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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Paving to Start on Second Avenue from Pike to Jackson

6/23/2009  5:20:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Paving to Start on Second Avenue from Pike to Jackson

SEATTLE-This week the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will initiate a paving project on Second Avenue in downtown Seattle between Pike Street and South Jackson Street. Through the work of SDOT, the project will provide new concrete panels, upgraded curb ramps, improved sidewalks, drainage enhancements, and new lane markings.

Second Avenue from Pike to S Jackson streets is one of several downtown roadways being paved this year, funded in part by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation initiative. Originally scheduled for 2010 construction, this project was accelerated as part of Mayor Nickels’ “Seattle Jobs Forward” program to create jobs and boost the local economy.

Beginning Wednesday, June 24, two lanes will be closed to traffic 24 hours per day, 7 days per week while construction crews perform a variety of street-related improvements. For the early phases of construction work, two lanes of traffic will be closed on the west side of Second Avenue. During the first two weeks, the department will work primarily from Pike Street to University Street, Spring Street to Columbia Street and James Street to Washington Street. During construction, the bike lane may merge in places with general traffic. The project is expected to conclude this fall.

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.

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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