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Street construction underway by Southcenter Mall in Tukwila

Crews have closed Southcenter Parkway north of Strander Boulevard for major road reconstruction to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion by the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. The project is expected to be completed in November. - Charles Cortes, Tukwila Reporter
Crews have closed Southcenter Parkway north of Strander Boulevard for major road reconstruction to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion by the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. The project is expected to be completed in November.
— image credit: Charles Cortes, Tukwila Reporter

Crews have started street construction work in Tukwila to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion along Southcenter Parkway, Strander Boulevard  and Klickitat Drive in the Westfield Southcenter Mall area.

Work started March 28 and is expected to be completed by November near the west mall entrance, according to city officials.

Crews will dramatically change the look of Southcenter Parkway north of Strander Boulevard, according to city reports. The most visible change will be when crews lower the southbound lanes of Southcenter Parkway approximately 20 feet.

A new bridge structure will be built across the lowered southbound lanes to connect Klickitat Drive to the northbound lanes of Southcenter Parkway. Crews will build a series of retaining walls within the project area as well as install new traffic signals.

Check out the photo rendering of what the project will look like when it's complete at the city's website.

Crews have closed portions of Southcenter Parkway (north of Strander Boulevard) and Klickitat Drive as well as two off-ramps from northbound I-5 to southbound Southcenter Parkway.

Detour routes are signed to help shoppers, customers, and employees travel to their destination.

Here’s a summary of the detour routes:

• From I-5 northbound (from Tacoma)

Take the off-ramp from northbound I-5 to Southcenter Parkway (exit 153). Drivers are detoured around the mall. Follow the detour signs to travel to Southcenter Parkway.

• From I-5 southbound (from Everett/Seattle)

Drivers can still use the Southcenter Boulevard exit from southbound I-5 to travel to the Southcenter area. Drivers are detoured around the mall. Follow the detour signs to travel to Southcenter Parkway.

• From I-405 northbound (from airport/Burien)

Drivers are detoured to the Interurban Avenue/West Valley Highway/SR 181 exit from I-405. From there, follow the detour signs to Southcenter Parkway.

• From I-405 southbound (from Renton/Bellevue)

Drivers are detoured to the Interurban Avenue/West Valley Highway/SR 181 exit from I-405. From there, follow the detour signs to Southcenter Parkway.

• From the McMicken Heights Neighborhood (from Klickitat Drive)

Drivers are detoured along Southcenter Boulevard to travel to Southcenter Parkway. Following the signed detours along Klickitat Drive/51st Avenue S and Southcenter Boulevard to Southcenter Parkway.

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