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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: First Avenue South between Stacy and Horton Overhauled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/19/2009  4:45:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



First Avenue South between Stacy and Horton Overhauled

SEATTLE-A portion of First Avenue South, between South Stacy and South Horton streets, is receiving a complete overhaul by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). The department will build a new street base, lay fresh pavement, install new curbs and new sidewalks, as well as replace existing water and storm drain lines. SDOT will essentially rebuild this entire section of street, which is more damaged than other areas along First Avenue S that were paved last year. The project is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Beginning Friday, February 20, an SDOT contractor will limit traffic to two northbound lanes and one southbound lane during the day on First Avenue S between S Stacy and S Forest streets. There will be no on-street parking in the construction area. Left-hand turns onto or off of First Avenue S will be restricted at many of the intersections. During the night, between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m., the street may be limited to one lane in each direction. Beginning in March, these lane closures will extend to S Horton Street and will continue until September.

Access from First Avenue S will be maintained for local businesses at all times, including Sears, Home Depot and Starbucks’ administrative offices. For trips to destinations outside this area, drivers are advised to use alternate routes such as East Marginal Way S, Fourth Avenue S or Airport Way S.

For more information about the project and to sign up for e-mail updates, visit the project web site at: www.seattle.gov/transportation/first_s_rebuild.htm.

During the construction, some Metro Transit service may be affected. Please check Metro’s website for updated information at www.kingcounty.gov/metro or call the Metro Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 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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