Construction Update: First Ave South Paving Beginning

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After a three-day “rain delay,” the City of Burien has announced that the major re-paving of First Avenue South will begin tonight starting at 7pm.

The construction apparently will start at 148th SW and will move southward on First Ave South towards 160th; however, there are conflicting notes (read release below) that it will start at the south end, so we recommend just avoiding the entire area at all costs.

Here’s the release from the city:

The final paving phase has begun, starting with a pre-level of the roadway at the north end of the project.

There are areas where manhole and vault covers are above grade due to preparation for the final overlay – please use extreme caution and drive slowly.

Final paving will occur over the next two to three weeks, weather dependent, and will be done in segments and will occur at night between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Expect rolling closures of 1st Avenue South starting at the SOUTH end of the project moving north.

Paving will start on the east side of the roadway and move to the west side.

Use extreme caution as lane markings will follow after the pavement.

Please pay close attention to signage and detour directions during this time period.

If you have further questions, please contact Bruce McPherson, Resident Engineer, at 425/531‑0728 during business hours. 

Again, drive slowly and carefully during this phase of the project for your safety and that of the workers. Thank you.

Map of the mess (click on the placeholder icons for more info):

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