The city’s ongoing work on the First Hill Streetcar will require a nearly three-week closure of the intersection at Yesler and Broadway in Yesler Terrace.
Expect to take a different route starting Saturday whether you are driving or taking the 27 and 60 Metro buses. Even after the roads reopen to vehicles, the buses will remain on a detour into April.
Sidewalks will remain open, and presumably people on bikes will be able to use those to get through the area as well (we have asked and will update if we learn differently).
More details from SDOT:
Beginning this weekend the intersection of Broadway and E Yesler Way in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood will be closed to through traffic for approximately three weeks to facilitate construction of the First Hill Streetcar. The closure will begin on Saturday morning, February 9, at 7:00 a.m. and continue until Thursday, February 28.
Through traffic will follow detour signs around the closure:
· Eastbound Yesler traffic will utilize 8th Avenue E, 9th Ave E, Jefferson St and Boren Ave
· Westbound Yesler traffic will utilize 12th Ave E, Jefferson St, 9th Ave E and 8th Ave E
· Southbound Broadway traffic will utilize Boren Ave
· Westbound Boren traffic will utilize James St, 9th Ave and 8th Ave
An additional road closure in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood is planned for the beginning of March. Beginning March 4 and continuing until April 4 E Yesler Way will be closed between Broadway and Boren Ave.
Local access, pedestrian access, and access to businesses will be maintained during this work.
The City of Seattle is developing the First Hill Streetcar in partnership with Sound Transit, with funding provided through the 2008 voter approved Sound Transit 2 (ST2) transit expansion plan. Completion is planned for spring 2014.
For further information, visit the project Website at www.seattlestreetcar.org.
Will 12th -> 14th & Jackson still be under construction this weekend?
Kind of — special — that Yesler Terrace is the only segment of the streetcar construction that is getting arterial streets closed for almost two months, leaving lots of people who are poor, old, disabled and transit dependent without reasonable access to bus stops. And no — it isn’t really FAR from the apartments between South Washington and South Main to the re-routed bus stops — or to 12 and Jackson. Far, no, but steep, very.
Would they close arterial streets if most of the neighborhood wasn’t poor? Probably not. But, hey, we don’t have any place we need to go.
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