News Gleams: More Construction on Rainer Avenue & Opening Date Announced for Skyway Library

Collected by Antonio Foster

Construction  to Begin Soon on Rainier Avenue Enhancement Project

The Rainier Avenue Pedestrian Enhancements Project, which includes the installation of a new traffic signal at Rainier Ave S & S Fisher Pl, as well as new sidewalk on the south side of Rainier between 56th Ave S and Ithaca Pl S, is slated to begin construction in mid-November. The sidewalk work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, while the signal work should be completed by April according to the City of Seattle.

Additionally the pedestrian activated traffic signal at Rainier Avenue & Fisher will be replaced with a signal that is both pedestrian activated, and that responds to a sensor indicating a car waiting on Fisher.  Work along Rainier & Fisher will also include new curb ramps, some modest changes to the existing pedestrian island on the south side of the current crosswalk, and a new crosswalk on the north side of the intersection.  The existing crosswalk itself will be restriped to be perpendicular to Rainier, as opposed to its current angled configuration.

Construction between 56th and 57th on the south side of Rainier Ave S will replace the existing sidewalk, while the stretch between 57th and Ithaca Place will more clearly differentiate the separation between the sidewalk and street, making it safer for pedestrians.  Three parking spots will be permanently lost to build the new sidewalk.

The project will also include the building of a new southbound concrete transit pad at Rainier Ave S & 51st Ave S. (moving the bus stop further south) and a replacement of the driveway into the Spinnaker Bay Condominiums (9500 Rainier Ave S), directly across from where 57th intersects with Rainier.

Skyway Library to Open in late January

King County Library System has announced that the new Skyway Library building will open early next year, and has scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony for January 23rd, 2016 at 10am. The current Skyway Library located a block from the new building at 7614 S 126th will continue to operate until the new location opens.

Accessible Mt. Baker Meeting Open House

The City of Seattle will be hosting an open house for members of the Mt.Baker community to reveal updates to its plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety near the Mt. Baker Link Light Rail station. The meeting will take place November 12,2015 from 6pm to 8pm at King Hall (2929 27th Ave South 98144)

City Council Vote Could Potentially Provide Faster, More Affordable Internet in South Seattle

As first reported by the Stranger’s Ansel Herz, the city council will vote next month whether or not to build a $5 million municipal gigabit broadband pilot project in Beacon Hill—essentially, a high-speed city-run network.  Advocates of a city operated municipal broadband say it will provide residents with  faster and cheaper internet service than is currently available. They are imploring South Seattle residents to call and email the council to vote in favor of the project. You can read Herz’s entire story here.