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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Fifth Avenue Nighttime Paving Work Starts September 8

9/5/2008  12:00:00 PM

Fifth Avenue Nighttime Paving Work Starts September 8

SEATTLE-The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin nighttime paving work on Fifth Avenue beginning Monday, September 8. The department will grind off the old asphalt and pave Fifth Avenue between Denny Way and Marion Street. This nighttime work, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., allows the paving to be completed in a two-week period and will minimize its impact on roadway users and the neighborhood.

The work will be completed in two phases. During Phase I crews will grind Fifth Avenue from Denny Way to Olive Way from September 8-11. They will pave the same roadway stretch from September 12-13. Phase II will repeat the process by grinding Fifth Avenue’s surface from Olive Way to Marion Street from September 15-17 and then paving from September 18-20.

During the work on Fifth Avenue, there will be lane closures and detours, parking restrictions, and rerouting of pedestrians. There will also be moderate construction noise, vibration and dust, and night-time lighting will be required. A strong odor will likely occur during paving.

While the grinding work is taking place, there will be intermittent cross street interruptions. During paving, cross streets will be closed except for local access traffic. While traffic will be rerouted, a minimum of one lane will remain open on Fifth Avenue throughout the work. Access to all businesses will be maintained but detour routes may be necessary. Uniformed officers and flaggers will be onsite to offer assistance.

Please note that much of the work, especially paving, is weather-dependent and may require adjustments to the schedule. The project team will do its best to minimize the impacts of this work. For questions or to highlight concerns, please call the Fifth Avenue Project Information line at 206-615-0505.

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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