the word on the street March 2, 2007

Traffic Shift Scheduled for South Approach
Southbound vehicles will be re-channeled onto the newly- finished west side of the south approach late next week (or early the week after, depending on weather).

This change on the south approach will provide two lanes for southbound traffic between the steel bridge deck and the intersection with Nickerson/Westlake/Dexter. The new configuration will also restore access to Florentia Street and greatly improve the ability of vehicles to turn right after crossing the bridge.

This early reopening of the west side of the south approach is an example of how Mowat and SDOT have worked together to minimize impacts on Fremont and the adjoining communities whenever possible.

Right Turns on Northside Being Restored Too
Vehicles headed north across the bridge will once again be allowed to make a right-hand turn onto N. 34th Street. This change is scheduled for Monday 3/12, but-you guessed it-is weather dependent. The change will likely help relieve traffic on both Fremont Avenue and North 35th Street.

Night-time Closures Next Week
The bridge will be closed late at night all next week (depending on weather) to pour concrete for the west side of the north approach. The closures will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights (3/5-3/8) from 10PM through the wee hours of the following morning. If weather prevents work on any of these nights, that night's closure will be postponed to the following week, starting on Monday night.

As usual, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to cross without delay, but vehicular driving lanes will be blocked until possibly as late as 6AM.

  Fremont Bridge Gets A Submarine! (Cable)
A length of underwater cable will be laid across the bottom of the Lake Washington Ship Canal between the north and south bascule piers on Tuesday, 3/20. This cable will enable SDOT to integrate controls for the bridge with the traffic signals near the approaches-which will be really nice for them, and for us.

Noise Near the Center? Not Certain Yet
Construction plans call for removal of a section of paving along the east side of Fremont Avenue, from in front of Dusty Strings, past Costas and across 34th Street.

This noisy work-involving jack-hammers during normal business hours off and on for about two weeks-may be avoided however.

Alert engineers, always seeking ways of cutting costs and minimizing impacts, found partial evidence of a spare conduit that might be used instead. If so, no jack-hammering! If not, know that the noise you hear really was unavoidable...


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.