This SDOT Traffic Advisory was just released announcing the repaving of 23rd Ave south of Union starting next week.
Contact: Marybeth Turner, (206) 684-8548
Paving Next Week on 23rd Avenue
SEATTLE — Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation plan to pave 23rd Avenue between Union and Spring streets next week, March 22 to 25, if the weather is favorable. The crews will grind off the old surface and lay new asphalt. When they have completed work on 23rd Avenue to the south of Union Street they will work on 23rd to the north of Union Street. They plan to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UPDATE: Tom here. I asked for clarification from SDOT. Paving will be curb lanes (the outside lanes) only, and will stretch basically from Pine to Spring. From Benjamin Hansen of SDOT:
The limits of our paving on 23rd Avenue at this time are E Spring Street at the south (1 block) and roughly E Pine St to the north (2 blocks). The crew will be making large asphalt patches in the outside lanes, addressing the most severe pavement distress. This is an area where we have done a lot of pothole filling and received several complaints . The heavy bus traffic has taken its toll on the outside lanes in particular.
The patches are interim repairs intended to keep the street serviceable until the larger project can move forward in 2015, according to the current schedule. At that time, the entire section of 23rd Avenue between S Jackson and E Madison streets will be repaved. The 2015 project is a major undertaking and will likely consume a full year’s paving budget. We would like to do it sooner, but with limited funds and a large backlog of deferred maintenance, it takes a while to make our way through the long list of the city’s paving needs.