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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Fourth Avenue Paving Begins in Downtown Seattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
3/20/2009  5:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



Fourth Avenue Paving Begins in Downtown Seattle
Bridging the Gap funds roadway improvements

SEATTLE-On March 23, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will undertake a major downtown roadway project by paving Fourth Avenue. One of many improvements to city streets this year, this work will help keep people, goods and services moving, especially when major construction is underway on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The enhanced roadway will feature new concrete and asphalt pavement, upgraded curb ramps and bulbs, areas of replaced sidewalk, new bicycle facilities, and improvements to increase transit speed and reliability. This work will provide a smoother and safer journey for bicyclists, commuters and freight.

Work will begin on the east side of Fourth Avenue between Olive Way and Blanchard Street, and will later extend to Denny Way. Most work will occur on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., though some work will take place at night or on weekends. SDOT will strive to keep two traffic lanes open on Fourth Avenue south of Lenora Street and one lane open north of Lenora Street. Temporary lane closures will be necessary, as will pedestrian detours and parking restrictions, but access to businesses and parking garages will be maintained.

This paving project is funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation initiative. The $365 million levy enables much-needed work by the Seattle Department of Transportation, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge upkeep, and tree pruning and planting.

Regular notices with information on paving projects will be issued throughout construction. For more information or to sign up for updates, please visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/2009_2010_pave.htm. Roadway users should also note that Seattle Public Utilities is repairing a sewer line on Second Avenue between Pine and Stewart streets, expected to be completed mid-April. SDOT will pave Second Avenue after the sewer work is completed.

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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