Retaining wall construction underway along 6000 block of Beach Drive

The long awaited construction project is finally underway along one of the the most historically unstable sections of Beach Drive SW. This notorious slide area has been riddled with controversy before finally being approved for city permitting. Two 12 foot retaining walls with a drainage plan will most likely take several weeks to complete.


An on-looking neighbor commented that this plucked tree was “mainly responsible for holding up the hillside”

The good news is that this potholed and sloped section of Beach Drive will eventually get re-paved! Also appears that an owner located directly below the construction project now has the confidence to plan a new 8071 square foot home


Question is, will this modern answer to holding back the hillside actually stand the test of time? Here’s some historic photos to contend with…


Photo takenOctober 21st 1933 (courtesy of city of Seattle archived photos)


Atlas slide photo taken 1/24/1934 (courtesy of City of Seattle Archives)




Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog


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