Next weekend (May 18 to 20) the southbound lane of 12th Avenue South will be closed at South Jackson Street in the Little Saigon neighborhood for First Hill Streetcar track construction.
SDOT’s contractor will close the street from 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 until Monday morning. Southbound vehicles will be able to turn east or west onto South Jackson Street. For vehicles traveling to Beacon Hill, the detour will be eastbound on S Jackson Street to southbound Rainier Avenue South, and then westbound on South College Street.
The detour will be signed to assist drivers traveling through this intersection. Local access, pedestrian access, and access to businesses will be maintained.
Uniformed police officers will be on-site to keep traffic moving at the South Jackson Street and 12th Avenue South intersection.
When complete, the First Hill Streetcar line will have 10 stations along a 2.5-mile route from Jackson and Occidental to Broadway and Denny serving employment centers, educational institutions, entertainment, cultural and sports venues, and residential neighborhoods while enhancing access to regional rail service like Link Light rail and Sounder trains. Once operational, approximately 3,000 riders each day are expected to use the First Hill line. It will provide service from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays, running at 10-minute intervals during peak and every 15 minutes at other times. A trip from Pioneer Square to the future Link Light rail station on Capitol Hill is anticipated to take just under 20 minutes.
The City of Seattle is developing the First Hill Streetcar in partnership with Sound Transit, with funding provided through the 2008 voter approved Sound Transit 2 (ST2) transit expansion plan. Completion is planned for mid- 2014.
For further information, visit the project Website at www.seattlestreetcar.org.