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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

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

5/14/2009  12:30:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

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

SEATTLE-A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has rescheduled the start date, now to begin approximately May 27, for constructing pedestrian improvements on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way adjacent to Powell Barnett Park.

Construction is estimated to take two to three weeks (shortened from the original three to four weeks). On-street parking will be restricted in the construction area.

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.

For more information, please see the SDOT Web site 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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