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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Assisting with Pier 48 Void

5/21/2009  12:20:00 PM

SDOT Assisting with Pier 48 Void
Will inspect nearby city facilities

SEATTLE-Responding to the void this morning at Pier 48, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working with the property’s owner, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), as an extra precaution to inspect the area and protect public safety.

SDOT is deploying inspectors to examine nearby city facilities, like the adjacent city seawall, public sidewalk and the waterfront pergola, to ensure that they are not at risk from the condition of the Pier 48 seawall. The immediate area will be blocked off until all inspections are complete and the state and city have a fuller understanding of the integrity of the Pier 48 seawall. The nearby city seawall was last inspected as of summer 2008 and is in good condition.

The city will provide as much access through the area for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles as possible. We will additionally work with waterfront and Pioneer Square businesses and residents to keep them apprised of the situation.

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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