and SW Avalon Way. No parking signs will be placed along the corridor 3 days in advance to assist with striping.  
Please note, we are not able to complete paving or striping during wet weather. 

Please continue reading for more information.

Construction update
SW Snoqualmie St is now open. We anticipate completing grinding and final paving of SW Avalon Way between 35th Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW next week. When we grind and 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 grinding and paving next week, starting April 6, please expect: 
  • Overnight grinding on Monday night, April 6 beginning at 7 PM:
    • We will grind the road down to prepare the road for an even repaving. Driveways will be temporarily impacted as equipment moves along the pavement
  • Overnight paving on Wednesday, April 8 or Friday, April 10 beginning at 7 PM:
    • Paving will take place after grinding and 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.
  • Grinding and paving work to cause vibrations and the smell of tar.
  • Grinding and paving to take approximately one overnight shift each to complete.
  • Driveway access on SW Avalon Way between 35th Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW to be closed for 2 nights, while we grind and repave the road. We will let property owners know which night to expect this work, when confirmed, and 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.

We are planning to paint final stripes on 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way as soon as the week of April 6. We anticipate installing flex posts for the protected bike lanes at this time. You will see no parking signs go up on the road 3 days before work is planned to begin. This work will take 2 weeks to complete and is highly weather dependent.

What to expect this next week:
  • 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St:  Next week we will be wrapping up work along sidewalk and will be working on ADA curb ramps at the east side of 35th Ave SW at SW Alaska St.
  • SW Avalon Way from 35th Ave SW to Fauntleroy Way SW: Next week we anticipate grinding and paving SW Avalon Way between 35th Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW. please see above for more information.
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
Completing concrete paving on SW Alaska St

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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