Forewarned is forearmed. There may be a little construction on the horizon. What’s that? A lot of construction and major projects are underway?
But there seems to be construction everywhere in the city of Seattle these days. Construction is not new. There have been major projects and changes in the past (e.g. rapid transit) so it’s not earth shattering news or anything, right?
Actually it may be another period of transformation getting under way in the city, judging by the number of cranes to be seen – cranes being a maxim of growth to financial analysts and writers. Drive along Boren Ave. for example, or most any street in the city and look around. There is a lot going on and these construction activities may last awhile.
So what is going on or forthcoming? Plenty, there’s the Mercer Corridor for one thing. The project has a number of phases and is projected to be ongoing through 2016 so far. Long a worry, the Mercer Corridor project has major changes but is finally underway with freeway closures previously and probably forthcoming. (See http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercer_west.htm for a look)
There is also the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall replacement (see http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Current_Work.htm for current work and links to driver information and timelines). This project is also projected to 2016 and is huge, involving West Seattle to Mercer and the waterfront, 26 city blocks.(http://waterfrontseattle.org/home/).
To the south is the Southcenter Access project which involves major reconstruction of Southcenter Parkway. For this project portions of Southcenter Parkway and Klickitat Drive have been closed as well as freeway off ramps to Southcenter. Construction has been projected through November of this year but may actually be ahead of schedule. (http://www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/southcenteraccessupdates.html).
All and all there is plenty of fodder for confusion with these construction activities. There are also questions. Will these projects stay on budget? Will Seattle remain accessible? Let’s take a deep breath, exercise patience and hope for the best.
Meanwhile it might be a good idea to regularly check road conditions, closures and driver alerts.