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2008 Arterial Asphalt & Concrete Program

Fifth Avenue Paving Project

Revised November 7, 2008


In July 2008, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and its contractor (Wilder Construction, Inc.) began work to repave Fifth Avenue. This marked the first major downtown paving project undertaken by SDOT in more than a decade.

In less than four months, the project team repaved over 3.5 lane miles of Fifth Avenue between Denny Way and Marion Street and upgraded more than 30 pedestrian ramps and 70 crosswalks.

We are pleased to announce this work was completed ahead of schedule and on-budget.

The contractor is currently tying up loose ends and anticipates completing all aspects of the job by mid-November. Minimal impacts are expected between now and then.

The Fifth Avenue Paving Project was funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation Levy passed by Seattle voters in 2006. BTG has enabled the SDOT to make critical transportation improvements in every neighborhood and Seattle’s downtown core.

Additionally, the paving of Fifth Avenue is part of a larger effort to keep people, goods and services moving during construction of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement by preparing downtown core streets to handle more vehicles.

Many thanks for working with us to complete the Fifth Avenue Paving Project. Your patience and cooperation while crews conducted the necessary work was truly appreciated.

Hope you enjoy your new road!

Fifth Avenue Project Team

Project Description

Bridging the Gap

Each year, SDOT repaves a number of streets to improve the pavement condition and promote smoother, safer, and quieter streets. In 2008, we are repaving Fifth Avenue. This project is part of the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

The project replaces asphalt, repairs the concrete or brick base beneath it, and adds new or upgraded curb ramps. The brick pavers between Pine Street and Olive Way will remain. Many existing drainage grates are being replaced with “bicycle friendly” grates that do not trap bicycle tires, and traffic signal detector loops are being upgraded to sense bicycles waiting for traffic signals. After paving is completed, SDOT will coordinate with adjacent property owners about the installation of street trees. Please call 684-TREE if you have an interest in tree selection.

Project Location

  • Fifth Avenue from Marion Street to Denny Way

What to Expect During Construction

  • Lane closures
  • Pedestrian detours
  • Parking restrictions
  • Moderate construction noise and dust
  • Normal work hours will be 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., with occasional night time and weekend work
  • Regular notices with more location specific information during construction
  • Click here to read the FAQs

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