SDOT signal improvements for transit at Rainier and Dearborn near completion
Crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation will close lanes on Rainier Avenue South at South Dearborn Street Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 10 to Dec. 12. Southbound traffic on Rainier will be reduced to a single lane, and one of the two northbound turn lanes from Rainier Avenue South onto westbound South Dearborn Street will be closed. In both cases, the restrictions will be in effect each day from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The work, which will involve removal of a small section of sidewalk in order to install new conduit and a signal cabinet foundation, will largely complete the transit and pedestrian enhancement begun last spring at this busy intersection. That construction included:
- A wider and realigned crosswalk on the north side of the intersection
- A wider sidewalk on the east side of Rainier, north of Dearborn
- New curb ramps to accommodate people using wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and for pedestrians with visual impairments
- Relocation of the pedestrian push-button poleIn the near future, an exclusive southbound bus lane and queue jump on Rainier Avenue South between South Weller Street and South Dearborn Street (which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week) will enable Metro’s Route 7 and other buses to travel more quickly and efficiently through this busy intersection.