The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has found a way to add about 20 new on-street parking spaces in Pioneer Square. This week SDOT crews and a contractor will re-stripe portions of South Main Street between First and Fifth Avenues South that will result in the addition of the new spaces. South Main Street will be revised from one-way to two-way operation. SDOT will also add an on-street bicycle rack on South Main Street as part of these changes. This effort is in response to a recommendation from the recent Pioneer Square Revitalization Project, a city-community partnership, to free up parking spaces for shopping and visitor use.
The use of South Main Street is likely to be reviewed again in advance of the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. At that time, engineering staff will consider how a variety of streets, including South Main Street, would be best utilized to ensure people and transit move as efficiently as possible in the wake of the closure. However, any changes are not expected for several years and would only be made after opportunities for public review and involvement. In the meantime, Pioneer Square will benefit from additional on-street parking for customers and visitors.
For more information about the Pioneer Square Revitalization Project, please visit the project web site at: http://www.seattle.gov/economicdevelopment/pioneersquare.htm.
For more information: Mike Estey, (206) 684-8132
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