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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Construction update on First Ave S

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/26/2009  4:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



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SEATTLE - The Seattle Department of Transportation is completely reconstructing First Avenue South between South Stacy Street and South Horton Street. Weekday traffic restrictions on First Avenue South will go into effect on Monday March 2 and will remain in effect until September 2009. During this period, daytime traffic (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will be limited to two northbound lanes and one southbound lane with no parking on either side of the street.

At night and on weekends beginning Friday, February 27, traffic will be limited to a single lane in each direction. These nighttime closures will continue as needed for the duration of the project.

The contractor will first install a 24-inch water main. During this phase, as much work as possible will be done at night (6 p.m. to 7 a.m.) and weekends to minimize traffic disruptions. When the water main is completed, crews will replace the east side of the street including the sidewalk, working both days and nights.

Until the project is completed, no left hand turns will be allowed off of First Avenue South except at South Lander Street, and left hand turns onto First Avenue South may be restricted at some intersections in the construction zone.

Access from First Avenue 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

For information or questions about transit service, please call Metro Transit customer service at: 206-553-3000, or visit Metro Transit online at: http://www.Kingcounty.gov/metro

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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