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SR 99 section north of downtown Seattle to get first big repaving since '99

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 15:18

Tom Pearce, communications, 206-440-4696

During next two years crews will replace asphalt, some concrete between Roy Street and 145th

SEATTLE – Ninety-nine just feels like a special number. We celebrated a new millennium at the end of ’99. The greatest hockey player of all time wore 99. Nena sang about 99 red balloons.

And ’99 was the last time State Route 99/Aurora Avenue north of downtown Seattle was repaved. When a major rehabilitation project for the highway kicks off next week, there won’t be 99 red balloons floating in the summer sky to mark the occasion, but people need to be prepared.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin repaving both directions of Aurora Avenue between Roy Street near the Seattle Center and North 145th Street on Monday, July 9. Crews will:

  • Remove and replace old asphalt.
  • Replace some concrete panels with asphalt.
  • Remove asphalt and install concrete pads at 11 bus stops.
  • Replace about 50 curb ramps to provide better sidewalk connections for people of all abilities.

Plan ahead

Most of the work will take place at night, but some daytime lane closures are necessary. At least one lane of SR 99 will remain open in each direction throughout the project. Crews will accommodate business and residential access. The closures details are:

  • One lane at 7 p.m. and a second lane (in three-lane sections) at 8 p.m.
  • One lane weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during non-peak travel times
  • Weekdays, all lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. for the morning commute
  • Weekends, short sections of the right lane will close from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Sunday, and the adjacent lane nightly from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bus pad work.

The $16.8 million project will take about two years to complete. The repaving project does not include the George Washington Bridge over Lake Union, which is part of a separate project.

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