The Center Will Soon Be Shifting
The shift to the new traffic signals and into the new lane configurations along 36th Street and down Fremont Avenue will occur in 3-6 weeks. Crews are now connecting the new traffic signals and controllers, and will soon be placing new traffic and turn lane stripes on the pavement. Please pay attention as the switchovers occur, being particularly careful of pedestrians in the new crosswalks!

After the switchover occurs a final round of lane closures will be needed to remove the old poles and patch up the corners where they used to stand.

No Truck or Bus Crossing During Phase II
SDOT has determined that it will NOT be possible to allow trucks or buses to safely cross the Fremont Bridge during Phase II of construction, when traffic will be limited to a single lane in either direction.

So, starting late May, passenger vehicles and pick-ups will be allowed to cross, but all other vehicles (trucks, step vans, buses, etc.) will be directed to use alternate routes.

Please pass the word along to your suppliers, in-house drivers and any customers who currently cross the Fremont Bridge. Let them know to use the High Road to Fremont (aka the Aurora Bridge) from May 2006 to April 2007.

Bridge Way To Get Switched Soon Too
The traffic lights for the on and off-ramps for Aurora Avenue at Bridge Way are now scheduled to take over for the all-way stop signs the week of April 17th.

The reconfiguration of the NW corner of Bridge Way and Stone Way has started, and will continue until late in May, requiring the temporary closure of the west side crosswalk for safety.

  Steve Hall, Project Inspector, in Fatal Accident
A key project team member was recently killed when his motorcycle hit a downed tree on Hwy 203 just north of Duvall. He was wearing his helmet at the time.

Steve was responsible for approving the work down under-the substructure being built below the Fremont Bridge Approaches. He combined a great sense of humor and easy-going style with a high degree of technical expertise and strong work ethic to become one of the City's most sought-after construction inspectors. Steve will be missed by his five grown children, as well as many friends and co-workers.

Open House April 26th - 5 to 8 PM at Adobe
An open house will be held the evening of April 26th in Adobe's conference center to present information on Phase II of construction. Come to hear about traffic restrictions across the bridge, changes to Metro bus routes, the overall project schedule and new and better routes into and through Fremont before Phase II begins in late May.

Phase II Kick-off Celebration - 5/14
And in case you can't make the Open House, or even if you can, plan on coming to the project's Phase II kick-off celebration event "Bridges to Fremont".

For More Info
If you have questions or concerns regarding the project please call SDOT Project Manager Lorelei Mesic at 206-684-5178 or lorelei.mesic@seattle.gov. Also, businesses may contact Art Brochet at 206-547-1008 or art@muirpr.com.