First Hill Streetcar Project: Stay Informed Here

First Hill Streetcar Project: Stay Informed Here

By Dana Lewis
Digital Media & Internal Communications | Swedish Blog Administrator

Read the “Weekly Project Update” to find out what to expect each week during construction.
Visit
Seattle's First Hill Streetcar page for more information about the First Hill Streetcar project.

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The City of Seattle is constructing the new First Hill Streetcar Line. This line will cover 2.5 miles and serve Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, International District and Pioneer Square; improving connections and access to businesses, medical centers and schools. The First Hill Line will have 10 stations, 6 streetcars, and connect with bus lines, Link light rail, commuter rail, ferry and water taxi, and the local bike network.

The First Hill Line is the next step in the Seattle Streetcar project after the successful opening of the South Lake Union Line in 2007. Our goal is to keep you informed on how the construction may impact your travel to and from the First Hill and Cherry Hill campuses. We will keep this blog post updated throughout the project and let you know of any planned traffic detours or lane closures, until the opening of the line in mid-2014.

Here are some useful links to learn more about the First Hill Streetcar Project:

Stay tuned for updates posted here as we keep our patients, visitors and staff informed on the construction progress of the First Hill Streetcar Line. We'll also post relevant updates about impacts to our campuses on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Past Updates:

3/26/2014 Update: Southbound Broadway will be closed between James Street and Jefferson Street from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 29. Also on Saturday, Minor Avenue will be closed in both directions between James Street and Broadway from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. These closures are for the delivery and installation of an electrical substation for providing power to the First Hill Streetcar. Police officers and traffic flaggers will be present to ensure access to businesses and residences in the area and the following detour will be provided: Southbound traffic on Broadway will be directed: West on James Street to Boren Avenue; South on Boren Avenue to Jefferson Street; East on Jefferson Street to Broadway.
Other lane closures on March 29:
SDOT will close two north-south streets at their intersections with South Jackson Street on Saturday, March 29. Fifth Avenue South will be closed on both sides of South Jackson Street from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 12th Avenue South will be closed on both sides of South Jackson Street from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The closures are for asphalt paving work associated with the First Hill Streetcar Project. The work requires fair weather and will be rescheduled if the forecast is not favorable. Detour routes will use nearby arterial streets; for a map, visit www.seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill.htm.

3/21/2014 Update: The intersection of Broadway and Madison Streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23. This closure is for electrical installation work associated with the First Hill Streetcar Project. Police officers and traffic flaggers will be present to ensure access to businesses and residences in the area and the following detours will be provided:
Southbound traffic on Broadway will be directed: West on East Union Street/Seneca Street to Boren Avenue; South on Boren Avenue to James Street; East on James Street to Broadway
Northbound traffic on Broadway will be directed: East on East James Way/ East Cherry Street to 12th Avenue; North on 12th Avenue to East Union Street; West on East Union Street to Broadway
Eastbound traffic on Madison Street will be directed: South on Boren Avenue to James Street; East on James Street/East James Way to 12th Avenue; North on 12th Avenue to Madison Street
Westbound traffic on Madison Street will be directed: West on East Union Street/Seneca Street to Boren Avenue; South on Boren Avenue to Madison Street
PLEASE NOTE: Drivers on northbound I-5 will not be able to connect with ramps to James and Madison Streets but can still use the South Dearborn Street off-ramp.3/14/2014 Update: On Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., James Street will be closed on both sides of Broadway, and East Jefferson Street will be closed on the east side of Broadway. These closures are for asphalt paving work associated with the First Hill Streetcar project. The work requires fair weather and will be rescheduled if the forecast is not favorable. Northbound and southbound traffic will be permitted through these intersections but no turns will be allowed from Broadway to eastbound or westbound James Street or to eastbound East Jefferson Street. Police officers and traffic flaggers will be present to ensure access to businesses and residences in the area.
The following detours will be provided:
Eastbound traffic on Jefferson Street and James Street will be directed north on Boren Avenue to Madison Street, east on Madison Street to 12th Avenue, then south on 12th Avenue to East Cherry Street or East Jefferson Street. Westbound traffic on East Jefferson Street and East Cherry Street will be directed north on 12th Avenue to Madison Street, west on Madison Street to Boren Avenue, then south on Boren Avenue to James Street and Jefferson Street.

