On Sunday, Dec. 8, a contractor will install overhead electrical wire for the First Hill Streetcar along South Jackson Street between Third Avenue South and Rainier Avenue South. During the first phase of this activity, from 5 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m., east- and westbound lanes will be shifted to the curb lanes so work can be performed in the eastbound travel lane. There will be short-term traffic delays at the intersections during this phase.
After the initial work, traffic will be shifted back to its normal position and work will begin in the following intersections, in this order, along Jackson (times are approximate):
- 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Third Avenue South, Second Avenue Extension South, Fifth Avenue South
- 5 – 10 p.m.: Eight Avenue South, 12th Avenue South, Rainier Avenue South
Construction vehicles will be working in each of these intersections for one to two hours. There will be no intersection closures and one travel lane will be maintained in each direction.
Police officers and traffic flaggers will direct traffic through the work areas. Expect lane reductions, lane shifts, overhead electrical work, work in the center of intersections and generally slower traffic. Access will be maintained to businesses and for pedestrians.
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 http://www.seattlestreetcar.org.