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Grace Crunican, Director Contact: Rick Sheridan, 206.684.8540
 For Immediate Release
 July 22, 2009
City Announces Midyear Bridging the Gap Progress
SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced today that the city is on track to meet 2009 goals for 
 Bridging the Gap
(BTG). SDOT Director Grace Crunican thanked Seattleresidents for the voter-approved initiative and stated, “Residents are seeing the results of their BTGdollars. SDOT is steadily improving city streets, bridges, sidewalks and bike facilities, making it easier and safer for everyone to travel around Seattle.”Significant progress has been made by the city across a number of important BTG areas:
Major asphalt and concrete paving projects are underway on some of the city’s most traveled streetsand more than 20 lane-miles of paving will be completed by the end of this year. Work is underwayin West Seattle, downtown and south of downtown.
More than 17,575 square feet of sidewalk have been repaired and the equivalent of five new blocksof sidewalks have been built. Additionally, 42 schools now have improved school zone signage and32 pedestrian countdown signals have been installed. The Rainier Valley, Magnolia and the CentralDistrict are among areas where pedestrians are already benefiting from these new enhancements.
Eight Neighborhood Street Fund large projects have been completed and 10 Pedestrian Master Plan projects have been installed in neighborhoods from Madison Park to First Hill to the UniversityDistrict.
 Nearly six lane-miles of bike lanes and sharrows, and seven miles of bike route signs are finished,allowing residents of Magnolia, View Ridge and Delridge to enjoy new bike facilities.
Crews have already replaced nearly 3,000 regulatory traffic signs and 1,000 street name signs thisyear. They have also remarked more than 300 crosswalks and restriped more than 500 lane-miles of arterial streets citywide.
Approximately 680 street trees have been planted so far this year, more than 800 street trees pruned,and a half-acre of landscaped areas restored to good condition across Seattle.Large projects supported by the
 Bridging the Gap
transportation initiative have also moved forward withdesigns completed for the Mercer Street Corridor, the Fourth Avenue off-ramp of the Spokane StreetViaduct in construction, and an advertisement for bids made on widening the Spokane Street Viaduct.(MORE)During the first two years of the levy the city has delivered on the promises made by
 Bridging the Gap
.The Seattle Department of Transportation has paved more than 68 lane-miles of road, secured 20,000new hours of transit service, constructed 28 blocks of new sidewalk, repaired 38 blocks of sidewalk,
Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3900, PO Box 34996, Seattle WA 98124-4996Tel: (206) 684-ROAD (684-7623), Internet address: http://www.seattle.gov/transportationAn equal employment opportunity employer. Accommodations for people with disabilities provided on request.
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Greg Nickels, Mayor

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