Portion of the ‘Downtown Burien’ archway sign, back when it was still standing.[/caption]Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer A crane truck knocked down the ‘Downtown Burien’ archway sign in the 130 block of SW 152nd Street (map below) around 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. According to the driver of the truck, the collision actually caused the vehicle to “pop a wheelie.” He told The B-Town Blog that he had been working at the site of new construction near Burien Town Square, and that he had forgotten that his winch crane boom was still in the upright position. The driver was traveling eastbound on SW 152nd towards 1st Ave South when he rammed into the sign. Both the overhead arch and columns on each side of the street were knocked down. In addition to the large metal arch on the roadway, bricks, pieces of metal and broken cement littered the area, including the sidewalks. Police blocked off SW 152nd between 2nd Ave SW and 1st Ave South for a while. Luckily, there were no injuries. Here’s surveillance video of the actual crash courtesy Michael’s Collision, located at 134-1/2 SW 152nd Street: [youtube]https://youtu.be/TyFIKyoaKcA[/youtube] Here’s raw video of the aftermath: [youtube]https://youtu.be/Am3xKs0Zrrk[/youtube] City staff, police and workers were on the site quickly, removing debris and assessing the situation. No word yet on the estimated value of the sign, nor when or if it will be replaced. From our initial research, it appears the sign was proposed as part of a 1999 ‘Downtown Burien Streetscape Design Plan,’ and was designed by KPG Interdisciplinary Design. Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 1.56.59 PM It appears that the sign is a total loss, as evidenced by these photos taken shortly after the incident (click images to see larger versions/slideshow): IMG_3889 IMG_3883 IMG_3893 IMG_3873 IMG_3876 IMG_3887

We also shot video at the scene and will be doing an updated post, so check back soon… ]]>