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2010 Central Business District (CBD)
Paving & Street Related Improvements: Virginia Street and Olive Way

Construction Update – August 5, 2010  

SDOT and its contractor are making roadway improvements on Virginia Street.  Planned construction for this weekend and next week is as follows: 

Concrete Base Repair (SATURDAY WORK)

In advance of paving, the contractor will make repairs to the concrete roadway base in areas that are in poor condition.  This work will take place on Saturday, August 7 th. 

One lane on Virginia Street will remain open at all times during this work.  There will be parking and loading restrictions along Virginia Street and it’s cross streets.

Planned work hours:  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, August 7 th

Asphalt Street Paving (NIGHT WORK)

Final paving between First Avenue and Westlake Avenue is scheduled for night work August 10 th and 11 th, weather permitting. 

One lane on Virginia Street will remain open at all times with short-term cross street restrictions (2-4 hours) at Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. 

Planned work hours:  7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Following paving, permanent traffic markings and channelization will be installed at night over the next several days.

During this weekend and night/early morning work the project team will do its best to minimize impacts to surrounding businesses and residents.  Several specific steps are:

  • Prohibiting pure tone backup-warning devices after 10 p.m.
  • Requiring the use of radios for long range communications
  • Prohibiting the use of saw cutting equipment or jack-hammers between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Street sweeping to reduce dust
  • Meeting with crews prior to nighttime work to emphasize the importance of taking steps to reduce noise. 
  • Utilizing uniformed police officers to keep vehicles moving.

Construction Update – July 21, 2010  

THREE WEEK LOOK AHEAD

Planned Virginia Street Construction: July 21 – August 11

SDOT and its contractor are making roadway improvements and utility upgrades on Virginia Street.  Planned construction is as follows: 

New Concrete Lane Construction

Starting Friday, July 23rd the contractor will construction a new concrete lane between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.   Crews will work around the clock and complete their work by 4:00 a.m. Monday.

Note: Virginia Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue WILL BE CLOSED to all vehicles.

Asphalt Street Grinding/Removal

On Wednesday, July 28th the contractor will grind and remove the remaining asphalt on Virginia St between First Avenue and Westlake Avenue. During this work one lane on Virginia Street will remain open at all times.

Planned work hours:  7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Spot Concrete Base Repair

After grinding, the contractor will make repairs to the concrete street base in areas that are in poor condition. This work could take 2-3 weeks to complete.

Planned work hours:  7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

Asphalt Street Paving

Tentatively scheduled for August 10 th & 11th the contractor will repave Virginia Street from First Avenue to Westlake Avenue.  During this work one lane on Virginia Street will remain open at all times with short-term cross street restrictions at Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. 

Planned work hours:  7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Note: After paving permanent traffic markings and channelization will be applied.  The construction scope, schedule and work times may change as the project moves forward.


7/01/10 PROGRESS REPORT

SDOT and its contractor are making roadway improvements and utility upgrades on Olive Way and Virginia Street in 2010.  Funded by Bridging the Gap this project will be substantially complete in August.

COMPLETED WORK

Olive Way

  • Repaved from 3rd Ave to 6 th Ave and 9th to Terry Ave.
  • Widened the south sidewalk between 5th Ave and 6th Ave.
  • Upgraded a number of pedestrian ramps.
  • Installed concrete street panels in areas heavily utilized by transit.

Virginia Street

  • Repaved between Westlake Ave and Fairview/Boren Ave.
  • Installed concrete street panels in areas heavily utilized by transit.
  • Installed a new electrical vault at the 4th Ave intersection.
  • Installed more than 70% of a new SCL electrical duct bank from 1st Ave to 8th Ave.

