September & Second Avenue

This month several downtown paving projects wrap up, including the two projects that rebuild Second Avenue all the way from Denny to Jackson. Along Second from Pike to Denny, crews have completed all concrete lanes, intersection reconstructions, and grinding of old asphalt, all while maintaining traffic access. Continuing to work overnight shifts to minimize traffic disruptions and keep the project moving, the team now prepares for final paving. They will first repair the concrete base throughout the corridor, which is sorely needed. In some areas crews found the roadway worn down to just a few inches. They’ll replace the worn roadway with 10 inches of concrete, and two inches of asphalt on top of that.
2nd Ave. Paving Crews

2nd Ave. Paving Crews

The paving of Second Avenue from Denny to Pike is expected to be finished by mid September. 

Meanwhile, concrete panel replacements on Second Avenue between Pike and Yesler are done and the roadway is completely reopened to traffic after being restricted to two lanes since late June.  Crews are now focused on the area between Yesler and Jackson, where the Second Avenue Extension will be completely reconstructed through the end of September.  Approximately half of the complicated intersection of Second Avenue Extension, Third Avenue and Main Street is complete after crews worked all weekend to pour the central most panels.  This was no simple task with four different Metro trolley bus maneuvers and the water front street car tracks to work around!

2nd Ave. Paving Nearly Completed

2nd Ave. Paving Nearly Completed