The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) sent us an announcement about turning restrictions on Columbian Way to improve safety during the Columbian Way Paving Project. On the section of Columbian Way which stretches from 15th Avenue South to Beacon Avenue South, left turns are being restricted. Drivers traveling eastbound on Columbian Way are currently not able to make a left turn between 16th Avenue South and the V.A. Hospital, although left turns onto 16th Avenue South will be permitted. This means no left turns from eastbound Columbian Way into or out of Mercer Middle School until the end of the project, expected to be the first week of October, weather permitting.
A contractor working for SDOT is rebuilding major portions of South Columbian Way between Beacon Avenue South and 15th Avenue South during the next two weeks, weather permitting. One lane will remain open in each direction; however, flaggers may hold up traffic periodically for trucks entering and leaving the work zone. The traffic will be shifted from one side of the road to another several times during the next two weeks as the road is rebuilt and paved in sections.
View Columbian Way Paving Project Turn Restrictions in a larger map. The restricted area is marked here in orange.