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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Highway 99 Off-ramp to First Avenue South to be Closed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/25/2008  1:30:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Highway 99 Off-ramp to First Avenue South to be Closed
Several Nights Between September 29 and October 3

SEATTLE- The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the Highway 99 off-ramp to First Avenue South for several nights next week starting as early as Monday, depending on the weather forecast, since the work requires a two-night window of fair weather. The ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. each night until 6 a.m. the following morning. The closure is needed to grind and pave the First Avenue South roadway at the bottom of the ramp.

When the First Avenue South ramp is closed, traffic will be detoured south to the Harbor Island Exit following South Spokane Street, turning left at SW Klickitat Way, then eastbound to West Seattle High Rise Bridge. Once across the West Seattle High Rise, drivers exit at First Avenue South.

The contractor will also work at night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on First Avenue South between South Atlantic Street and South Dearborn Street for the next three to four weeks grinding (September 29 - October 2), repairing (October 6 - 9), and paving (October 13 - 17) the roadway. The paving work is weather dependent. At least one lane will be open to traffic in each direction.

Other work will continue during the day on First Avenue South with occasional lane closures during off-peak hours. The contractor will take one day next week to correct a previously paved area in a 600-foot section of a single lane between South Mead and South Findlay streets.

Construction crews will finish this 2008 paving project with final restoration, clean-up and pavement markings in areas where paving is complete. The entire project is scheduled for completion by the end of October.

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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