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June 18 , 2009

Construction Update

6/18/09 This project is complete. Final inspection will happen in June with any outstanding items being taken care of by the end of July

4/30/2009 Concrete work is complete. Tree planting will take place in the next 1-2 weeks.

4/1/2009 Concrete work has begun on the block between Vine Street and Wall Street and the block between Battery Street and Bell Street. Demolition is beginning on the block between Lenora and Virginia Streets.

3/19/2009 Demolition work has begun on the northern portion of the project (the block between Vine and Wall Streets). Tree removal will begin for all blocks on Thursday, March 19.

3/5/09 Work is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 13, depending on weather. There will be parking restrictions along the project boundaries as needed. The contractor will put up no parking signs on the affected block(s) 3 days before construction begins on that block.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will repair sidewalks and replace trees along 3rd Ave to improve pedestrian safety and the health and vitality of street trees along the corridor.

This project was requested by the Belltown, Housing and Landuse Subcommittee.  The funding came through the Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF).  NSF is a community-based program that is administered by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.  

Improvements include:

  • Sidewalk repair to reduce safety hazards
  • Tree pit enlargement
  • The installation of new, healthy street trees to replace trees in decline

Construction is scheduled to occur between late March and April depending on weather.

For construction access issues, please contact Gary Merlino Construction, Brian Smedley at (206) 762-9125 (office) or (206) 730-0642 (cell).

What to Expect During Construction

  • Pedestrian detours
  • Parking restrictions
  • Moderate to high construction noise and dust for a short period of time
  • Typical work hours 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Monday thru Friday
  • Business access at all times

For construction access issues, please contact Gary Merlino Construction, Brian Smedley at (206) 762-9125 (office) or (206) 730-0642 (cell).

Thérèse Casper, SDOT Project Manager, (206) 684-8764,

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