Bicyclists who are accustomed to crossing the South Park Bridge will need to take a different route over the Duwamish River when the bridge closes, starting June 30. This week the Seattle Department of Transportation will install sharrows on a route connecting with the bicycle path on the First Avenue South Bridge, the closest alternate route over the river.
The sharrows (shared lane markings) remind drivers to share the lane with bicycles. (For more information on sharrows, see http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/sharrows.htm )
This is the first of several traffic improvements the city is making in the neighborhood to prepare for the South Park Bridge closure. Additional changes that affect traffic operations more will occur on and shortly after the date of the bridge closure.
The sharrows will be installed at the north end of South Park on South Holden Street from West Marginal Way South; where the Duwamish River Trail ends to Fifth Avenue South, on 5th Avenue S from S Holden Street to S Kenyon Street; and S Kenyon Street from 5th Avenue St to 7th Avenue S. Sharrows will also located on South Cloverdale Street from 8th to 14th Avenues, and on South Henderson Street from the Duwamish River Trail (west of 10th Avenue S) to 14th Avenue South.
This project is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.