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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Eastlake Pedestrian Improvement Project to Begin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/14/2009  5:30:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



Eastlake Pedestrian Improvements to Start May 18

SEATTLE-The Seattle Department of Transportation’s contractor plans to begin construction of pedestrian improvements on East Newton Street in the Eastlake Neighborhood on Monday, May 18. The project is located on Newton between Eastlake Avenue East and Franklin Avenue East and is designed to fill in missing pedestrian connections and improve safety in the Eastlake neighborhood.

The improvements were requested by the Eastlake Community Council as part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program that is administered by the Seattle Department of Transportation and funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

Project elements include:
1.  Adding a half-block of missing sidewalk on the northern side of East Newton Street.
2.  Installing curbs on both sides of the street to delineate the roadway and allow for trees to be planted in the planting strip.
3.  Making the sidewalk on the southern side of the street more accessible by removing a laurel hedge.
4.  Building a stairway to connect the alley to East Newton Street.

During construction, East Newton Street will be open for local access only. The contractor expects to complete the work in four to five weeks assuming favorable weather.

For construction updates, visit the Eastlake sidewalk project website at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/btg_nsf.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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