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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Paving to begin in the Elliott and 15th Avenue West corridor

4/4/2008  6:30:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Paving to begin in the Elliott and 15th Avenue West corridor

SEATTLE- A contractor working for SDOT will begin a major paving project on Monday, April 7 that will include Elliott Avenue West, 15th Avenue West, and a small portion of Denny Way and Western Avenue West. The finished project will provide a new, smooth driving surface, Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes, and sidewalk and curb ramp improvements. The project, to be completed in October, is made possible by the Bridging the Gap Transportation Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2006.

The streets to be paved are:

•Denny Way from First Avenue North to Western Avenue North
•Western Avenue West from Denny Way to West Thomas Street
•Elliott Avenue West from West Thomas Street to West Galer Street
•15th Avenue West from West Galer Street to West Emerson Street and the Ballard Bridge.

For the first phase, the contractor will begin work in the northbound lanes of Elliott Avenue West at Denny, and move north to West Lee Street. Normal work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, but there will be occasional night and weekend work. Starting Tuesday, to reduce traffic impacts, the contractor will work during several nights to grind off the old asphalt, if weather permits.

The Elliott/15th Avenue West corridor is one of the primary arterial streets leading in and out of Seattle’s Center City. Due to heavy use over the years, the pavement is in poor condition. This project is part of a program to prepare for increased traffic during major construction on the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s Central Waterfront section, to begin in late 2009.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 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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Seattle Department of Transportation

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