This summer, crews working on the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Spokane Street project will begin the final step to complete the new eastbound Fourth Avenue off-ramp, connecting the ramp to the upper roadway. The work is expected to start in early July and take up to six weeks, requiring the closure of the eastbound right-hand lane of the upper roadway, between First and Fourth avenues. With the completion of this work, the ramp will be opened to all traffic.
Just prior to this final step, the eastbound lanes of lower Spokane Street between East Marginal Way S and Fifth Avenue will open to traffic, except for occasional closures to accommodate the work for connecting the new Fourth Ave off-ramp to the upper Spokane Street roadway.
More details regarding specific timing and traffic impacts of this work will be available as we approach July.
The 60-year-old S Spokane St Viaduct carries 65,000-70,000 vehicles daily between I-5 and the West Seattle Bridge. Once the entire project is completed, the elevated roadway between Sixth Ave S and East Marginal Way will have wider lanes and shoulders, a new westbound acceleration /deceleration lane, and an additional eastbound lane between First Ave S and Fourth Ave S (leading to a new Fourth Avenue S off-ramp). The project also includes seismic strengthening of the viaduct, and a new 10-foot wide sidewalk on the north side of lower S Spokane Street that can accommodate pedestrians and bicycles.
For information about construction closures for this project and other projects, please visit Construction Closures in Downtown Seattle and SODO at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/sodo_latest.htm
For more information: LeAnne Nelson, (206) 684-3897
Media contact: Marybeth Turner, (206) 684-8548