The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of East Union Street and Broadway in the Capitol Hill neighborhood this coming Saturday, Aug. 16, from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. This closure is needed to do some paving repairs associated with construction of the First Hill Streetcar. Police officers and flaggers will be present to ensure access to businesses and residences in the area. Crosswalks and the protected bicycle lane will remain open.
The following detours will be provided (see a map at http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill.htm):
- Northbound traffic on Broadway will be directed east on Madison Street, north on 12th Avenue and west on Pike Street.
- Southbound traffic on Broadway will be directed west on Pike Street, south on Boren Avenue, and east on Madison Street.
- Eastbound traffic on Seneca Street will be directed south on Boren Avenue, east on Madison Street, and north on 12th Avenue.
- Westbound traffic on East Union Street will be directed west on Madison Street, and north on Boren Avenue.
SDOT’s contractor is completing testing of electrical systems, and the streetcar builder is currently completing manufacturing of six streetcars for the First Hill Line, and an additional car for the South Lake Union Line. Three cars will be built locally in Seattle, while four are being completed and tested at the car builder’s factory in the Czech Republic before shipping to Seattle. As the cars are completed this summer and fall, operational testing and operator training will begin in preparation for passenger service later this year.
The First Hill Streetcar will have ten stations along a two and a half mile route from South Jackson Street and Occidental Avenue South to Broadway and Denny Way. The City of Seattle has been 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.