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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Sidewalk Improvements Starting in Alki, Belltown, and First Hill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
3/11/2009  5:45:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



Sidewalk Improvements Starting in Alki, Belltown, and First Hill

SEATTLE-The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is starting sidewalk improvements during the next few days at three locations. The projects were requested by neighborhood organizations through the Neighborhood Street Fund large projects program, and funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative, approved by Seattle voters.

Alki Avenue Sidewalk -The Alki Community Council requested this improvement to fill in a gaps in the sidewalks along the water side of Alki Avenue SW, just west of Alki Beach to Beach Drive SW. The new sidewalk will provide a safe, accessible pedestrian walkway while minimizing impacts to parking and adjacent properties. SDOT’s contractor is scheduled to begin Monday, March 16 and expects to finish before the end of May, weather permitting.

Belltown Pedestrian Improvements -The Belltown Housing and Land Use Committee proposed this project which will repair sidewalks and replace trees along Third Avenue between Vine and Lenora streets. The work will improve pedestrian safety, and the health and vitality of street trees along the corridor. SDOT’s contractor plans to begin Friday, March 13 and to complete the work by mid-April, weather permitting.

First Hill Pedestrian Improvements (Eighth Avenue)
The First Hill Improvement Association requested that the sidewalk along Eighth Avenue between Marion and Cherry streets be improved. SDOT’s contractor will rebuild the sidewalk and install pedestrian lighting. The contractor plans to start work on Monday, March 16 and to complete the project by mid-April, weather permitting.

Construction updates will be posted to the project websites at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/btg_nsf.htm

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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