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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Central Area Pedestrian Improvements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/11/2009  2:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



Work to Begin on Pedestrian Improvements by
Powell Barnett Park in the Central Area

SEATTLE-A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plans to begin Thursday, May 14, constructing pedestrian improvements on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way adjacent to Powell Barnett Park.

This project was requested by the Leschi Community Council through the Neighborhood Street Fund, a community-based program that is administered by SDOT and funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters.

Improvements include:
  • Raised crosswalk at E Alder Street to reduce vehicle speeds at the intersection where pedestrians are crossing.
  • Median island at E Jefferson Street.
Median islands provide a protected place for pedestrians to stand mid-point when crossing a multi-lane street, allowing pedestrians to negotiate one direction of traffic at a time. In addition, the median island can have a traffic calming affect by visually narrowing the roadway, usually resulting in reduced speeds.

Construction should take three to four weeks. On-street parking will be restricted in the construction area.

For more information, please contact Thérèse Casper, (206) 684-8764, therese.casper@seattle.gov or see the SDOT Web site at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/btg_nsf_central.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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