UPCOMING WORK

Olive Way

  • Apply final traffic markings and channelization.
  • Install bicycle “sharrows”

Virginia Street - 1st Ave to Westlake Ave

  • Continue to install a SCL duct bank between 3rd Ave and

Westlake Ave

  • Continue concrete street panel installation in select areas.
  • Asphalt grinding and paving late July/early August.
  • Apply permanent traffic markings and channelization.
Click here to see pictures of construction progress


Construction Update – Olive Way:  June 17, 2010

Work is substantially complete on Olive Way . 

Construction Update – Virginia Street:  June 17, 2010

WEEKEND & NIGHT WORK – June 18 to 21
Intersection Closure at Fourth Avenue & Virginia Street

SDOT and its contractor are continuing to construct improvements on Virginia Street.

During the weekend of June 18 th the contractor will replace several concrete panels at the Fourth Avenue intersection and build new ones on the south side of Virginia Street between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

This work will begin Friday at 7:00 p.m.  Crews will work around-the-clock with the nosiest activity taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The contractor anticipates completing this work by 4:00 a.m., Monday, June 21.

Street Closures and Restrictions
Virginia Street: Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue

Closed to through traffic 7:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 a.m. Monday

Fourth Avenue: Stewart Street to Lenora Street

Closed to through traffic 7:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 a.m. Monday

Detour routes will be posted.  Police officers will be on site to keep traffic moving.   Pedestrian access to all businesses and residences will be maintained.


Construction Update – Olive Way:  May 3, 2010

Weather permitting, construction crews plan to install new traffic markings and lane channelization by the end of this week, and then apply finishing touches to the Olive Way project in the following week or so. 

Construction Update – Virginia Street:  May 3, 2010

Nighttime Construction Starts Monday, May 3rd

Starting 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 3rd the contractor will install a new electrical duct bank on Virginia Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. 

This work will take place weekly, from  7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. Monday night through Friday morning.  Weather permitting, the contractor expects to complete this work by late May.   

Traffic & Pedestrian Restrictions

Near the work zone, parking/loading restrictions will be in place until this work has been completed.  

Virginia Street between Third and Fourth avenues will be reduced to one lane between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Fourth Avenue will be reduced to one lane between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. when the contractor is working in the intersection.

The crosswalk on the west side of Fourth Avenue at Virginia Street will be closed during nighttime work hours.    

Steel plates will cover trenches during the daytime.  A minimum of two lanes will be open to traffic during the day.

Please note that some of the work is weather dependent and the schedule may be adjusted as the project moves forward.

Project Overview 

Bridging The Gap LogoThe Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is continuing its work in Downtown to improve streets and help keep traffic moving when major construction gets underway on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. In 2010, SDOT is repaving major sections of Virginia Street, Olive Way, Dearborn Street and Airport Way. SDOT has already completed repaving several streets in and around downtown neighborhoods in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The paving projects are funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

Beginning in mid January, the 2010 paving program will kick-off with work on Virginia Street and Olive Way.

Both streets will have concrete pavement installed in the most heavily traveled bus zones, new asphalt resurfacing, upgraded curb ramps, and new channelization including sharrows. Virginia Street will also have a new electric duct bank installed to improve power distribution in the downtown area, and the sidewalk will be widened on the south side of Olive Way between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

In the first few months of 2010, work will be concentrated on Virginia Street as the electric duct bank is constructed, beginning at First Avenue and moving east. Also, concrete pavement and sidewalk work will take place on Olive Way. These two elements of work are less sensitive to the cold and wet winter months. The asphalt repaving will be completed later in the summer.

What to Expect During Work  

  • Lane closures
  • Pedestrian and vehicle detours
  • Parking and loading restrictions
  • Construction noise and dust
  • Instances of weekday, weekend and night work
  • Regular notices with more location specific information during construction
  • Some of this work is weather dependant, and the schedule may be adjusted as the project moves forward

Project Contacts:

Josh Stepherson, Construction Communications, josh@stephersonassociates.com, (206) 321-4205

George Frost, Public Outreach Coordinator, george.frost@seattle.gov (206) 615-0786



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