Bridge Painting – Fourth Avenue Over Argo Rail Yard Rescheduled

Painting of the Fourth Avenue South Bridge over the Argo Railroad Yard in SODO, previously scheduled for the evenings of April 15-17 has been rescheduled due to rain.  The work, which will require the closure of both the northbound and southbound curb lanes, will instead take place this coming Saturday, April 19, from 7 a.m. until midnight.

The lane closures are needed to enable the crew to paint the steel railings on the bridge.  (The crew is also painting the structural steel components on the underside of the roadway.)  One travel lane in each direction will be maintained, and the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will remain open.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is repainting this bridge, as well as the First Avenue South Bridge over the same Argo Railroad Yard, as part of the City’s ongoing asset preservation effort that provides for the periodic painting of each of the City’s structural steel bridges.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.6584.8114

35th Avenue NE, at Thornton Creek, to be closed for 6 months

Project will prevent local flooding, create habitat for threatened salmon

Beginning as early as May 5, part of 35th Avenue Northeast will be closed for approximately six months while the city’s longest creek is reshaped to prevent chronic flooding and restore habitat for threatened salmon and other species.

For years, the confluence of the North and South branches of Thornton Creek, just east of 35th Avenue Northeast, has been prone to flooding. High waters have frequently inundated nearby homes, Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook Community Center and closed the road to traffic.

To fix the problem, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will remove an undersized culvert under 35th Avenue Northeast and realign the existing creek channel through a new two-acre flood plain. The wider channel and flood plain connection will help native fish habitat by spreading out and slowing the peak flows of Thornton Creek.

Additionally, the project will construct a new bridge under 35th Avenue Northeast slightly north of where the creek currently runs.

To perform the work, it will be necessary to close a section of 35th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 110th Street and Northeast 105th Street, for about six months. 35th Avenue Northeast will be open only to local access traffic, including access to the Meadowbrook Community Center from the south.

Traffic will be detoured from 35th Avenue Northeast to Lake City Way Northeast via Northeast 110th Street and Northeast 95th Street. Detour signs will be in place prior to the closure.

Southbound Metro buses (Route 64 and 65) will be detoured to Lake City Way Northeast via Northeast 110th Street and Northeast 95th Street. Northbound Metro buses will be diverted to Sandpoint Way Northeast via Northeast 95th Street and Northeast 110th Street. As the closure date approaches, more information will be found at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/.

Historically, the Thornton Creek Confluence Reach was 170 acres of partially forested wetland that included most, if not all of the low-lying property now occupied by the Meadowbrook Playfield, Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook Pond west and east of 35th Avenue Northeast.

SPU is working with federal scientists (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Science Center) to measure project performance by comparing existing conditions with post-construction changes in flood plain storage, habitat conditions and biological response (abundance and diversity).

Along with the ecological benefits of restoring stream and flood plain processes to the Thornton Creek Confluence Reach, the project will reduce the City’s operating costs at nearby Meadowbrook Pond by reducing the frequency of dredging needed at the Pond (currently averaging every three to five years).

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities’ Thornton Creek Confluence Project: www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek.

Follow SPU on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SeattleSPU.

In addition to providing a reliable water supply to about 1.3 million residents in the Seattle metropolitan area, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region’s environmental resources.

Contact: 

Andy Ryan, Seattle Public Utilities Communications, (206) 684-7688

Seattle Freight Advisory Board Seeks New Members

The Seattle Freight Advisory Board (SFAB) is accepting applications for new members. The volunteer board, which was created by the Seattle City Council in 2010, will play an important role in developing Seattle’s Freight Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on the development of a functional and efficient freight system, and on all matters related to freight and the impact that actions by the City may have on the freight environment.

Board terms are two years, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Members should live in Seattle or represent a business or organization that has a significant presence in Seattle, and may not be city employees. The board meets the third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Seattle City Hall.

Mayor Murray and the City Council are committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, youths, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by April 30, 2014, to Christopher.Eaves@seattle.gov with “SFAB” in the subject line. Interested persons without internet access may call 206-684-7583.

To learn more about the board or join the mailing list for agendas and other board updates, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/sfab/default.htm.

 

Three More Parklets Added to Seattle’s Pilot Parklet Program

The Seattle Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the inclusion of three additional parklets in the 2014 Pilot Parklet Program:

• Equilibrium Fitness in West Seattle (3270 California Ave SW)
• Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse in Madison Valley (2818 E Madison St)
• Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District (2001 E Union St)

This brings the total for the pilot program extension to 13 new installations, joining three parklet locations that were approved in 2013 as part of the initial phase of the program. The parklet hosts will work with SDOT over the next several months to design, permit, and construct their parklets with the goal of opening this summer.

Parklets, which convert a small number of on-street parking spaces to public space, serve Seattle communities by activating streets and promoting economic vitality. After selecting 10 of 14 parklet applications in late March, SDOT received additional information and statements of community support for the applications that initially were not chosen for the program. Staff met with applicants to reconsider their parklet proposals and determined that the newly presented ideas for their parklets would make them excellent candidates for the program.

Expanding the Pilot Parklet Program to 13 parklets provides SDOT with additional opportunities to evaluate parklets in neighborhoods throughout the city before making a recommendation on a permanent program later this year.

For more information about parklets or SDOT’s Pilot Parklet Program, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parklets.htm.

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