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November 16, 2009

Lander Festival Street ribbon-cutting celebration
Please join SDOT Director Grace Crunican and the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Council at 10am on Saturday, December 5th to officially open the new street.  

Construction Update

12/3/09 The Lander Festival Street was completed today and reopened to all traffic.  

11/16/09 The new roadway and all new sidewalk is complete on the Festival Street. Pedestrian lighting has also been installed. This week the granite pavers will be placed in the center of each rectangle and landscaping will be completed.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is creating a Festival Street on S Lander Street between 16th Ave S and 17th Ave S. This street will serve as an extension of the plaza north of the Beacon Hill Sound Transit station and provide a space for community festivals and events. Removable bollards will allow the roadway to be closed to motor vehicles during events.

This project was requested by the North Beacon Hill Community Council through the Bridging the Gap 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:

  • Constructing a new roadway with decorative pavers at the same level as the existing sidewalks to create a “curb-less” street
  • Adding bollards and other side treatments to delineate the roadway surface with the street is open to vehicles
  • Installing pedestrian-scale lighting

Construction is scheduled to occur in Fall 2009.

What to Expect During Construction

  • Pedestrian detours
  • Road closure of S Lander St between 16th Ave S and 17th Ave S
  • 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

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

Megan Hoyt, SDOT Project Manager, (206) 684-5127,

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