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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Block of Pike Street Roadway Rebuilt in Five Days

5/22/2009  1:00:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

SDOT Rebuilds Pike Street Block in Five Days

SEATTLE—Working to aggressively improve city streets, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) this week rebuilt a block of Pike Street in just five days. The full street reconstruction, occurring between First and Second avenues, includes new pavement, new curbs, upgraded sidewalk sections, and enlarged tree pits.

“Our crews worked at an accelerated pace all week, aiming for a record completion in just five days to finish before the holiday weekend,” said SDOT Director Grace Crunican. “As a major entryway to the Pike Place Market, this improved roadway retains its historic character and will now better serve pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists traveling to the market.”

The department took care to preserve the unique character of the area, using techniques such as salvaging granite pavers for street tree pits, and was careful not to impact First and Pike’s cobblestone intersection. While fully reconstructing the street, crews maintained access to the all-way crosswalk at First Avenue as well as bicycle and pedestrian access along Pike.

SDOT took advantage of nearby work on Fourth and Second avenues to repair the deteriorated section of Pike Street. This reconstruction and paving project was funded in part by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative approved by Seattle voters. The levy enables much-needed work by SDOT, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge maintenance, and tree planting.

Photos are posted on the SDOT project website:

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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