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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: E Duwamish Waterway Bridge construction begins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4/21/2009  9:30:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



Improvements to Begin on
East Duwamish Waterway Bridge to Harbor Island

SEATTLE - The Seattle Department of Transportation is rehabilitating the East Duwamish Waterway Bridge which crosses the East Duwamish Waterway on SW Spokane Street. The Duwamish Bridge serves as one of the principle routes for trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians, as well as general traffic, traveling to and from West Seattle communities and Harbor Island.

The project includes correcting structural deficiencies, replacing the existing asphalt overlay, replacing expansion joints, and repairing potholes and cracks in the concrete. The project will be completed in early 2010.

The bridge will remain open to traffic, with the two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane open during peak times. There will be occasional single eastbound and westbound lane closures during non peak nighttime hours and/or weekends, but these will be kept to a minimum.

The sidewalk on the south side (eastbound direction) of the bridge will be closed for the entire duration of this project and also during the construction of the East Marginal Way Grade Separation funded and managed by the Port of Seattle.

Eastbound pedestrians and bicyclists are advised to follow the signs along SW Spokane Street as well as Klickitat Avenue SW and utilize the designated crosswalk to cross over to the north side of the bridge where they can share the sidewalk with westbound travelers. Bicyclists, using extreme caution, may also choose to ride in the roadway along with motor vehicles.

The project is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative approved by Seattle voters in 2007.

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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