Burien Holding Open House For First Ave South Improvements May 17th


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The city of Burien is holding an Open House for First Ave South Phase 2 Improvements on Monday, May 17th from 4:30pm – 7pm at the multipurpose room of city hall.

Objective of the open house is for city staff and project designers to meet with all persons interested in the future improvements of First Ave South between S/SW 148th Street and S/SW 140th Street.

Currently, the City has identified traffic and pedestrian safety deficiencies in this corridor that require correction, including:

  • Inadequate pedestrian access
  • Insufficient street lighting
  • Inefficient surface water management features
  • Older traffic signalization equipment

According to the city, traffic incidents for 1st Avenue South are among the highest in Burien.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Open House Meeting for First Avenue South Phase 2 Improvements.

WHEN: Monday, May 17th; Drop in anytime between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Burien City Hall, Multipurpose Room (1st Floor), 400 SW 152nd Street, Burien, Washington.

INFO: Refreshments will be served.

From a press release:

City of Burien Open House Meeting for 1st Avenue South Phase 2 Improvements (S/SW 146th to S/SW 140th Street)

DATE: Monday, May 17, 2010
Burien City Hall, Multipurpose Room (1st Floor)
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien, Washington

Drop in anytime between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments

City staff and project designers would like to meet with all persons interested in the future improvements of 1st Avenue South between S/SW 148th Street and S/SW 140th Street. Currently, the City has identified traffic and pedestrian safety deficiencies in this corridor that require correction. Safety deficiencies include: inadequate pedestrian access, insufficient street lighting, inefficient surface water management features, and older traffic signalization equipment. Traffic incidents for 1st Avenue South are among the highest in Burien.

To resolve the described concerns, 1st Ave South within the stated corridor will be reconstructed to provide: a new hard surface, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, four travel lanes plus one continuous left-turn lane, and new stormwater management facilities. In addition, overhead utilities will be relocated to underground facilities and the streetscape will be improved with landscaping.

Phase 2 Improvements will provide a better identity to the downtown core area and should help revitalize our local economy. Please notify anyone you know who might be interested in this project. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend the meeting and would like more information on this project, please contact the Burien Public Works representative listed below.

Contact person:

Brian Victor, Capital Projects Engineer
City of Burien
Public Works Department
Phone: (206) 248-5533

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3 Responses to “Burien Holding Open House For First Ave South Improvements May 17th”
  1. Chris says:

    Now wait a second here. The FIRST project on 1st Ave isn’t even complete yet! I case some of you hadn’t noticed, there are still overhead powerlines that Seattle City Light hasn’t decommisioned yet, and there are still interesections with incomplete signal and light standards. Heck, take a look at one of the traffic light structures at Five Corners, and you’ll see that it hasn’t had a final adjustment on it, as there are older poles that are in the way. Further, you can see remnants of the project (I’m assuming final pieces of lighting and signal standards) that are just lying on the ground off of Ambaum Cut-off and SW 157th Street.

    Maybe you can get to the bottom of this B-Town Blog. I tried a few months back, submitting a letter to the COB Council. I received an email from a public works guy, who stated they were simply waiting on Seattle City Light. to finish their portion of the project. This was MONTHS ago!

    I’m waiting for a reply from a COB friend who is on the council, but perhaps the blog can get some details too.

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    • don nold says:

      Chris & Pauline~~ Please note that now on your City Light Bill there is a new charge labeled “1st. Ave.1 Underground” which is not the COB thats paying for this electrical work, its each and everyone of the citizens of Burien paying for this work.
      I would like to have anyone tell me what I will receive if any, benefit at all from the underground utilities being installed on first avenue south. When I am charged for something I have a reasonable expectation of getting something in return, well when I pay my light bill and see this charge of $5-$7 each month its like throwing my money out the window, there will be nothing of value for me and most others living in Burien, from this project. If there is something of value for me I would like to have you thell me just what it would be…

      I would like to know exactly what benefits were put forward to make the Burien city counsel push to have this job done. I also understand that the COB was to pay for this project directly to City Light and not by the citizens of Burien paying these costs with their city light bill. I believe that the tax money we pay to Burien should have been used for this project if it was such a priority. So why are we paying taxes to the COB?… I also believe it will be just like the red light camera project a big waste of money for most of the citizens of Burien.

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  2. Pauline says:

    I hear getting City Light to do ANYTHING is like pulling teeth! Why would they want to do something for Burien that is costing them money? Of course the City is waiting on City Light to move its bureaucratic butt and finish the work! It is, after all, mostly a SEATTLE utility and Burien is just a southend burg where the big city is concerned. I’m sure they’re telling Burien “yeah, yeah, we’ll do it when we can…”

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