The contractor working on Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar project will close the northbound lane of 12th Avenue South to through traffic from South King Street to South Jackson Street in the Little Saigon Neighborhood on the weekend of July 27. The closure will start on Saturday, July 27 at 7 a.m. and will continue until Monday, July 29 at 5 a.m. The Seattle Department of Transportation is reconstructing parts of South Jackson Street between Fifth Avenue South and 14th Avenue South for the First Hill Streetcar project, and the closure on 12th Avenue South is required for this work.
Detour: For traffic that would otherwise travel northbound on 12th Avenue South across Jackson Street, a detour will be set up starting south of I-90 on Beacon Hill. Traffic will be diverted eastward from 15th Avenue South at South College Street, then north on Rainier Avenue South, and west on South Jackson Street to arrive at 12th Avenue South.
The intersection of South Jackson Street and 12th Avenue South will remain open to eastbound, westbound, and southbound traffic. Also, 12th Avenue between South King Street and South Jackson Street will remain open to northbound local access traffic, and pedestrian access and access to businesses will be maintained.
When complete, the First Hill Streetcar line will have ten stations along a two and one-half mile route from South Jackson Street and Occidental Avenue South to Broadway and Denny Way. 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.