the word on the street May 14, 2007

Almost There...
As this phase of the bridge replacement nears completion, there will be a flurry of closures, disruptions and detours as listed below, all for a good cause.

Tuesday AM Congestion for Signal Work
Traffic at the Westlake/Nickerson/Dexter intersection will be heavily congested during the replacement of the existing traffic signal mast arm with a new one Tuesday morning, 5/15. A police officer will route traffic, in turns, around the boom truck in the intersection during the mast arm replacement and signal head shift.

Expect significant delays after 9AM Tuesday morning at this intersection and across the Fremont bridge.

Bridge Closures Every Night This Week
The bridge will be closed to vehicles starting at 9PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this week and lasting through 6AM the following mornings.

The bridge will also be closed to ALL traffic-including bicycles and pedestrians-between 2AM and 6AM on Thursday and Friday morning.

East Side Sidewalk Detour Tuesday - Friday
Bicyclists and pedestrians will be directed to use the west side sidewalk starting Tuesday morning so crews can pour one last sidewalk segment on the eastern approach (just north of the bridge deck).

This final sidewalk pour will also limit northbound traffic to a single lane until the end of the week when the sidewalk will reopen.

  Double-Cross Delight in Less Than 3 weeks!
The reopening of all four lanes on the bridge approach will be formally celebrated Saturday 6/2 between 1 and 4PM with live music and many other attractions on both the Queen Anne and Fremont sides of the bridge. There will be an inflatable obstacle course (for kids, not cars!), a dancing dragon, trolls, a mystery scavenger hunt and many joyous Fremonsters.

Metro Buses to Return 6/2 As Well
Routes 26, 28 and 31 will resume their prior routes across the Fremont Bridge and bus stops will return to their prior locations on 6/2.

Phases I, II, and III - A Little History
Construction began in September 2005 with many improvements to Fremont's traffic circulation. Phase two of the project-the actual replacement of the bridge approaches-began almost one year ago, on May 22nd, 2006.

The third and final phase of the project is the replacement of the electrical and mechanical bridge operations equipment, which will continue through the Spring of 2008. Only a few full closures of the bridge will be required during this entire period, and will be announced in advance.


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.