The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close lanes for paving at several locations on downtown streets this weekend when traffic volumes are lighter, weather permitting. SDOT’s contractors will pave the intersections of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way and Fourth Avenue and Cherry Street, and will also work on Fourth Avenue between James and Main streets.
Fifth Avenue between Virginia Street and Olive Way will be reduced to one lane west of the monorail. The parking and traffic lanes east of the monorail will be closed. The closure will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 20 and the lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, February 22.
During the same times, Olive Way between Fourth and Sixth avenues will be reduced to two eastbound traffic lanes. Westlake Avenue between Stewart Street and Olive Way will be reduced to one lane of traffic. The crosswalk on the south side of the Olive Way/Fifth Avenue/Westlake Avenue intersection will be closed. Uniformed police officers will be on site to keep traffic moving.
A paving contractor will also work in the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Cherry Street. The east side of the intersection will be closed from 7 p.m. on Friday, February 19 and will reopen by late Sunday, February 21. Two lanes will remain open on Fourth Avenue at Cherry Street on Friday and Sunday; however, the street will be reduced to one northbound lane on Saturday. Cherry Street will be closed between Fourth and Fifth avenues, and traffic will be detoured to Marion Street which is the next eastbound street to the north of Cherry.
Crews will complete pavement finishing work on Fourth Avenue at Main Street and between Jefferson and James streets on Saturday, February 20. Beginning Saturday afternoon, Fourth Avenue will be reduced to one lane in places for several hours. All lanes on Fourth south of James Street are expected to open by Saturday evening.
The paving projects are funded in part in part by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.
For information: George Frost, (206) 615-0786
Media contact: Marybeth Turner, (206) 684-8548