Update: The bus lane won’t happen until spring 2018.
Good news is coming for riders of heavily-traffic-impacted Metro route 8. This week SDOT is installing a bus lane on Denny Way, between Fairview Ave and Stewart St, and painting it red.
The eastbound bus lane will be sandwiched in between a left lane for traffic headed further east on Denny, and a right lane for traffic turning onto Yale Ln and I-5. The bus lane is projected to save 1-2 minutes on each eastbound PM peak trip, but that may be a conservative estimate, given the bus stops that get backed up by the I-5 queue.
A westbound lane will be lost, but SDOT expects any impacts to westbound AM peak trips to be brief.
Road work will start after 7 pm Monday, and is expected to be complete by Thursday.
The new lane is part of a slew of improvements announced last December. The Route 8 corridor improvement project is funded from $1.4 million in federal grants, and slated to be complete in early 2018.