The city is ready to start construction on a much-needed trail connection improvement between the Delridge neighborhood and the trail hub under the West Seattle Bridge.
Today, people biking or walking from the bridge to Delridge are spit out onto a skinny sidewalk on the east side of Delridge Way SW that is not wide enough for comfortable two-way travel and is directly adjacent to fast-moving traffic entering the freeway. As you move south and cross 23rd Ave SW, the sidewalk gets even skinnier.
More details from SDOT:
Beginning next week, SDOT will begin construction of pedestrian and bike improvements near the intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Andover Street. This project will help improve safety and access for all roadway users in the neighborhood.
Project elements include:
Sidewalk widening and extension along the east side of Delridge Way SW
Curb ramp installations at Delridge Way SW and SW Andover St
A redesign of 23rd Ave SW where it meets Delridge Way SW to reduce the pedestrian crossing distance and provide an uninterrupted sidewalk
2/16-3/6 – Construction will begin at the intersection of SW Andover Street and Delridge Way SW where SDOT will remove the existing asphalt surface and install new storm drainage and curb ramps.
Construction impacts: Pedestrians and bikes should expect detours, construction activity and transit stop relocations. Leading up to construction, you will see increased activity in the area such as the mobilization of construction equipment and placement of temporary “No Parking” signs.
3/9-3/27 – Work begins north of SW Andover Street on Delridge Way SW to widen and extend the sidewalk, rebuild the 23rd Avenue SW/Delridge Way SW intersection, and install storm drainage. The existing path along Delridge Way SW, from SW Andover Street to 23rd Avenue SW will occasionally be closed.
Construction impacts: Pedestrians and bikes will be detoured around construction activity via 23rd Avenue SW or may use an alternate route.
Note: Construction barriers have already been installed near the project site to aid in the safe installation of new Seattle City Light poles.
More information on the project background, funding and schedule can be found on the project webpage at www.seattle.gov/transportation/DelridgeImprovements.htm. Construction information will be posted there as it becomes available.