Thanks to those of you who took the time last April to learn about and comment on planned changes to improve the speed and reliability of Route 120. Some of the changes have already been made; others are still to come.
Metro made a set of stop changes in May, and will make another set of changes on Sept. 29. Final changes, such as construction of new amenities and stop relocations, will happen before next June. Check your bus stop for rider alerts to let you know if and when changes are coming.
Restriping work will start this week on Delridge Way SW to create a northbound bus lane between SW Oregon Street and SW Andover Street. This work will last about one week, during which traffic and driveway access will be maintained on Delridge Way SW. There will be travel lanes in both directions, but there may be minor delays as traffic is shifted to accommodate the work.
In October, a four-week project to install a bus bulb at the intersection of 26th Avenue SW and SW Barton Street will begin. Crews will maintain traffic and driveway access during construction, but motorists may experience minor delays while work is underway. Parts of the sidewalk on the east side of 26th Avenue SW between the existing bus stop and SW Barton Street will be closed temporarily, with signs directing pedestrians to safe alternative routes. The bus stop will be temporarily closed, and Metro will either set up a temporary stop to serve in its place or direct customers to use the next nearest stop during the closure. Pedestrians and bus riders may need to plan for additional time to reach their destinations while these projects are underway.
More than 200 people weighed in on these changes to improve the speed and reliability of Route 120. As a result of public input, Metro is keeping the northbound stops at Delridge Way SW and SW Oregon Street and Delridge Way SW and SW Edmunds Street open. The northbound stop at Ambaum Boulevard S and SW 122nd Street will also remain open, and the southbound stop at Ambaum Boulevard S and SW 124th Street will be moved farther south instead of being closed.
In addition, Metro modified its rechannelization plan for Delridge Way SW after meeting with several community members who expressed concerns about safety where the bus lane and bike lanes were originally planned to end at the north end of the project area. In the revised design, both lanes extend farther north past Andover Street. Some community members expressed concern about drivers trying to get around stopped southbound buses on Delridge Way SW at SW Andover Street. To address this concern, we will restripe the right lane to indicate that it is a right-turn-only lane for all vehicles except buses.
You can learn more about this project, which will benefit more than 7,000 daily riders of routes 120 and 125, on Metro’s website.