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Road Services - Renton Avenue South Construction Project

King County and City of Renton partner to improve walkability on Renton Avenue South

King County and the City of Renton are partnering to improve Renton Avenue South between 75th Avenue South and 76th Avenue South in the West Hill area. The project will add sidewalks, landscaping and retain on-street parking and a bicycle lane to the east side of Renton Avenue South. A gateway sign at the intersection of Renton Avenue South and 76th Avenue South is being planned with input from the community and will be installed as part of this project. 

The improvements will help connect residents with local businesses, the transit system, and critical neighborhood and regional service agencies like the Skyway Library, Youth and Family Service Center, and the Skyway Food Bank.

See what we're doing on site

Looking north from the 76th Avenue South intersection
July 23, 2013 - Completed project looking north from the 76th Avenue South intersection.
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Bike lane, cement concrete drainage trough, paved parallel parking strip, planter strip and cement concrete sidewalk
July 23, 2013 - Bike lane, cement concrete drainage trough, paved parallel parking strip, planter strip and cement concrete sidewalk.
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Completed project looking north from the South 126th Street intersection
July 23, 2013 - Completed project looking north from the South 126th Street intersection.
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New improvements in front of Skyway Mart.  Landscaping in the planting strip will be planted in October 2013
July 23, 2013 - New improvements in front of Skyway Mart. Landscaping in the planting strip will be planted in October 2013.
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Looking north towards the 75th Avenue South intersection
July 23, 2013 - Looking north towards the 75th Avenue South intersection.
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Looking north from the South 126th Street intersection
July 12, 2013 - Looking north from the South 126th Street intersection.
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Nearly completed construction project
July 12, 2013 - Nearly completed construction project.
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Commercial driveway near the South 126th Street intersection
July 12, 2013 - Commercial driveway near the South 126th Street intersection.
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Commercial driveway and parking stops
July 12, 2013 - Commercial driveway and parking stops.
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Parallel parking strip, planting area, cement concrete sidewalk and gravity block retaining wall
July 12, 2013 - Parallel parking strip, planting area, cement concrete sidewalk and gravity block retaining wall.
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Sloped commercial driveway entrance
July 12, 2013 - Sloped commercial driveway entrance.
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Curb ramp at the 75th Avenue South intersection
July 12, 2013 - Curb ramp at the 75th Avenue South intersection.
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South 126th Street intersection
June 14, 2013 - Looking north from the South 126th Street intersection.
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Retaining wall
June 14, 2013 - Gravity block retaining wall construction.
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Retaining wall and driveway
June 14, 2013 - Gravity block retaining wall and driveway construction.
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South 126th Street intersection looking south
June 14, 2013 - Looking south towards the South 126th Street intersection.
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Driveway reconstruction
June 14, 2013 - Driveway reconstruction.
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Setting forms
April 25, 2013 - Workers setting forms for the cement concrete drainage trough, curb and gutter and sidewalk.
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Sidewalk being poured.
April 25, 2013 - Eight-foot wide cement concrete sidewalk being poured.
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Pouring the east half of the drainage trough.
April 25, 2013 - Workers pouring the east half of the cement concrete drainage trough and finishing the sidewalk.
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Finished portion of drainage trough and sidewalk.
April 25, 2013 - Finished portion of the cement concrete drainage trough and sidewalk.
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Grading prep work.
April 25, 2013 - Sidewalk grading preparation work.
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76th Avenue South intersection.
April 25, 2013 - Looking south towards the 76th Avenue South intersection.
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Project bulletins

Activities for the week of:

July 15-19, 2013

  • Place topsoil in planter areas.
  • Project finish up and clean up.

July 8-12, 2013

  • Cement concrete forming.
  • Cement concrete sidewalk pour.

July 1-5, 2013

  • Cement concrete forming and pouring.
  • Asphalt paving.

June 24-28, 2013

  • Cement concrete curb and gutter pour.
  • Prepare pavement and sidewalk areas for surfacing.

June 17-21, 2013

  • Gravity block retaining wall construction.
  • Cement concrete forming grading work.

June 10-14, 2013

  • Gravity block retaining wall construction.
  • Cement concrete forming grading work.
  • Cement concrete driveway pour.

June 3-7, 2013

  • Finishing roadway excavation work.
  • Cement concrete forming and pouring.

May 27-31, 2013

  • Roadway excavation work on the north end of the project.
  • Traffic signal modification work at 76th Avenue South.

May 20-24, 2013

  • Finishing waterline replacement work.
  • Roadway excavation work.

May 13-17, 2013

  • Waterline replacement work on the north end of the project.

May 6-10, 2013

  • Waterline replacement work on the north end of the project.
  • Cement concrete sidewalk and driveway forming and pouring.

April 29 - May 3, 2013

  • Roadway excavation work.
  • Cement concrete forming and pouring.
  • Traffic island modification at 76th Avenue South.

April 22-26, 2013

  • Start waterline replacement work on the north end of the project.
  • Traffic island modification at 76th Avenue South.
  • Cement concrete forming and pouring.

April 15-19, 2013

  • Roadway excavation work.
  • Cement concrete drainage trough and sidewalk forming and pouring on the south end of the project.

April 8-12, 2013

Schedule

The design phase is complete, and the sidewalk improvement project contract has been awarded. Construction began April 8, 2013 and will be completed on July 19, 2013.

Effect on traffic and buses

During construction, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures on Renton Avenue South between 76th Avenue South and 75th Avenue South and traffic lanes being temporarily shifted to the west. No street parking will be available on the east side of the street during construction, and the bus stops on the east side of Renton Avenue South at the South 126th Street and 75th Avenue South intersections will be temporarily closed. Riders of northbound Metro Transit bus Route 106 to Seattle should use the signed temporary bus stop north or south of the construction work area.

Why this project is being done

The community identified these improvements in 2002 as a way to revitalize the Renton Avenue South corridor with a "boulevard feel" that welcomes pedestrians and cyclists and encourages shoppers to visit local businesses.

The county has secured grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development, and the City of Renton has a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. Together, the two grants will pay for this phase of the project. The community vision also included additional work, including sidewalk improvements on the west side of the street and curbside plantings, that are not yet funded or scheduled.

Tradeoffs

These improvements will support economic development and infrastructure investment in the area and provide more ways to access businesses and social service organizations along the corridor. However, the number of parking spaces in the public right of way may have to be reduced. The county has worked with affected businesses to identify ways to lessen any adverse effects of this change.

To request this document in an alternative format, please call 206-684-1142 (TTY Relay: 711)

Project partnership

This project is a partnership between the King County Road Services Division and the City of Renton.

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Information from the Road Services Division's website is available to people with disabilities in alternate formats upon request by calling 206-263-6482 or 711 for the TTY relay service.

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Also see

Frequently-asked questions about the Renton Avenue South Project

Contact us

DeAnna Martin
Community Relations Planner
206-684-1142

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Artist's rendering of the
improvements

Renton Avenue South artist rendering of the improvements
This artist's rendering shows how
Renton Avenue South might look
with the "boulevard feel" envisioned
by the community in 2002.
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July 2012 project mailer
with translations

Renton Avenue South mailer
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Location map

Renton Avenue South construction project location map
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