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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Lighting Improvements for the University Bridge

2/6/2009  4:00:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Lighting Improvements for the University Bridge

SEATTLE-On Monday, February 9, the city of Seattle will begin rehabilitating the aging lighting system on the University Bridge. Seattle City Light with the assistance of Seattle Department of Transportation, will replace the 90-year-old wiring on the bridge, repair or replace the conduit system and handholes, and replace the luminaries (streetlights). The departments anticipate completing work on the lighting system by the end of April.

These city crews will work alongside an SDOT contractor currently painting the steel structure. That work is to be completed this summer. The contractor is finishing a round of surface preparation this week and on Monday will begin a three-week period of painting, weather permitting.

To accommodate the painting work, the contractor will continue closing the outside vehicle lanes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., switching sides of the street each week. Plans are to close the southbound outside vehicle and bicycle lanes next week (February 9-14) and to close the northbound outside vehicle and bicycle lanes the following week (February 16-20), weather permitting. The bicycle lane on the opposite side of the bridge may be closed for work on the lighting system. When the bicycle lanes are closed, cyclists are encouraged to use the sidewalks.

For more information on the painting project, please see

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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