A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation plans to begin work at S Kenny Street on the west side of Rainier Avenue S later this week, possibly as early as Wednesday, November 3. This work is part of the transit improvement project underway at multiple locations on Rainier Avenue S and S Jackson Street for Bus Route #7.
The southbound, curb lane of Rainier Avenue S will be closed approaching Kenny, and on-street parking will be restricted. Kenny Street will be closed to eastbound traffic at Rainier. As at other project locations on Rainier, the lane closures and parking restrictions at Rainier and Kenny will be in effect 24 hours a day and seven days a week for six to eight weeks.
This transit improvement project covers the more than six-mile length of Bus Route #7 through Southeast Seattle from the International District to the Rainier Beach neighborhood. The work includes installing new bus bulbs, improving sidewalks and passenger waiting areas, and modifying traffic signals at multiple locations to improve waiting areas for bus passengers and to reduce bus travel times.
The entire project, which began in July, is scheduled for completion in January. Due to weather conditions, some minor work may need to wait until early spring for completion.
Local businesses are open during construction and SDOT encourages the community to stop and shop.
Currently active project locations:
S Jackson Street and Maynard Avenue S (north side) — to be complete by the end of November
S Jackson Street and Eighth Avenue S — to be complete by mid November
Rainier Avenue S and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S — to be complete by end of January
Rainier and South Genesee Street — to be complete by mid November
Rainier Avenue S and 39th Avenue S — to be complete by late November or early December
Rainier Avenue S and S Brandon Street — to be complete by late December
Rainier Avenue S and S Orcas Street — to be complete by early December
Rainier Avenue S and S Kenny Street— to be complete by the end of December
Rainier Avenue South and South Holly Street — to be complete by mid December
Rainier Avenue South and South Frontenac Street — to be complete by mid December
Rainier Avenue S and S Holden Street — to be complete by late December
Project locations where work is completed:
S Jackson Street and Maynard Avenue S (south side)
S Jackson Street and 12th Avenue S
For more information, please visit SDOT’s website at
or call George Frost, (206) 615-0786, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media contact: Marybeth Turner, (206) 684-8548, email@example.com