Phase 2 of First Ave South Improvement Project to continue this week


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The City of Burien announced on its website that construction will continue this week on Phase 2 of the First Ave South Improvement Project, focusing on the installation of Seattle City Light’s duct banks and conduits along the southbound and center lanes between SW 146th to SW 140th Streets.

Work will continue through Friday, March 9, and will focus on preparing the underground electrical system, which will be installed later this summer.

The city adds:

  • Contractor DPK will be working at SW 143rd all week, continuing northerly to SW 140th.
  • The intersection at Fred Meyer will be affected for the next few weeks. The traffic signals during this time will be changed from signal priority to pre-timed settings. This may cause longer than normal wait times through the intersection.

Here’s more from the city:

1st Avenue South Improvement Project Phase II (SW 146th to SW 140th Street)
Construction is now focusing on the installation of Seattle City Light’s duct banks and conduits along 1st Avenue South.  These facilities will house the underground electrical system to be installed later this summer.

This construction affects the southbound and center lanes between SW 146th to SW 140th Street.  DPK, contractor, will be working at SW 143rd the week of March 5 – 9 and continuing northernly to SW 140th. The intersection at Fred Meyer will be affected for the next weeks.  The traffic signals during this time will be changed from signal priority to pre-timed settings.  This may cause longer than normal wait times through the intersection.

Construction times are between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Travel lanes will be restricted with intermittent closures where heavy equipment is in operation. Left turns are limited and may require detouring to the next signalized intersection or as directed by construction signage.  Businesses especially on the west side of 1st Avenue South should expect limited access at times with intermittent driveway closures.Steel Plates  DPK will ensure that business access is maintained and will provide “Business Open” signs where applicable.

Steel plates are being used.  Please drive slower on these plates.  Caution signs will be in place to inform drivers especially motorcyclists.

All lanes will be open to traffic during peak periods (early morning and late afternoon).  Please heed all construction safety signs.

PLEASE NOTE: Speeding through the construction work zone is a punishable offense and subject to significant fines.  So please drive safely, respectfully, and responsibly.

For more project information, see the Project Website.

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One Response to “Phase 2 of First Ave South Improvement Project to continue this week”
  1. don nold says:

    I just received my power bill from city ligfht and what did I find but a new charge labeled: 1st. Ave. South 1 Underground.
    Not knowing what this was for I called city light to fine out what this charge was. The person at city light had no idea what I was asking about but said she would find out and call me back

    What I was told was that the burien city counsel had requested that the power lines along first avenue south be buried and that the City of Burien would pay to have this done. What actually happened was the Burien City Counsel decided that they wouldn’t need to pay for this project, but have City Light just add a charge to all of our power bills instead and now they wouldn’t have to pay….

    I’m sure that there wasn’t many if any people requesting that burying the power lines along first avenue should be a priority. I can’t even see that there will be any benefit to the majority of the citizens of Burien. The only benefit will be to the businees fronting on first avenue south. I would like to find out who the people that actually requested this project be done and WHY? This project doesn’t even cover all of Buriens part of first avenue south.

    I also wonder is who had this hair brain idea, was it the same idiots who figured that red light cameras would be a money maker for Burien. We all know how that idea went.

    UNHAPPY Burien citrizen who doesn’t expect to see any benefit from this project let alone wanting to pay for it…

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