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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: SDOT and Community Celebrate Festival Street Completion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
12/5/2009  1:45:00 PM
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SDOT and Community Celebrate Festival Street Completion
Bridging the Gap funds Beacon Hill community project

SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Beacon Hill community today celebrated the opening of the Lander Festival Street. SDOT Director Grace Crunican joined members of the North Beacon Hill Community Council to officially open the Festival Street, located at South Lander Street between 16th and 17th avenues S. The area will serve as an extension of the plaza north of the Beacon Hill Sound Transit station, and provide a space for community festivals and events.

“This unique use of right-of-way is the result of a partnership between SDOT and the community created through the Neighborhood Street Fund program,” said SDOT Director Crunican. “The Lander Festival Street is just one of 17 fantastic projects constructed across the city through this Bridging the Gap funded effort.”

The Lander Festival Street project built a new roadway with decorative pavers at the same level as the existing sidewalks to create a “curb-less” street. Bollards and other side treatments were installed to delineate the roadway surface when the street is open to vehicles. New landscaping accompanies the Festival Street and the project also installed new pedestrian-scale lighting along the north sidewalk.

This project was brought about by the North Beacon Hill Community Council through the Bridging the Gap Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Large Project Program. The NSF Large Project Program is a community-based effort administered by the Seattle Department of Transportation and funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

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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