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Work to Begin on 20th Ave NE Sidewalk

June 2, 2009

SEATTLE—A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plans to begin construction on Monday, June 22, of pedestrian improvements on the eastern side of 20th Ave NE between NE 96th & NE 98th Streets. The new sidewalk fills in a missing gap in the sidewalk network and connects Sacajawea Elementary to the existing sidewalk on NE 98th Street.

The project funds come from the Neighborhood Street Fund, a community-based program that is administered by SDOT and funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters.

Construction should take approximately six weeks depending on weather. On-street parking will be restricted in the construction area and the road will be open to local access only.

Any plants that are impacted by the construction of the sidewalk should be moved by adjacent property owners prior to June 22.  If plants are not moved, the contractor will remove them for you and assume you do not want them.

In addition, SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program will be building a sidewalk on the western side of 20th Ave NE between NE 95th & NE 96th Streets, adjacent to the entrance of Sacajawea Elementary.  For more information about this project, please contact the project manager, Brian Dougherty, at (206) 684-5124 or via email at brian.dougherty@seatttle.gov. The construction of these to projects is being coordinated so as to minimize impacts to adjacent property owners.

For more information, please contact Thérèse Casper, (206) 684-8764, therese.casper@seattle.gov or see the SDOT Web site at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/btg_nsf_sacajawea.htm.

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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