the word on the street March 30, 2007

Vehicle Traffic Swap Planned for Next Week
Southbound vehicles will be shifted over to the newly-finished west side of the north approach next Thursday night - April 5th - during another late night vehicular closure (weather permitting). As usual, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to cross without delay during the closure, but vehicular driving lanes will be blocked between 9PM and 6AM Friday morning.

Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be kept on just the east side for a while longer, with a shift to the west side planned later on to allow the last few east-side sidewalk sections to be poured.

So What Else Is Left?
Two major structural elements remain before the approach work is complete; concrete paving to close the gap between the east and west sides of the north approach, and demolition/concrete work on pier 7.

Beyond that, it is just a thousand and one little details.

Grinding Noises Come in Two Flavors
Sometimes crews just need to grind off the paint stripes that mark traffic lanes. Fremont will get a taste of this noise next week in preparation for the upcoming swap: short and sweet, at least in comparison to the other kind.

A heartier sound is dished out when the pavement itself is ground down nearly to the underlying base (to eliminate ruts and allow placement of traffic signal control loops). This deeper, meatier grinding noise, along with a lingering aftertaste, will be on Fremont's table late in April or early May as portions of repaving are served up by SDOT on several arterials near the bridge.

  Fremont Neighborhood Awareness Event
Everyone is invited to attend a very special Fremont event Tuesday, April 10th from 5:30-7:00PM hosted by Adobe Systems. A host of local groups, non-profits, and city departments will be represented at an open house-Fremont Arts Council, Fremont Neighborhood Council, BF Day School, Literacy Source, Solid Ground, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, The Workshop, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Department of Neighborhoods, plus many others.

In addition, Seattle City Council member Sally Clark will speak about revitalization of Neighborhood Plans and SPD specialist Neil Hansen will talk about crime prevention. If you are curious about what's coming up or going down in Fremont, stop by Adobe's 701 Building (via the main lobby off Canal Street) for deeper awareness & light refreshments.

Celebration Planned - Save the Date!
With the end of the bridge approach work approaching (if not yet in sight) The Fremont and QA Chambers of Commerce are planning a celebration. So mark your calendar for Saturday, June 2nd - details to follow!

For More Info
If you have questions or concerns regarding the project please call SDOT Project Manager Lorelei Mesic at 206-684-5178 or Also, businesses may contact Art Brochet at 206-547-1008 or