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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Improves Downtown Stewart Street

4/13/2009  12:50:00 PM

SDOT Improves Downtown Stewart Street

(SEATTLE) - This week the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin its Stewart Street improvement project to help keep people, goods and services moving, especially when major construction is underway on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Providing a smoother and safer journey for pedestrians, bicyclists, commuters, and freight, the roadway will feature new concrete and asphalt pavement, upgrades to curb ramps, replaced areas of sidewalk, and expanded tree pits. It also includes bicycle facility improvements and a peak-hour transit lane to increase transit speed and reliability. The work will begin the week of April 13, starting at Yale Avenue and then moving west toward First Avenue, and will be complete by late November 2009.

Most work will occur on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., though some will take place at night or on weekends. Work at most intersections, and the segment between Eastlake and Yale avenues will take place on weekends beginning April 17. Yale Avenue between Stewart and John streets will be closed to through traffic for several weeks as of April 13.

Near the construction zone, traffic will be limited to two lanes between Eastlake and Fifth avenues and one lane between Fifth and First avenues. Temporary lane closures will be necessary, as will some weekend intersection closures. The work will also require pedestrian and vehicle detours, and parking and loading restrictions. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project.

The Stewart Street paving project is one of many improvements to city streets this year. It is funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation initiative. Information on paving projects will be issued regularly throughout construction and more information can be found at

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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