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First Avenue South Paving Project May October 2008

Revised October 7, 2008

First Avenue S Paving Project Update

October 6, 2008 - Construction Update: 1st Avenue S

Contractor will be working day and night as project nears substantial completion

Work at the end of the off-ramp from Highway 99 on to 1st Avenue S has been completed and the ramp re-opened. The contractor will work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on First Avenue South between South Atlantic Street and South Dearborn Street for the next two weeks repairing and repaving the roadway. The paving work is weather dependent. At least one lane will be open to traffic in each direction.

The contractor will take one or two days this week to correct a previously paved area in a 600-foot section of a single lane between S Mead and S Findlay streets. This section of roadway will be removed and then replaced with new paving when weather conditions permit.

Other work will continue during the day with occasional lane closures during off-peak hours.

Construction crews will finish this 2008 repaving project with final restoration, clean-up and pavement markings. The entire project is scheduled for completion by the end of October.

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Project Description

Bridging the Gap

Each year, SDOT repaves a number of streets to improve the pavement condition and promote smoother, safer, and quieter streets. In 2008 and 2009, we are repaving First Avenue South. This project is part of the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

The project replaces asphalt, repairs the concrete or brick base beneath it, and adds new or upgraded curb ramps. Many existing drainage grates are being replaced with “bicycle friendly” grates that do not trap bicycle tires, and traffic signal detector loops are being upgraded to sense bicycles waiting for traffic signals. The project will also make improvements to the marked crosswalk on the north side of Railroad Way S to make it safer for pedestrians. After paving is completed, SDOT will coordinate with adjacent property owners about the installation of street trees. Please call 684-TREE if you have an interest in tree selection.

Project Location

  • First Avenue S from S Dearborn Street/Railroad Way S to S Stacy Street
  • First Avenue S from S Spokane Street to E Marginal Way S

What to Expect During Construction

  • Lane closures
  • Pedestrian detours
  • Parking restrictions
  • No traffic disruptions during major sports events
  • Moderate construction noise and dust
  • Normal day time work hours: 7 am – 4 pm
  • Night time work hours: 7 pm – 7 am
  • Occasional weekend work
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Project Contacts

  • George Frost, Public Outreach Coordinator, Seattle Department of Transportation
    Email: ; Telephone: (206) 615-0786
  • Jessica Murphy, Project Manager, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
    Email: ; Telephone: (206) 684-0178

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