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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Coming to Pine Street: Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Transit Improvements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/5/2009  9:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



Coming to Pine Street:
Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Transit Improvements

SEATTLE -The Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT'’s) contractor is starting work this week on improvements to Pine Street, the primary corridor for pedestrians, bicycles and buses, that links downtown to Capitol Hill.

The contractor will start by building a sidewalk on the north side of Pine Street on the I-5 overpass, where no sidewalk currently exists. The westbound, curb lane will be closed for at least three weeks at this location.

An array of additional improvements will be installed on Pine Street between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. The contractor will provide mid-block curb bulbs for more efficient loading and unloading of bus passengers. New curb bulbs at intersections will shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians, and new curb ramps that meet current standards will be provided. The contractor will also install continuous, well-marked bicycle lanes and “sharrows.”

Drivers can expect periodic lane closures on Pine Street for this work, to be completed in August.

Traffic signal improvements at Pike Street and Ninth Avenue have already been completed in concert with WSDOT. The upgrade in hardware for the traffic signals at this intersection will allow SDOT give priority to buses in the future. At East Pike Street and Bellevue Avenue, a protected left hand turn will be provided on the traffic signal.

Please see the project Web site at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pike_pine_improvements.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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