Beginning on Saturday, June 1, there will be partial intersection closures on South Jackson Street in the Chinatown/International District. Streetcar track, switches and platforms for the First Hill Streetcar are being constructed down the center of South Jackson Street, restricting north- and southbound traffic across the construction zone.
Beginning Saturday, June 1, and continuing until Friday, July 19, Sixth Avenue South will be closed to through traffic at South Jackson Street. Right turns will be permitted from north- and southbound Sixth Avenue to Jackson Street as well as from east- and westbound South Jackson Street to Sixth Avenue South.
From Saturday, June 8, until Friday, June 14, Maynard Avenue South will be closed to through traffic at South Jackson Street. Right turns will be permitted at this intersection.
From Saturday, June 15, until Friday, June 21, Seventh Avenue South will be closed to through traffic at South Jackson Street. Right turns will be permitted at this intersection.
Advance warning signage will be displayed to assist drivers traveling through these intersections, and local access, pedestrian access, and access to businesses will be maintained.
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. The streetcar will serve 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 spring 2014.
For further information, visit the project website at www.seattlestreetcar.org.
Contact: Marybeth Turner, 206-684-8548