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New pavement, detours on S. Graham St. this week

August 27th, 2013 at 6:45 pm | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Neighbors around South Graham Street will have new pavement this week, but first, they’ll have to deal with a few traffic complications. The Seattle Department of Transportation plans to grind and pave South Graham Street between Swift Avenue South and 23rd Avenue South this Thursday and Friday, August 29 and 30, weather permitting.

During the work, the street will be closed to eastbound traffic, and drivers will be directed to continue south on Swift to Beacon Avenue South. Work hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pedestrian traffic will not be affected, and police officers will be on hand to keep vehicle traffic moving.


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S. McClellan to close for weekend repaving project

June 5th, 2013 at 4:28 am | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

This Saturday, June 8, westbound South McClellan Street will be closed between 23rd Avenue South and 20th Avenue South for repaving by the Seattle Department of Transportation. The street will close at 7 a.m. to repave concrete panels in the 2100 block.

The street will remain closed until about 2 p.m. on Sunday, to give the concrete time to cure. A detour route will be provided for westbound travelers: south on 23rd, west on South Spokane Street, then north on Beacon Avenue South to McClellan and Beacon.


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Plan ahead: 12th Ave S closure and detour May 18-20

May 10th, 2013 at 5:26 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Seattle Department of Transportation wants you to know that streetcar construction will force some lane closures on 12th Avenue South from May 18 through 20. This will affect vehicles traveling from the International District to North Beacon Hill. Here’s the announcement:

Next weekend (May 18 to 20) the southbound lane of 12th Avenue South will be closed at South Jackson Street in the Little Saigon neighborhood for First Hill Streetcar track construction.

SDOT’s contractor will close the street from 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 until Monday morning. Southbound vehicles will be able to turn east or west onto South Jackson Street. For vehicles traveling to Beacon Hill, the detour will be eastbound on S Jackson Street to southbound Rainier Avenue South, and then westbound on South College Street.

The detour will be signed to assist drivers traveling through this intersection. Local access, pedestrian access, and access to businesses will be maintained.

Uniformed police officers will be on-site to keep traffic moving at the South Jackson Street and 12th Avenue South intersection.

For further information, visit the project Website at www.seattlestreetcar.org.


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12th and Jackson intersection to close for construction

February 1st, 2013 at 2:49 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

You will need to detour around the the intersection of 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street just north of Beacon Hill this weekend as construction for the First Hill Streetcar continues. The intersection at the heart of Little Saigon will be closed Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Police and flaggers will be there to direct traffic and ensure that businesses and residences are accessible.

The planned detours:

  • Eastbound traffic – south on Fourth Avenue S, east on Seattle Blvd S, east on S Dearborn St
  • Westbound traffic – northwest on Boren Ave S, west on Yesler Way
  • Northbound traffic – east on S College St, north on Rainier Ave S, northwest on Boren Ave S
  • Southbound traffic – west on Yesler Way, south on Second Ave S Extension

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Columbian Way ramps to West Seattle and southbound I-5 closed this weekend

January 17th, 2013 at 10:46 pm | No Comments | Posted by admin

by Broch Bender, WSDOT

If you’re traveling from Beacon Hill to West Seattle or southbound I-5 this weekend, plan ahead. The S. Columbian Way shortcuts to the west and south will be off-limits to traffic around-the-clock for WSDOT bridge expansion joint replacement work. (Keep in mind, the detour may add five or ten minutes to your Costco run or West Seattle Junction jaunt.)

Here’s what’s closed: 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 through 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21

  • S. Columbian Way to southbound I-5
  • S. Columbian Way to West Seattle Bridge
  • S. Columbian Way to 6th Ave. S. (AKA: Route to Costco)

The signed detour will direct Beacon Hill drivers south on 15th Ave. S. to a turn-around point on Corson Ave. S. From there motorists can access southbound I-5, or follow signs to West Seattle and 6th Ave. S. using northbound I-5.

