In preparation for intersection improvements at Fifth Avenue NE and Northgate Way coming this summer, Seattle City Light will be closing Fifth Avenue NE at NE Northgate Way from 6 a.m. to noon on both May 5 and May 6. The weekend closures are necessary so that crews can remove existing utility poles and install two new 90-foot poles using a large crane. The crane will take up much of the roadway, and is necessary to lift and position the heavy poles.
While this utility work takes place, all travel lanes on Fifth Avenue NE will be closed as follows:
•Saturday, May 5: 6 a.m. to noon, from NE Northgate Way 300 feet north
•Sunday, May 6: 6 a.m. to noon, from NE Northgate Way 300 feet south
The road closures include sidewalks on the east side of Fifth Avenue NE. During the road closures Eighth Avenue NE is the suggested alternative route for drivers. Seattle City Light crews will also transfer overhead wires and underground connections to the new and relocated poles, which will require Fifth Avenue NE curbside lane restrictions through mid May. For more information on the Seattle City Light work, please contact Scott Thomsen at (206) 615-0978 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin work on the NE Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue NE Intersection and Pedestrian Improvements Project. This project is part of the Northgate Coordinated Transportation Investment Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/nctip.htm) and the Fifth Avenue NE Streetscape Plan, developed by the City of Seattle in conjunction with the Northgate community. Improvements to be made include:
•An additional left-turn lane from westbound NE Northgate Way onto southbound Fifth Avenue NE
•A landscaped median with trees on NE Northgate Way just west of the intersection
•An extended northbound Fifth Avenue NE right turn lane that turns eastbound onto NE Northgate Way
For more information, please visit the Seattle Department of Transportation project Web site at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/northgateintersection.htm.