the word on the street July 21, 2006

Construction of East Approach On Track
Mowat crews have been hard at work since the end of June when the girders were set, and construction of the new deck is coming along nicely. Once the forms for the east approach are completed and the rebar secured in place, the new concrete deck will poured (early in August).

After the concrete has cured for ten days and the deck forms have been removed, concrete edge barriers will be lifted into position and then cast in place.

Next Traffic Change in Mid-September
Preparations for moving traffic from the west side of the approaches to the newly finished east side are scheduled to begin just after Labor Day, with mid-September the target for making the shift. Other than this shift to the east, traffic flows will remain the same, with one vehicular lane in each direction and a shared bicycle/pedestrian path.

There will still be no turns permitted at 34th Street for northbound vehicles, as the ramp leading onto east-bound 34th Street will remain under construction for several months.

Sometimes No News is Good News
As the construction work has settled into its own groove behind the orange fencing, the impacts on Fremont have also settled down. Traffic delays are pretty consistent, noise levels steadier, and-although great progress is being made-there just aren't as many changes to report on week to week.

So, Fremont's Frequent Flyer will be a little less frequent in the future-every 3 or 4 weeks instead of every other week. During periods of rapid change or significant impact we'll revert to the bi-weekly schedule to keep you well informed.



  Traffic Flowing, Smiles Growing
Traffic flows-not only north-south across the Fremont Bridge, but east-west on both sides of the ship canal-have apparently improved significantly in the past few weeks. Some people have remarked that, except for the evening commuting hours, it may be better than it was last summer, before construction began!

This happy state of events may be attributed to a variety of factors: commuters using the Aurora Bridge (the High Road to Fremont), summer schedules for schools (SPU and the UW) and vacation schedules and (perhaps not least) the efforts of SDOT's Traffic Operations group in coordinating the signals throughout Fremont to minimize delays and maximize volumes.

(On the other hand, maybe it's just the price of gas.)

Save the Date(s)!
It's not too soon to mark your calendar now for some of the free fun in Fremont's future:

Tour de Fat - August 12th
Oktoberfest - September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th
Head of the Lake Regatta - November 11th & 12th
Art Walk (First Friday of each month)
Music in the Garden at History House (2-3PM every Sunday thru the end of August)


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.