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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: News Advisory: Repairs Coming Next Year for Battery Street Tunnel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10/15/2008  4:15:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
KaDeena Lenz 206-267-3836
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Repairs Coming Next Year for Battery Street Tunnel


(SEATTLE)--Repairs will begin next fall for the aging Battery Street Tunnel connecting the north end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct to Aurora Avenue N. As part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program, this work will improve driver safety in the Battery Street Tunnel by installing a new fire alarm system, a new sprinkler system, tunnel closure signs and signals, new ventilation fan controls, and new lighting. Crews will also reinforce the roof beam connections and add an emergency exit stairwell in the southbound tunnel.

Along with the upgrades, the short on- and off-ramps at Western Avenue just south of the Battery Street Tunnel will be closed to general traffic and converted to emergency access/maintenance ramps. Construction is expected to last up to 18 months.

WSDOT, King County, and the City of Seattle are hosting an open house to share information about these improvements and other important safety projects coming to Belltown and the surrounding downtown area, including:
* City of Seattle paving projects
* Proposed improvements for the Mercer Corridor
* King County RapidRide improvements

The North End Projects Preview will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the Mountaineers Building, 300 Third Ave. W, Seattle. Join us to learn how WSDOT, King County, and the City of Seattle are coordinating construction activities, and improving safety and traffic flow in the area. The Battery Street Tunnel project is one of six Moving Forward projects designed to repair or replace about half of the Alaskan Way Viaduct by 2012.

For more information, please visit the Web site, www.alaskanwayviaduct.org


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