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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Thornton Creek at Decatur Elementary School Sidewalk Project to Begin

5/19/2009  4:00:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Thornton Creek at Decatur Elementary School
Sidewalk Project to Begin

SEATTLE-The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin work next week on sidewalk improvements at Thornton Creek at Decatur Elementary School. The improvements will be made on the north side of NE 77th Street between 40th Avenue NE and 43rd Avenue NE. SDOT’s contractor plans to begin preliminary site work on May 20, and to begin construction on Tuesday, May 26, following the Memorial Day Holiday.

The Wedgwood Community Council requested the work through the Neighborhood Street Fund, a program funded by Bridging the Gap which was approved by Seattle voters. The project will include:
  • Enlarging the existing sidewalk to the city’s standard six-foot width
  • Installing curbs, and planting additional trees
  • Restoring on-street parking
  • Installing a bus load/unload zone on the eastern end of NE 77th Street
  • Installing curb ramps where necessary
In addition, SDOT is working with Seattle Public Utilities to install a natural drainage system next to the eastern half of the sidewalk project. This green infrastructure will take water that would traditionally go into pipes and allow it to permeate into the planting strip to support plants and trees.

To see a drawing of the project, please visit For more information, please contact Therese Casper, (206) 684-8764.

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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