Seattle Department of Transportation’s Roadway Structures crew will construct a new, paved path and staircase to connect the newly built staircase at 61st Street SW to the top of the slope at 60th Street SW. work will begin on February 6 and will be completed on or around April 1. The stairway will be completely closed starting February 13.
The lower stairway starting at 61st SW was constructed last year. At that time there was not enough funding to upgrade the dirt path above the stairway, linking it to SW 60th. The original stairway was built in 1945 and did not meet current standards.
This project is part of SDOT’s program to upgrade the 507 stairways that SDOT owns and is responsible for maintaining. The funding is provided by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative.
Starting Monday, February 6 crews will remove the Laurel hedge grove to the South of the pathway to give them enough room to install and align the new staircase. This work is expected to take two to three days.
Starting February 13, the staircase and dirt path will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until completion of the project. There will be a detour in place and a map posted at the top and bottom of the stairway. Crews will then install form work for the staircase and walkway that will be poured with concrete. Residents will likely hear heavy machinery and trucks operating at the site. The SDOT crew will work to minimize impacts to the surrounding residential community.
For further information, please contact SDOT Roadway Structure Manager at 206-684-8325
For information or to comment on bike/ped issues (bike runnels), contact SDOT’s “Bike and Walk” line at 206-684-7583 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Media contact: Marybeth Turner, (206) 684-8548