the word on the street June 16, 2006

East-side Demolition Nearly Complete
The “rubblization” of the east half of the bridge approaches is almost complete, and the crunching and hauling away of the debris is not far behind. Work will continue on removal of the beams next to 34th Street and some portions of the concrete (but not the steel inside) in this fenced off area.

Mowat will be working 24/7 during the girder erection (the week of June 25th). Then after taking a breather July 2-4th, crews will begin working two shifts: days (7AM to 4:30PM) Monday through Saturday, and nights (4PM to 2AM) Monday though Friday.

Upcoming Night-time Closures Preponed 1 Day
The Fremont Bridge will be closed from noon to midnight on Sunday June 25th, and 34th Street will be closed just east of the intersection with Fremont Avenue North from 6AM on Sunday, June 25th to 6AM on Monday, June 26th. Detour signs will actually be posted at Stone Way and Troll Avenue.

In addition, the bridge will be closed the following Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, from 10PM to 6AM the 26th, 27th and 28th. These closures were previously planned for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but time is money....

Friday the 13th came on Tuesday this month
Commuters were hit with a double whammy of bad luck on 6/13. The bridge was stuck open between 10:00 and 11:30AM when gearing (slated for replacement next spring as part of the electrical on mechanical systems upgrades) failed to mesh properly. Later on, the traffic signal at 34th and Fremont malfunctioned, showing steady red signals to all traffic in all directions for over an hour. An unlucky 13th for way too many commuters, especially considering it was not even a Friday.



  Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade This Weekend
Mere demolition of half the Fremont Bridge approaches can’t stand in the way of Fremont’s Summer Solstice Parade and the Fremont Fair. In fact, the only real impact the project will have on this year’s parade route will be elimination of spectator seating on the south side of 34th Street, for 100 yards east of Fremont Avenue. No parade spectators will be allowed next to the concrete jersey barriers in this area, across the street from Costa’s, Portage Bay Goods, Pontevecchio, and Capers.

Demolition activities have narrowed 34th Street in this portion of the parade route, making it impossible to accommodate spectators on both side of the street (and still squeeze the floats, musicians, dancers, etc. through the gap).

Stone Way Signal Now Active
The new signal at Stone Way North and Bridge Way North, including the new left turn arrow for northbound drivers, is now fully functional.

Congestion Solutions!
The City of Seattle and King County Metro are each offering promotions to reduce drive-alone traffic and congestion in Fremont. Depending on which one you qualify for, you can earn up to $150 on a debit style gift card. Please go to the new website for specific information about the incentives.

www.seattle.gov/waytogo/
commutercash.htm


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.