Upgrading your mass transit infrastructure ain’t pretty — traffic on Broadway is going to be a mess this weekend as contractors pour the first concrete around these new tracks on Broadway. Here’s the update from the city — we translate it for you below.
Pine Street will be closed this weekend to eastbound and westbound traffic at Broadway in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood to facilitate construction of the First Hill Streetcar. This closure will begin at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14th and continue until Monday, July 16th at 3:00 a.m. North and south travel on Broadway will have a reduced number of lanes but will not be closed.
Detours will be posted and will utilize Bellevue, Pike and 12th. Northbound traffic on Broadway may turn right at Pine Street. Southbound drivers on Broadway will have no turn options at Pine Street. Local access, pedestrian access, and access to businesses will be maintained during the work.
According to the Seattle Department of Transportation rep CHS spoke with, the key area in the detours will be E Olive Way and Bellevue as drivers attempting to travel east or west on Pine near Broadway will be directed to Pike. Signs in the area will indicate the streets are open to “local access” — you’ll be able to drive to neighboring merchants but you won’t be able to travel through Broadway on Pine.
Meanwhile, drivers traveling northbound on Broadway will also be detoured down Pike to Bellevue and on to E Olive Way if they should wish to continue their circuitous path to north Broadway. Drivers from the north will be detoured to E Olive Way as well. Meanwhile, as the sign shows, Broadway is supposed to be off-limits to bicycles in the area so you shouldn’t be there anyway, bike people. Walkers? SDOT says all four corners of the Pine/Broadway intersection should be open to your perambulatory ways.
You can sign up for email construction bulletins and get more information about the ongoing project at seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill.htm. We reported on many of the changes, issues and opportunities with streetcar construction ahead here as we move toward the start of service in 2014.