the word on the street January 23, 2007

Nighttime, not Weekend, Closures
A few more late night closures, similar to those used recently for girder installations, will take place over the next several months as construction continues on the west side of the bridge approaches.

These closures, affecting vehicular traffic between 10PM and the wee hours of the morning, are needed for trucks to deliver concrete for new roadway sections on the west half of the approaches. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to cross without delay, but vehicular driving lanes will be blocked during these times.

Advance notice of nighttime closures will be provided via the project listserve and on electronic signboards on the approaches.

Weather Conditions and Schedule Forecast
High winds, snow and ice have prevented the construction crews from making up any of the time lost to last summer's concrete strike. Completion of Phase II (and the reopening of the bridge to 2 lanes of traffic in each direction) is currently planned to occur in late May.

It is possible Mowat may be able to accelerate the schedule slightly, but it is also possible that weather and other unknowns might also cause further delays.

34th St. Ramp
The section of roadway which enables "free" right-hand turns for cars headed north across the bridge will be paved with asphalt as soon as we get a short stretch of weather dry enough (and warm enough). Hopefully reopening that roadway will occur in the next few weeks. This will also allow Mowat to remove the safety fencing next to the upper Adobe Plaza and the triangle where the "People Waiting for the Interurban" statue will be returned late this spring.

  Phase III Work Already?
Phase III of the project-upgrading the bridge's electrical and mechanical systems-has begun, even though the vast majority of this work will take place between June 2007 and spring 2008.

These upgrades will require about 5 full weekend closures of the bridge to all vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians - the first possibly as early as March. The closures are necessary to enable the massive gears to be replaced without obstructing marine traffic on the Ship Canal. Other than these closures however, the upgrades will not affect traffic on the bridge, since Phase III activity mostly takes place underneath the approaches.

Fremont's Center to Get Its Universe!
Fremont Arts Council enthusiasts, with the support of local businesses and residents, will soon bring to Fremont's center an entirely new Space, complete with luminescent planetary orbs, a glass inlay galaxy, and other astral bodies near the benches and landscaping coming to the north side of N. 36th at Evanston Street (just across from Lenin Square).

For more information on Space, or to volunteer on Fremont's latest interactive sculpture, go to www.fremontartscouncil.org.


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.