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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: New Cloures for Intersection near Safeco Field

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/5/2009  4:20:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Greg Phipps, WSDOT Communications, 206-464-1265 David Sowers, WSDOT Project Engineer, 206-802-3969
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


New closures for intersection widening near Safeco Field


SEATTLE - Drivers and pedestrians will face lane and sidewalk closures starting Friday morning as crews begin to widen Edgar Martinez Way near Safeco Field.

Starting at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 6, crews will close the southbound lane of Occidental Avenue S. at Edgar Martinez Way and the northbound right-turn only lane of First Avenue S. approaching Edgar Martinez Way. The Occidental Avenue S. closure means vehicles will not be able to turn south onto the street from Edgar Martinez Way. Drivers will still be able to turn right from northbound First Avenue S. to eastbound Edgar Martinez Way despite the turn lane closure.

Crews will also close the sidewalk between Occidental Avenue S. and First Avenue S. Pedestrians will be detoured to a fenced pathway through the "Outback" parking lot. All closures will be in place around the clock until mid-March.

The right eastbound lane of S. Atlantic Street just west of First Avenue S remains closed for widening on S. Atlantic Street.

Crews are widening the intersection of First Avenue S and S. Atlantic Street/Edgar Martinez Way to add turn and travel lanes. The widening is part of the SR 519 Intermodal Access project, which also includes a new westbound off-ramp connecting I-90 and I-5 to the existing S. Atlantic Street overpass and a vehicle and pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks on S. Royal Brougham Way. Work on the bridge and off-ramp is scheduled to begin this April. For more information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr519.

Visit our Web site for the complete construction update report: www.wsdot.wa.gov/northwest/king/construction/ .

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