Expect Major Delays On First Ave South Starting Monday

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On Monday (Aug. 18th) final paving is scheduled to begin on First Ave South, starting at SW 148th and moving southward, so be prepared for LOTS of construction work, delays and frustrated driving for up to four weeks depending on the weather.

Once paving begins, expect “significant impact on traffic patterns” from 7pm-7am because portions of First Ave South will be completely closed as the contractors move North to South.

Complete closures of First Ave South are being considered in order to expedite this phase of construction.

Trans-Tech work installing traffic signals and loops has taken longer than originally expected due to unforeseen repairs to existing loops for traffic signaling, however, this work is expected to be complete in the next 2-3 weeks.

Concrete work to install curbs, gutters and sidewalks to SW 146th is 95% complete. The remainder of the concrete will be completed after the overhead lines & poles are removed.  Pedestrians should use extreme caution in this work area.

Seattle City Light will be on site in the coming weeks to pull wire & install equipment in the vaults between SW 160th & 154th.

Qwest will be onsite pulling & splicing wires, and their activity will continue for the next several months as well.

Theft of materials and illegal dumping in construction holding areas has been reported. These types of crimes only hinder the progress of this project. If you see any suspicious activity, please call 911.

It is important to remember that the contractor is required to maintain access to all businesses and inform businesses when their driveway will be closed or impacted by construction. If your driveway is blocked during business hours, please contact Discover Burien or Bruce McPherson at 206.439.2330 and we will contact the contractor.

If you sustain damage from rocks or material from trucks traveling on SR509, SR518 or roads other than 1st Avenue, please note the date, time, and license # of the truck and contact the trucking company. All liability rests on the trucking companies responsible for damage.

Questions? Please call Discover Burien: 206.433.2882

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