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Construction Alert: Work Begins on New Campus Entrance

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Construction Alert: Work Begins on New Campus Entrance

  • Photo of concrete truck

Spring break construction to cause parking lot road closure

On March 25, construction crews will begin work on the College Way (South 236th Place) roundabout project. The project will affect the north end of the East Parking Lot on the Highline College campus. The first phase of the work will be completed during spring break, when classes are not in session.

For those visiting or working on campus March 25-April 2, follow these safety instructions:

Road Closure:The north road leading from the East Parking Lot to the North Parking Lot will be closed. Community members accessing the North Parking Lot will need to enter off 20th Avenue South.

Parking: With the exception of ADA placard holders, there will be no parking behind Building 16. Parking is available in the North Parking Lot and the East Parking Lot.

During this time, crews will remove trees, clear vegetation and stabilize exposed dirt while workers dig 5ft trenches to install approximately 350ft of storm drain piping and 90ft of new waterline.

Future Construction

Starting May, work will continue on the College Way roundabout and last until mid-September. From May 1 to mid-June, the East Reserved Lot will be closed for construction and will not be accessible to employees. Construction crews plan to install detention tanks and pipes during this time.

From mid-June to September, one-third of the north side of the East Parking Lot will be closed for construction on the roundabout. College Way will be closed and community members will need to enter and exit the East Lot through the main entrance on South 240th Street.

Contact Zach Lambert: zlambert@highline.edu or (206) 592-3262

Highline College Campus Map

Highline College campus map of spring break road closure.

A New Highline College Entrance

Rendering of Campus Way roundabout

Rendering of Campus Way roundabout

Construction of the College Way roundabout represents a major project for Highline College as it will create a new main entrance for campus.

Although campus is located close to Pacific Highway (Hwy 99), the 80-plus acre property is tucked away, not easily visible from this major thoroughfare.

But with the construction of Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link Extension project, there’s an opportunity to not only connect the college to Pacific Highway, but also to a nearby substation that will see thousands of future light rail riders daily. When complete in 2025, light rail will span from Seattle to Federal Way.

Two vertical Highline College signs

Potential design of new Highline College signage.

Outlined in the college’s 2030 Campus Master Plan, College Way will widen to multiple lanes to form a roundabout with two exits –– one to the north road that will lead to the North Parking lot and another to the East Parking Lot. A traffic signal will be installed at the College Way/Pacific Highway intersection, which will turn into a four-way stop after Sound Transit has constructed an extension of College Way to the Kent Des Moines Station. Rapid Ride bus stops, pedestrian paths, a plaza, bike lanes, parking and landscape improvements are planned in conjunction with the Highline College main entrance improvements.

After the College Way roundabout construction is complete, two monument signs are planned for the main entrance of College Way from Pacific Highway 99, and one monument sign will be placed at the entry roundabout to mark the arrival to Highline’s campus.

While Sound Transit and the City of Des Moines will help fund the project, Highline College has committed to paying $1.4 million with a large portion of funding coming from the Transportation and Safety Tuition Fee. Because the college does not receive funding from the state for parking projects, Highline’s portion will be from local funding.

Highline College Campus Map

Rendering of Highline College campus map of with Campus Way roundabout