Significant chunk of 15th Ave NE to be closed on Saturday

The second phase of the 15th Avenue NE Reconstruction has begun, and that means the action is heading further north.

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, a significant portion of 15th Avenue NE will be closed. Traffic headed east-west will have one lane each way on NE 50th St, and north-south traffic will detour to University Way NE.


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The SDOT Traffic Advisory:

A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation will close 15th Avenue NE between NE 45th Street and NE Ravenna Boulevard on Saturday, June 18, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for street improvements. General traffic and buses will be detoured to University Way NE. One lane in each direction will be maintained on NE 50th Street. The closure will allow the contractor to install new drainage facilities in this area.

Beginning next week, the contractor will begin removing and replacing the pavement on 15th Avenue NE between NE 50th Street and NE 55th Street. One lane for each direction of traffic will remain open.

This work is part of the second phase of the 15th Avenue NE Reconstruction Project, between NE 45th Street and NE 55th Street.

For more project information, please visit the project website at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_15thavene.htm

15th Avenue NE Reconstruction Open House scheduled

We all survived the NE 45th Street Viaduct Reconstruction Project. But there’s another BIG road project coming in early 2011 that we should all get informed about.

From an SDOT email:

Beginning in January 2011 the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will reconstruct most of 15th Avenue NE in the University District between NE Pacific Street and NE 55th Street. The roadway needs to be reconstructed to maintain an efficient and safe travel corridor for vehicles, pedestrians, and transit.

An open house to help neighbors learn more about the 15th Avenue NE Reconstruction Project is now on the calendar for Wednesday, December 8, at the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Ave NE), from 4-7 pm.

This project will be completed in phases, a block or so at a time (from NE Pacific St up to NE 55th St), and is projected to wrap up in October of 2011.ร‚ย  That is at least 10 months of construction on 15th Ave NE. You now have your motivation for attending the open house.

15th Avenue NE Reconstruction homepage

For more information on this project, visit the 15th Avenue NE Reconstruction Project site here.

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In related news, the contractor for the project has been selected (from same SDOT email):

SDOT recently awarded the construction contract for the 15th Avenue NE Reconstruction Project to Gary Merlino Construction, the lowest bidder. This contractor is experienced with the kind of work required for this project and has recently completed similar reconstruction projects in downtown Seattle.

And, because you can never start a project like this soon enough, some utility relocation work along 15th Ave NE will occur in December. Some southbound lanes south of NE 43rd Street will be affected.ร‚ย  Puget Sound Energy will be notifying property owners of service impacts before work begins.