Wells-Williams Conversion Project

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Updated June 18, 2021

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The Wells-Williams Conversion Project improves connectivity and access in downtown Renton to make it a more vibrant and livable area by converting Wells Ave S and Williams Ave S to two-way traffic. Construction is expected to continue into summer 2021.

We have a page dedicated to all downtown Renton construction projects: www.rentonwa.gov/dcp.

Have a question or comment on the Wells-Williams Conversion Project? Join our virtual office hours, every other Friday from 1-1:30 p.m. The next one is July 2.

Learn more about:

  • Current sidewalk work on S 3rd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

  • Ongoing utility work on S 2nd St

  • Future intersection work and detours on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

Sidewalk work on S 3rd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

Our concrete subcontractor completed their sidewalk work on the northside of S 3rd S at Williams Ave S and is now focusing on pouring the sidewalks on the northside of S 3rd St at Wells Ave S. We are tracking the weather closely so we can take advantage of any opportunities to continue pouring during dry weather. Our concrete subcontractor will continue preparing the remaining corners of S 3rd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S for concrete pours. We will keep you up to date as we learn more.

We are coordinating with businesses that are directly impacted and are maintaining businesses access as best as possible. People walking will be detoured into adjacent curbside parking while we work on sidewalks. To avoid several weeks of sand blasting, which is loud, dusty, and disruptive to businesses downtown, we adjusted the type of concrete we’re using which takes 3-days to cure.

Through traffic on S 3rd St will be maintained as a single-lane of traffic.

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After pouring the concrete and allowing time for the concrete to cure and harden, our final step for sidewalk work is to cut grooves into the concrete to create a more polished look downtown.

If you need help with deliveries or customer access, please call 425-363-1007 for assistance.


We are trying to minimize parking impacts as much as possible.

The City Center Parking Garage offers up to 10-hours of free parking. A monthly permit for the City Center Parking Garage can also be purchased for $35. To make finding the City Center Parking Garage easier, we posted banners around the parking garage to help make it stand-out. When in doubt, look for the blue banners help find your way.

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There are several public parking lots downtown that offer up to 2 hours of free parking and convenient access to downtown businesses. For more information about places to park downtown, please check out the City’s Downtown Parking Map.

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Future Intersection Work and Detours

We substantially completed rebuilding the intersections on S 3rd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S in April 2021. Our remaining intersection work in downtown Renton will be on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S, planned for summer 2021. We will rebuild the intersections in two phases using partial intersection closures to maintain through traffic.

Sections of Wells Ave S and Williams Ave S will operate as two-way cul-de-sacs to maintain local access to the residential homes and businesses leading up to an intersection closure. While we plan to maintain sidewalk access for people walking, there will be minor detours for drivers. You can see the planned detours for the remaining intersection work below.

Future Detour Routes

Northside intersection closure on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

Graphic of Graphic of the northside intersection closure on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

Southside intersection closure on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

Graphic of the southside intersection closure on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

What To Expect During Intersection Work

Typical work hours We’re working hard to complete the project as quickly as possible to minimize the disruption to you. Our crews typically work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. We may work after 5 p.m. and on weekends to help minimize impacts.

Local access maintained, no through traffic While you won’t be able to drive through the intersection closures, you’ll be able to drive up the block leading up to the closures. Follow traffic signs for detours and local access.

Minor pedestrian detours You will still be able to access the sidewalks and nearby businesses but may need to cross mid-block.

Plan ahead for deliveries Delivery trucks larger than a single-unit vehicle may not be able to turn around in the temporary cul-de-sacs on S 2nd St and S 3rd St on Wells Ave S and Williams Ave S during intersection work.

If your business receives large deliveries, please:

  1. Use alternative routes for deliveries, if possible.

  2. Call the project hotline 425-363-1007 so a flagger can assist with any large deliveries that can’t use an alternate route.

Noise, dust and vibration

Parking restrictions There may be some on-street parking restrictions near work zones; please follow directions on “No parking” signs. You can also park at the City Center Parking Garage for free up to 10 hours. Check out our Downtown Parking Map for other parking options.

This work is weather dependent. In case of unexpected weather or work delays, we received City Council approval for full-intersection closures on S 3rd St, if needed.

Downtown Utility Work

We are continuing utility work on S 2nd St between Main Avenue S and Burnett Avenue S. Through traffic on S 2nd St will continue to be reduced to a single-lane to give crews the space they need to work on underground utilities.

The Downtown Utility Improvement Project has on-going construction in downtown Renton. The project will upgrade water, sewer and stormwater utilities on S 2nd St and S 3rd St from Rainier Ave S to Burnett Ave S as well as on adjacent side streets. You can learn more about the project at rentonwa.gov/duip.



Related Downtown Projects

Downtown Utility Improvement Project

The Downtown Utility Improvement Project will upgrade water, sewer and stormwater utilities to address current use and support future development needs in the downtown core. DUIP will bring needed upgrades to the downtown core since some underground pipes are past their useful life, in poor condition, lack capacity and/ or require costly maintenance. This is in final design with construction beginning later in 2020.

Renton Connector Project

The Renton Connector project will install a continuous non-motorized facility along Burnett Ave S between S 2nd St and S 5th St via separated walkways, protected bicycle lanes (cycle track), and a multi-use path. This project will also include landscaped medians, reconfigured public parking areas, curb ramp upgrades, and traffic signalization improvements. The design is scheduled through 2021 and there may be a small portion of construction in the fall of 2021. The design and construction schedule may be revised or delayed based on impacts to the City from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown Core Streetscape Improvement Project

Born out of the Civic Core Action Plan, the Downtown Core Streetscape Improvement Project will include new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, and street furniture on Wells Ave from 2nd to 3rd. This project is phase one of a multiphase downtown improvement program. There is ongoing coordination between the Downtown Core Streetscape Improvement Project and the Wells-Williams Conversion Project in efforts to minimize concurrent impacts.

Rainier Ave Phase 4 Improvements

This project includes transportation and utility improvements from S 3rd St to NW 3rd Pl and is comprised of two phases (S 3rd St to Airport Way and Airport Way to NW 3rd Pl). It is not projected to coincide or interfere with the Wells-Williams Conversion Project.

There are also ongoing private development and franchise utility relocations downtown.

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