City begins repaving NE 125th Street and Sand Point Way NE
SEATTLE - Today the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) began the Northeast 125th Street and Sand Point Way Northeast paving project, its second major road improvement project for 2013. Through repaving/rebuilding work on Northeast 125th Street, Roosevelt Way Northeast and Sandpoint Way Northeast, SDOT will make significant improvements to nearly five miles of road stretching from I-5 to near Magnuson Park.
The project includes improvements for drivers, transit riders, freight and cyclists. To improve the pedestrian experience and meet current accessibility standards, 85 curb ramps will also be updated or installed through the work. Two new bus shelters will be constructed and three bio-retention structures will be added to help with stormwater management. The $3 million project is funded primarily by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006, along with $1 million in federal funds secured by SDOT.
"Repaving neighborhood arterials is a key part of protecting and enhancing Seattle's transportation infrastructure," said SDOT Director Peter Hahn. "Thanks to the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy, we will complete nearly five miles of needed street work on Roosevelt Way, Northeast 125th Street and Sandpoint Way."
The project will be segmented into zones to minimize construction impacts to nearby communities and work in each zone is expected to last about six weeks. Construction will take place on both Northeast 125th Street and Sand Point Way simultaneously. Construction on Northeast 125th Street will occur in two phases and on Sand Point Way in three. Traffic will be limited on Northeast 125th Street to one travel lane in each direction through the active work area. Southbound traffic on Sand Point Way will be detoured around the work area using 35th Avenue Northeast. Northbound traffic will not be affected. SDOT expects to substantially complete the work before the end of the year.
"This project will provide residents and visitors with a smoother, safer trip to Lake City and Magnuson Park," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
As part of its 2013 work, SDOT currently is repaving Delridge Way Southwest in West Seattle and will soon commence work on North 105th Street and North/Northeast Northgate Way from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way Northeast. This follows on the heels of major repaving completed over the past year on North/Northwest 85th Street, Greenwood Avenue North, and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard.
For further information, visit the project website at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_ne125.htm.
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