the word on the street Date, 2006

Circulation Nearing Completion
The signals on 36th Street at Phinney and Dayton are working and the curbwork is finished; the signals on Fremont at 35th, 36th and 39th are scheduled to be activated this week. In addition, the signal at 36th and Evanston should go into "flash mode" this week and be fully operational next week, as will the one at Nickerson and 3rd (and Florentia).

The new striping is applied in some places and coming soon in others: please be careful in this period of transition.

Even the signals for the Aurora on and off ramps at Bridge Way are now working: check it out!

Bridge Traffic Restrictions to Start May 22nd
Phase II will start on May 22nd (weather permitting) with traffic rechanneled to the west side of the Fremont Bridge and its approaches. This configuration, with a single shared pedestrian/bicycle lane, one vehicular lane in each direction, and no trucks or buses, will be in effect until spring of 2007.

Demolition of East Half Comes Next
Before the new approaches are built the old ones must be removed. Actually not so much removed as knocked apart, torn down, crunched up, and hauled off (to be recycled).

While taking the east half of the approaches down, the crews must avoid damaging the new columns and piers just finished underneath. They will of course also leave the west half of the approaches standing, at least for now, since that's where the traffic will be crossing until October.

Make no mistake about it; this is noisy, dirty and disruptive work. Mowat crews will be working 2 shifts-perhaps from 6AM to 11PM-to finish this difficult work quickly but safely.

  June Weeknights Closure Dates Set
The Fremont Bridge will be closed to ALL traffic (vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians) from 10PM to 6AM on the following weeknights: June 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 27th, 28th and 29th.

In addition, the bridge will be closed from noon to midnight on Sunday June 25th, and 34th Street will be closed just east of Fremont from 6AM that same day to 6AM on Monday, June 26th.

The closures the week of June 12th are needed to take exact measurements on the bridge's gears, a process that will have one or the other of the two bridge leaves up in the air for hours at a time. The closures the week of June 25th are for placement of new girders on the east half of the new approach, when traffic must be stopped for crane access, girder delivery and safety. Both closures may allow for some periods of foot/bicycle traffic.

These closures, originally planned to take place over several weekends, are likely to be the only ones needed until sometime in October after traffic is shifted to the newly-built east side.

Bridges-to-Fremont Celebration This Sunday, 5/14
This Mother's Day will be particularly festive in Fremont; we're celebrating the completion of the "Work Down Under and All Around" with fun activities for kids, Moms, and other nice folks. In addition to volunteers running chalk art contests and a scavenger hunt, project staff will be around to answer questions.

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.