SDOT Update on Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project 05.17.2017

May 17, 2017
The following update from the Seattle Department of Transportation was received by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce on 5/17/2017.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is designing mobility, landscaping, and lighting improvements on Fauntleroy Way SW between 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St. 

Revised traffic study

As we reach our 90% design milestone for the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project, we've been refining the design based on community feedback. We recently revised our original 2014 project traffic study to better understand potential impacts to traffic once the project is built, factoring in increased growth in West Seattle. Read below for more information, and see our webpage for the full traffic study.

The Fauntleroy Boulevard Project design maintains 2 lanes of traffic in each direction on Fauntleroy Way SW. To minimize the risk of conflicts between people walking, biking, and driving, and provide space for new sidewalks and protected bike lanes, the 60% design eliminates the right-turn pockets from Fauntleroy Way onto SW Oregon St, and from Fauntleroy Way onto SW Avalon Way. Right turns would still be allowed at both intersections. While some community members liked this design, others raised concerns that removing the right-turn pockets would cause delays for people driving. 

What we found

We updated our original traffic study to predict potential changes in vehicle travel times and level of service on Fauntleroy Way once the project is built. We factored in increased future traffic volumes by looking at current and planned developments and overall population growth in West Seattle. 

We found that once the project is built, the projected level of service and travel times for people who drive will remain within SDOT standards. This is in part due to signal timing improvements we will make as a part of the project.
Next steps
Based on the findings of the updated traffic study, the final design will eliminate the right-turn pockets on Fauntleroy Way at Oregon St and Avalon Way. The design will still allow right turns at these intersections for all approaches.

You can read the full traffic study on
our webpage.
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Please feel free to email questions or concerns to the outreach team at You'll find more information and background on the project webpage. You can also leave us a message at (206) 727-3994. 
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