Attention Dexter bikers, SDOT says the bad stuff is starting next week. Crews will begin asphalt removal, and the road will go down to two general traffic lanes without bike lanes. You may want to leave a little earlier than usual so you can deal with heavier traffic or figure out a different route.
We have written about the problematic combination of Dexter and Mercer project construction for bike commuters this year. If I were traveling from the Fremont Bridge to downtown, here’s the route I would take (using the Westlake parking lot, but keeping a sharp eye out for cars backing out of parking spaces):
Note that the stoplight at Westlake and Highland Dr near McCormick and Schmicks changes really quickly if you hit the pedestrian signal button. When headed north, I would suggest riding on the sidewalk for a block in order to utilize this signal instead of trying to make a difficult left from 8th onto Westlake. If you have a different route, please share it below.
On Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12, SDOT’s contractor will grind and remove the existing asphalt pavement on Dexter Avenue North between Fremont Avenue N and McGraw Street.During this work, one travel lane in each direction will remain open on Dexter. There will be parking and loading restrictions near the work zone as well as periodic cross-street and driveway interruptions. Uniformed police officers will be on site to keep vehicles moving.
Once asphalt removal (grinding) is complete, the contractor will make any needed repairs to Dexter Avenue’s base pavement. Paving is scheduled to take place in late April. Shortly after paving, crews will install bus islands, a buffered bike lane and apply new traffic markings and street channelization.
Bicyclists who use Dexter Avenue North should consider utilizing the sidewalks on Dexter or alternate routes during construction. When on Dexter, use caution, reduce speeds and expect the following:
- Grooved pavement and loose asphalt
- Bicyclists merging with other traffic and sharing the lane with vehicles
- Raised utility casting and man holes in the street
- Increased construction truck traffic