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SUBJECT: City Builds Two New Blocks of Sidewalk on Pine Street

6/12/2009  1:20:00 PM

City Builds Two New Blocks of Sidewalk on Pine Street
SDOT making Seattle a more walkable city

SEATTLE - Improving an important pedestrian route between Capitol Hill and downtown, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has completed two blocks of new sidewalk along Pine Street as it crosses over I-5. With support from the Bridging the Gap transportation levy, the department built an eight-foot wide sidewalk with curb ramps from Terry Avenue to Minor Avenue, replacing the two-foot curb area pedestrians previously had used.

“By adding another sidewalk over the highway on Pine Street, SDOT has enhanced a key pedestrian corridor between Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle,” said SDOT Director Grace Crunican. “With aid from Bridging the Gap, we’ll continue to improve pedestrian facilities and make walking throughout Seattle easier.”

This project is part of the Center City Access Strategy, which seeks to make improvements in the Center City area to better serve transit, pedestrians and bicyclists. The new sidewalk will be followed shortly by a new pedestrian crossing signal at Boren Avenue as it crosses Pine Street. Other SDOT improvements supporting this effort are curb bulbs on Pine Street from Summit to Belmont avenues that will allow for more efficient bus passenger boarding. These are currently under construction and will be completed by the end of summer.

Bridging the Gap is the $365 million levy passed by Seattle voters in 2006. It enables much-needed work by the Seattle Department of Transportation, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge maintenance, and tree planting. The levy also supports the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plans, enhanced transit connections and large Neighborhood Street Fund projects. In 2009, 25 blocks of sidewalk will be constructed as part of Bridging the Gap.

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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