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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Fourth Avenue Paving in Belltown Finishes Ahead of Schedule

6/26/2009  2:00:00 PM

Fourth Avenue Paving in Belltown Finishes Ahead of Schedule
Bridging the Gap roadway project completed one month early

SEATTLE - Today the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will finish paving 4th Avenue, from Denny Way to Olive Way, accomplishing the work one month ahead of schedule. The enhanced roadway features new concrete and asphalt pavement, upgraded curb ramps and bulbs, areas of replaced sidewalk, and improvements to better support mass transit. Crews will stripe the roadway today to note vehicle lanes and pedestrian crossings, and extend bicycle sharrows further north.

Fourth Avenue is one of several streets the city is improving this year, funded in part by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation initiative. Other paving projects set for 2009 include:

-Pike Street (1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue) - completed in May
-Fauntleroy Way SW (SW Alaska Street to SW Holly Street) - work underway
-Stewart Street (1st Avenue to Eastlake Avenue) - work underway
-1st Avenue S (S Stacy Street to S Horton Street) - work underway
-2nd Avenue (Denny Way to Pike Street) - work underway
-2nd Avenue (Pike Street to Jackson Street) - work underway
-4th Avenue S (Airport Way S to Royal Brougham Way) - will begin June 29
-Wall Street (5th Avenue to 6th Avenue) - will begin in July
-Marion Street (Western Avenue to 6th Avenue) - will begin in July
-Broad Street (Alaskan Way to 1st Avenue) - will begin in September

Originally scheduled for 2010 construction, the work on Marion Street and 2nd Avenue (Pike to Jackson) has been accelerated as part of Mayor Nickels’ economic stimulus package to create jobs and revive the local economy.

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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