With the final segment on Cherry Street now finished, the City of Seattle has completed its three-year effort to repave key streets to and through Seattle’s downtown. Over that time frame the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has rebuilt and repaved 101 lane-miles, with 86.5 of those within or leading to the Central Business District (see attached map). In order to complete this significant body of roadway work, the City invested more than $80 million in paving from 2008 through 2010.
“We need to take care of our streets,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “The City’s arterial repaving program is important to give everyone a smooth ride. We save money in the long run by investing in regular maintenance of our city streets. I commend SDOT staff for getting this important work done and for efficiently spending the funding approved by Seattle residents in Bridging the Gap.”
Some of the streets improved in this three-year effort were:
-Second Avenue – Yesler Way to Denny Way
-Third Avenue – Spring Street to Virginia Street
-Fourth Avenue – S Jackson Street to Denny Way
-Fifth Avenue – Marion Street to Denny Way
-Stewart Street – First Avenue to Eastlake Avenue
-Virginia Street – First Avenue to Boren Avenue
-Olive Way – Third to Sixth avenues and Ninth to Terry avenues
-Broad Street – Alaskan Way to First Avenue
-Wall Street – Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue
-Marion Street – Western Avenue to Sixth Avenue
-Cherry Street – First Avenue to Third Avenue
-S Dearborn Street – Fifth Avenue S to Tenth Avenue S
The funding for this paving work comes from the voter-approved Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy and includes $3 million spent solely for “Complete Streets” elements to foster sustainability and give Seattleites better choices for mobility. These elements include street trees, lighting, pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements, and accommodations for public transit.
The City sought to complete downtown street work before construction began on the Central Waterfront’s Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project — a goal now met. With the downtown core better prepared for traffic expected during that project, SDOT will now focus on paving more neighborhood streets. Roadways including 15th Avenue NE in the University District, N 85th Street in Greenwood and Dexter Avenue are on the docket next, also funded with BTG dollars.
In 2006, Seattle residents passed the Bridging the Gap levy, which provided new funds for paving. However, City streets have deteriorated over a long period of time and there is a large backlog of paving needs. To ensure Seattle receives the greatest benefit from these funds, SDOT repairs the busiest streets first, taking into account condition, cost, transit use, volume of traffic and several other criteria.
For more information: Leanne Nelson, (206) 684-3897
Media contact: Richard Sheridan, (206) 684-8540