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2011 AAC Paving - N 34th St Repaving in Fremont

Project Update - August 4, 2011

Despite several setbacks, the final asphalt paving on N 34th street was completed this week, less than a month after the project began. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) began in early July to repave N 34th Street from Fremont Avenue N to Stone Way N.

Although primarily a resurfacing project, work included the complete reconstruction of the Stone Way intersection which was significantly deteriorated by heavy trucks heading to the city's north transfer station to the east of the project area. In addition, the project removed abandoned railroad tracks crossing the road.

New lane markings will be installed next week and crews will install a new green bike box shortly thereafter. In addition, a significant amount of sidewalk work remains to be done. The project is scheduled to reach substantial completion in approximately two weeks.

Project Overview

MapThe Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be repaving N 34th St from Fremont Ave N to Stone Way N beginning in early July.

Project Description:

  • Repaving N 34th St from Fremont Ave N to Stone Way N
  • Sidewalk improvements and curb ramp upgrades
  • New “green” bike lanes and bike box
  • Removal of unused railroad tracks in the roadway to improve safety

Once completed this project will improve automobile, pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Project Schedule:
This project is scheduled to start in early July 2011 and be substantially complete by early September 2011.

Project Funding:
As a part of the 15th Ave NE Reconstruction Project, SDOT was able to take advantage of a competitive bidding climate and include this project in the same bidding package. Both projects are funded by the Bridging the Gap tax initiative passed by Seattle voters in 2006.

What to Expect During Construction:

  • Lane closures – two-way traffic will be maintained throughout construction
  • Pedestrian detours
  • Bicyclists and vehicles will share traffic lanes
  • Parking and loading restrictions
  • Metal plates will be used to temporarily cover excavation areas
  • Construction noise and dust
  • Pavement grinding will result in grooved pavement
  • All travelers should use caution and keep a safe distance from construction equipment
  • Regular notices with more location specific information during construction

Improvements for Bicycle Travel

  • Bike friendly drainage grates
  • New green bike lanes highlighting areas where bicycles and cars cross paths
  • New bike box at intersection of N 34th St and Fremont Ave N to provide a place for cyclists to wait for signal in front of vehicles
  • New bike loop detectors to tell signal when a bicycle is waiting for the light to turn green

Optional bicycle routes to utilize during construction are noted on the map below.

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Project Contacts:
Bob Derry, Construction Communications Officer, bob@stephersonassociates.com (206) 250-2865
George Frost, Project Communications Lead, george.frost@seattle.gov (206) 615-0786

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