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July 20 , 2009

Construction Update

7/20/2009: This project is complete.

4/30/2009 Concrete work is complete. Lighting will be installed in mid- to late June.

4/1/2009 Concrete work has begun on both sides of the block between Marion and Columbia Streets. Next week demolition will begin on the block between Columbia and Cherry Streets.

3/19/2009 8th Ave between Marion & Columbia Streets will be closed to through traffic for the duration of construction on this block. Access to the parking lot will be maintained.

3/5/09 Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16, 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) is making pedestrian improvements along 8th Ave from Marion to Cherry Streets to make the walking surface safe and smooth.  In addition, pedestrian lighting will be installed to enhance the walking environment.

This project was requested by the First Hill Improvement Association 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:

  • Rebuilding the existing sidewalk
  • Enlarging the tree pit area to keep the existing trees healthy
  • Installing pedestrian-scale lighting

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

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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