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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Bicycle Improvements on Second & Fourth Avenues Scheduled to Start in June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
6/19/2008  9:15:00 AM
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Bicycle Improvements on Second & Fourth Avenues Scheduled to Start in June

The Bicycle Master Plan and the Center City Access Strategy identify Second and Fourth avenues as the main north/south bike routes through Downtown. In support of this, starting on June 21st the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will make improvements to these streets to upgrade bicycle routes and increase rider safety. This work is anticipated to be completed within two to three weeks. Please note this work is weather dependent.

Specific improvements include:

Second Avenue

• Add a white line between the existing bike lane and the on-street parking.

• Install green bike lane markings at potential vehicle/bicycle conflict points at eastbound intersections, between Virginia Street and Yesler Way.

Fourth Avenue

• Install a bike lane on the west side of Fourth Avenue between Yesler Way overpass and Spring Street. This requires the removal of on-street parking and loading zones on the west side of the street south of Marion Street. SDOT is working with building tenants who use the existing loading zones to identify alternate options.

• Install shared lane markings (“sharrows”) between Spring and Virginia streets. This will not change the current parking configuration or loading zones.

• Install green bike lane markings at potential vehicle/bicycle conflict points at westbound intersections, between Jefferson Street and Spring Street.

For the safety of the general public and SDOT crews, much of the work will take place on weekends, possibly starting early morning (7 AM). Temporary “no parking” signs will be posted 48 hours prior to the start of work, and vehicles that remain parked during restricted times will be towed. Near work zones, lane restrictions will be necessary, and the grinding required to remove existing paint lines will be a source of noise and dust. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout the work.

For further information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/24bike_improvements.htm

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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