Shaw Road: 23rd to Manorwood Drive 

December 21, 2018: 
This section of Shaw Road is now open. We appreciate everyone's input and patience, and hope you enjoy the improvements.

In 2018, Shaw Road was widened from 23rd to Manorwood to add a center left-turn lane. This section of Shaw experiences more than 16,000 vehicle trips per day, and the addition of the protected turn lane has made it much safer for those turning left onto or off of the road. Because the center lane removes turning vehicles from the through lanes, it’s also expected to ease traffic congestion and improve travel times, particularly during the morning and evening commute hours. The project also added a sidewalk on the west side and a mixed-use trail on the east.

This project began construction on April 19th. We will continue to update the FAQs as the project proceeds.

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Questions? Concerns? Comments?

If you have a question, concern or comment about this project, please let us know. Once we receive your submission, we'll determine the appropriate staff person to respond to you.

November 2018 Update

As of mid-November, this project is on track to be completed before the end of the year. Please refer to the FAQs for more information on the new center turn lane and lane widths.

October 2018 Updates

Oct. 29th-Nov. 2nd: Access on the north end of the Shaw Road project will temporarily change this week.

No access will be permitted from 23rd/Crystal Ridge to Shaw. The intersection of Cherokee and 23rd will serve as the alternate access for the cul-de-sacs for this week only. See map for a visual depiction of the temporary access configuration.

When the work is completed, local access will revert to the configuration determined at the beginning of the project; see here. This will allow one-way northbound-only traffic on Shaw from Cherokee/23rd to Crystal Ridge/26th.

Beginning October 17th, the intersection of Shaw Road, Cherokee Blvd. and 26th Ave. SE will be shut down for construction work. No one will be able to cross Shaw between Cherokee and 26th; access to the east side of Shaw will be via 23rd or 33rd only.  The cul-de-sacs north of the intersection will be accessible via 23rd. This closure is expected to last until November 17th.

Three-Month Update

Much progress has been made over the past three months. All of the deep excavation work and installation of new utility lines is finished; the remaining work will be at the road’s surface.

So far, this project's completion is timing ahead of schedule.

Shaw Road project to date, by the numbers:

2,090 square yards of sidewalk

4,087 lineal feet of curb

2,701 cubic yards of large rock


3,409 square feet of gravity block wall

2,797 feet of 12” diameter sewer pipe at 14-20’ deep

443 feet of 12” diameter storm pipe

904 feet of 18” diameter storm pipe

3,255 lineal feet of new curb and gutter (more to come)

Manorwood & 33rd Intersection Closures

The intersections of Manorwood Drive and 33rd Ave. SE at Shaw Road will be closed on June 25th for eight weeks to accommodate necessary utility work and allow the remaining construction to be finished for this portion of the project. This change in the project schedule will avoid having to re-close these intersections at a later date to complete the roadway surfacing and other items.

This section of Shaw Road will be closed north of Fire Station #72 at 3509 27th Street SE. The intersections of 37th Ave. E. and 109th St Ct. E. will remain accessible. (Refer to the Local Access Map.)

Please note that this change will consolidate two previously-anticipated four-week closures into one eight-week closure, and enable finishing this part of the project earlier than expected

Local Access

This map shows the closure area as well as which intersections will be accessible--and which will not. Note that vehicles will be able to cross Shaw between Cherokee and 26th, and also that one northbound-only lane will be available from Cherokee/26th down to 23rd/Crystal Ridge Drive.
The section of Shaw between 23rd/Crystal Ridge and 26th/Cherokee, available only to northbound vehicles, is now 25 mph. Southbound travel is prohibited, and anyone using this lane to travel south risks a $136 infraction. Travelling the wrong way down a one-way street can result in injury to one's self and others, and is particularly dangerous in an active construction zone--where traffic fines are doubled and cannot be reduced, suspended or waived.
Cherokee 26th signage

Project rescheduled from 2017 to 2018


This project, originally scheduled for 2017, was rescheduled to 2018 to avoid a potential wintertime work shutdown, thereby lessening the impact of the closure. It also allowed the City to seek bids in a less competitive bidding environment, helping to avoid higher project costs. The delay further accommodated the completion of necessary utility work in the right-of-way ahead of actual project construction.

Preliminary Project Work: 2015-2017


More than 80 residents attended the Shaw Road Open House in June of 2015, and 62 comments were submitted on the online survey. FAQs and comments can be viewed at right.

On August 11, 2015, the City Council authorized moving forward with this project as designed according to Option A (shared use path). In the interest of saving money and minimizing the time needed for project completion, the affected portions of Shaw Road will be closed during construction.

This 4,000-foot long section of Shaw Road will be improved with assistance from a grant provided by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

Initial Design Work
Initial design work included the development of project alternatives for which community input was sought. The alternatives all included two lanes of through traffic with a turning lane or landscaped median. The designs differed with respect to the sidewalk and bicycle facilities.