A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation in collaboration with King County Metro will begin working as early as Monday, Jan. 27, on extending overhead trolley wires on Denny Way from First Avenue to Third Avenue. This work will require temporarily closing one lane on Denny Way, starting on the north side of the street at Broad Street and moving west towards Queen Anne Avenue and then back up the south side of Denny Way to Third Avenue, as well as a short distance on Third. Crews will relocate poles and install wires.
These lane constrictions will only be in effect during weekday work hours of 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Police officers will be present to ensure the safety of both motorists and pedestrians. The contractor expects to complete the work mid-March.
Metro Trolley Bus Routes 1, 2, and 13 currently operate both inbound (towards downtown) and outbound along First Avenue and Broad Street. However, by installing inbound trolley wires on Denny Way (where they would connect with existing southbound service on Third Avenue), travel times will be reduced by two minutes per trip, generating annual operating savings of over $3 million.
The project will also require the temporary closure of some sidewalks, but temporary sidewalks will be provided. Access to all businesses, residences, and institutions will be maintained through construction.