Residents living near I-5 may hear loud construction work, especially at night. Crews will shroud the work zone with noise-deadening shields, but if it’s too noisy, residents can pick up a free pair of earplugs at the Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S.) or call the project’s 24-hour construction noise hotline at (206) 440-4DOT (4368).


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Columbian Way/West Seattle interchange repair work continues this weekend

January 10th, 2013 at 7:50 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The ramps from South Columbian Way to the West Seattle Bridge and Sixth Avenue South will be closed all weekend (January 11-14) for the continuing bridge expansion joint replacement project. The closures will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday night, and end at 5 a.m. Monday morning. A detour will be provided for drivers needing to access the West Seattle Bridge or Sixth Avenue South via I-5.

This nighttime work is noisy, and nearby North Beacon neighbors may hear it. If the noise is bothersome, you can call 206-440-4DOT (4368) to receive a free pair of earplugs or pick up a pair in person at Jefferson Community Center.

The project will continue through April. Find out more about the project and download a detour map at the project website.


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WSDOT warns neighborhood: construction to be noisy

December 28th, 2012 at 7:14 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Enjoy holiday peace and quiet while you can. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), neighbors living near I-5 need to prepare for noisy construction work over 11 weekends starting on January 4, 2013 and ending in April. This is to replace 31 steel expansion joints in ramps on northbound I-5 near Georgetown, and between I-5 and the West Seattle Bridge, 6th Avenue South, South Spokane Street, and Columbian Way South.

WSDOT warns that nearby neighbors may hear jackhammers, sawcutters, air-powered tools, and other noise. Work crews will use noise shields when feasible. If you want to ensure your sound sleep, free earplugs are available to nearby residents; call 206-440-4699 for more information.

Along with the noise, there will be complete closures of the affected ramps during work weekends, and occasionally during the week. Detours will be provided.

See more about the project here.


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Airport Way South Viaduct Construction to Begin November 28

November 17th, 2011 at 5:07 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Airport Way South Viaduct in neighboring Georgetown, just north of South Lucile Street, will be closed to all traffic beginning on November 28 for up to 14 months while the bridge is rehabilitated by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured to Fourth Avenue South via South Lucile and South Industrial Way, and bicycles will be detoured all the way west to First Avenue South via South Lander Street. (Which seems like a heck of a long detour.) Denver Avenue South and South Dawson Street between Lucile and Fourth will be used as a northbound truck detour route. See a map of the detour routes here.

Crews will work from 6 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays, as well as on some nights and weekends. Expect traffic delays in the area.

The rehabilitation project includes seismic retrofitting of the 83-year-old bridge just west of Beacon Hill and I-5. The viaduct bears 13,000 vehicles daily.

The project website is here.


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Big trucks busy on Beacon Hill

September 24th, 2011 at 8:01 am | 5 Comments | Posted by Melissa Jonas

A sturdy tent is being constructed for fire trucks to park in during the seismic upgrades at Station 13. Photo by Melissa Jonas.

There’s lots of construction happening on the hill right now. Work on Beacon Mountain has begun in Jefferson Park. Fire Station 13 is getting a fancy temporary parking structure for the fire trucks in preparation for construction work to make the building more stable during an earthquake. The temporary public pay lot at El Centro is being graded and drainage installed; the goal is for the lot to be completed within a month.

Each project is noteworthy in its own way, but all Beacon Hill toddlers and preschoolers need to know is: BIG TRUCKS! Lots of big trucks! Please allow extra time on your next outing to appreciate them.

Construction of the Beacon Mountain Playground is underway. Photo by Melissa Jonas.


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Rizal Bridge lane to be closed for maintenance

July 8th, 2011 at 8:01 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Photo of the Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge by Seattle Daily Photo in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close the northbound, right lane of the Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge from July 11 to July 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The closure will allow crews to perform maintenance work underneath the bridge deck. Be aware that there may be some congestion in the area.


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