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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Update on Traffic and Bike Lane Closures on University Bridge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
1/16/2009  4:30:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Update on Traffic and Bike Lane Closures on University Bridge

SEATTLE-Painting preparation (pressure washing and sandblasting) has started on the University Bridge. On January 19, the contractor will close the center lanes of the bridge for pressure washing work. The outside traffic lanes, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks will not be affected.

On January 20, the contractor will close the west side, southbound traffic and bicycle lanes to complete pressure washing work.

It will be necessary for the contractor to close the east side, northbound traffic lane and also bicycle lane for several days between January 21 and January 23, to allow sandblasting work to take place. This schedule depends on weather conditions. The lane closures will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The inside northbound lane and the southbound lanes will remain open, as well as walkways on both sides.

Following the above closure, the contractor will switch to work on the west side of the bridge (probably January 26-30, if weather conditions permit). Then the west side, southbound traffic lane and also bicycle lane will be closed for several days. The lane closures will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The inside southbound lane and the northbound lanes will be open, as well as walkways on both sides. For southbound access across the bridge, bicycles can use the southbound walkway.

The purpose of this project is to extend the life of the University Bridge. The project includes washing, removing rust and damaged paint, applying primer paint where necessary and repainting all of the structural steel on the bridge. The railings and light and power poles will also be repainted. The project is scheduled for completion this summer.

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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