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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Roadway Improvements Underway

7/10/2009  5:20:00 PM

Seattle Roadway Improvements Underway

SEATTLE - With a boost from the voter-approved Bridging the Gap, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is paving some of Seattle’s most traveled roads this year. SDOT will ensure that people and goods can easily travel through Seattle and that the downtown is prepared for the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. When completed these street improvements will benefit all users - drivers, mass transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The department would like to thank Seattle travelers for their patience as the roadway construction season coincides with summer events. The short period of good weather provides a small window to complete an aggressive list of projects.

SDOT is trying to minimize the impact of construction, however, several projects will affect both traffic and surrounding neighborhoods. Second Avenue will remain restricted to two lanes for the next four weeks and starting Tuesday, July 14, work shifts to its east side between Pike and Washington streets. With only two lanes available and buses loading in the curb lane, only one lane will effectively be open to through traffic, so drivers are advised to use an alternate route. Work will occur tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Second Avenue at Columbia Street and Marion Street, and again during the day tomorrow.

Originally scheduled for 2010 construction, the work on Second Avenue (Pike to Jackson) was accelerated as part of Mayor Nickels’ economic stimulus package to create jobs and revive the local economy. Second Avenue is one of several streets the city is improving this year, funded in part by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation initiative. Pike Street (1st to 2nd avenues) and Fourth Avenue (Denny to Olive) are already finished. Underway are: First Avenue S (S Stacy to S Horton streets), Second Avenue (Denny Way to Pike Street), Fourth Avenue S (Airport Way S to Royal Brougham Way), Fauntleroy Way SW (SW Alaska to SW Holly streets) and Stewart Street (1st to Eastlake avenues). Paving work will also occur on Wall Street (5th to 6th avenues), Marion Street (Western to 6th avenues) and Broad Street (Alaskan Way to 1st Avenue).

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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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