Eighth Avenue South to become one-way for one block to accommodate First Hill Streetcar tracks

The Seattle Department of Transportation will be converting the one block segment of Eighth Avenue South between South Lane and South Dearborn streets from its current two-way configuration to one-way southbound over the weekend of Nov. 8-9 (weather permitting). The traffic revision is necessary to accommodate the streetcar track on Eighth Avenue South that runs between the streetcar route on South Jackson Street and its Operations and Maintenance Facility, located on the south side of Dearborn.

The traffic revision will permit the exclusive use of the streetcar in the lane containing the track, while retaining on-street parking on both sides of Eighth Avenue South, along with a lane of southbound general purpose traffic. This southbound configuration is intended to serve as a couplet with Seventh Avenue South, which is currently one-way northbound between Airport Way South at I-90 and South Lane Street. As such, drivers will travel northbound on Seventh Avenue South and southbound on Eighth Avenue South.

Additional information about the First Hill Streetcar can be found at www.seattlestreetcar.org.