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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Neighborhood Projects begin in Ballard, Wallingford and Jackson Place

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/5/2009  11:15:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



Three Neighborhood Transportation Projects to Begin in Next Week

Community-developed projects ranging from sidewalk repair to traffic calming funded by Bridging the Gap

SEATTLE-Ballard, Wallingford and the Jackson Place communities will soon get street improvements they requested. SDOT will begin construction next week on the requests that were submitted through the Neighborhood Street Fund, a community-driven program funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters.

Ballard Avenue NW Sidewalk Repair-The sidewalk on the east side of Ballard Avenue NW will be repaired to make the walking experience safe and smooth. Sidewalk pavers will be replaced with exposed aggregate sidewalk. Tree pits will be elongated. New curb ramps will be installed where needed. Construction is anticipated to take four to five weeks.

N/NE 45th Street Sidewalk Repair-The sidewalk on both sides of N/NE 45th Street, from Stone Way North to 5th Avenue NE, will be repaired where needed to improve the walking environment. Forty new street trees will be added where there are gaps and tree pits will be elongated to improve tree health. Curb ramps will be installed where needed. Construction is expected to take four to five weeks.
18th Avenue S Traffic Calming-To reduce traffic speeds and cut-through traffic, two blocks of 18th Avenue S will be narrowed, between South King Street and South Lane Street. Planting strips will be widened by three feet and once construction is completed, on-street parking will be maintained. The work will take six weeks, depending on the weather.

A total of 17 projects were selected to be constructed as part of the Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project process in 2007. Projects were designed in 2008 and will be constructed in 2009. One project has already been completed - SDOT was able to coordinate with a Seattle Public Utilities project in the South Park neighborhood and complete a new sidewalk connecting the four-acre preserved farmland of Marra Farms to Concord Elementary School. The project was completed in 2008.

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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