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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Weekend Paving on Downtown Streets

8/7/2009  10:30:00 AM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Weekend Paving on Downtown Streets

SEATTLE-SDOT’s paving contractor will work on Stewart Street and also on Second Avenue from Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. until Monday, August 10 at 4 a.m. During this time the following traffic restrictions will be in effect:

Stewart Street (one-way westbound)
  • Closed between Second and Fourth avenues
Second Avenue (one-way southbound)
  • Second Avenue--reduced to one lane at Broad, Stewart, Pine and Pike streets
  • Cross streets:
    Broad Street --westbound traffic required to turn left on Second Avenue; closed to eastbound traffic at First Avenue
    Pine Street-(one-way westbound) reduced to one lane at Second Avenue
    Pike Street-(one-way eastbound) reduced to one lane at Second Avenue
Other work, beginning today, includes paving along Marion Street and on Second Avenue in the Yesler Way area, with the following traffic restrictions:

Second Avenue (one-way southbound)
  • Cross street:
    Yesler Way--westbound traffic required to turn left (south) at Second Avenue; eastbound traffic blocked at Second Avenue (work expected to be complete Sat morning, Aug 8).
Marion Street (one-way eastbound)
  • Marion Street-restricted to one lane from First to Third avenues starting at 6:30 p.m. Thurs Aug 6 and Fri Aug 7 until early the next day.
Detour routes will be posted and uniformed police officers will be on duty during construction hours to keep traffic moving. Stewart Street continues to be restricted to one lane for all traffic between Westlake and Second avenues (except for the weekend total closure announced above) and is open for buses only from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. This configuration will remain in effect through the end of next week while SDOT’s contractor continues paving work.

Stewart Street is a main entry point into downtown from southbound I-5. Drivers of vehicles other than buses who normally use the Stewart Street exit may want to take exits at Mercer, Union or James streets during this traffic revision.

For information or questions about transit service, please call Metro Transit customer service at: 206-553-3000, or visit Metro Transit online at:

SDOT is coordinating the various downtown construction projects and working with its paving contractors to minimize traffic impacts as much as possible. The downtown paving program will substantially improve these heavily traveled streets.

For more information on downtown paving, please see SDOT’s Website at

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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