2/20/2014 Update: On Saturday, Feb. 22 three intersections on Broadway will be partially closed for asphalt paving beginning at 5 a.m.: James (east and west legs), Jefferson (east leg) and Boren (east leg). Only two of three intersections will be closed at any time. There will also be a partial intersection closure at 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street on Feb. 22 from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. South Jackson Street will remain open to eastbound and westbound traffic. Northbound and southbound traffic on 12th Avenue South will be required to turn right at South Jackson Street. This closure is required for overhead electrical installations for the First Hill Streetcar project. Visit the streetcar website for detour information.

2/13/2014 Update: Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will work in three intersections along Broadway in the First Hill Neighborhood the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16:

  • The intersection of Jefferson Street and Broadway will be fully closed to traffic on Feb. 15 and 16 from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day for overhead electrical installations.
  • The east leg of the intersection of James Street and Broadway will be closed on Feb. 15 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for asphalt paving.
  • The east leg of the intersection of Boren Avenue and Broadway is scheduled for asphalt paving, weather permitting, Feb. 15 from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m.

There will be signed detours for these closures and police officers and flaggers will be present to assist with traffic and pedestrians and to ensure access to businesses and residences in the area. Paving is weather dependent and rain may cause the work scheduled at James Street and Boren Avenue for Saturday to be moved to Sunday or later in the month. Click here for detour routes.

2/6/2014 Update: Weekend closures on Broadway at the James Street and Jefferson Street intersections, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9
Seattle Department of Transportation will be working in two intersections along Broadway in the First Hill Neighborhood the weekend of Feb. 8-9. The intersection of Jefferson Street and Broadway will be fully closed to traffic on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. for overhead electrical installations. Also on Saturday, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., the east leg of the intersection of James Street and Broadway will be closed for asphalt paving. There will be signed detours for these closures and police officers and flaggers will be present to assist with traffic and pedestrians and to ensure access to businesses and residences in the area.

1/28/14 Update: The intersection of East Jefferson Street and Broadway in the First Hill Neighborhood will be closed the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2. The closures will begin Saturday morning at 5 a.m. and continue until midnight Saturday night; then again on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and continue until Sunday evening at 10 p.m. This closure is required for overhead electrical installations associated with the First Hill Streetcar project. Police officers and flaggers will be present to ensure access to businesses and residences in the area. All crosswalks will remain open.
Click here for the detour map on the streetcar website.

1/1/14 Update: Streetcar construction on sidewalk at Boylston and Marion Jan. 6-17
The sidewalk in front of the Spiritual Care offices will be destroyed to make way for the Streetcar Station plaza. Streetcar plaza construction and sidewalk closures will start Monday Jan. 6-Friday, Jan 17. The sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians, patients and staff will be detoured to a temporary sidewalk on Broadway; Marion Street through the Heath Building parking lot to the main hospital entrance; or down to the Minor Street staff entrance. Please use caution when traveling during this construction period.

5/6/13 Update: Sidewalk demolition and concrete removal are scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, 2013 on Boylston and Marion Streets. Concrete saw cutting and jack hammering will occur on May 7 and demolition, concrete and sidewalk removal on May 8. Expect construction noise and dust. Please use caution when driving or walking in this area. There will be full access to the Swedish/First Hill main entrance, Heath building and the Spiritual Care office and regular traffic flow. For questions, contact sherry.williams@swedish.org.

4/11/13 Update: The following street closures will take place in the Chinatown/International District and Yesler Terrace neighborhood for the First Hill Streetcar construction project. Local access, pedestrian access and access to businesses will be maintained during this work.
April 12 to April 15, 2013: The intersection of 12th Avenue and Yesler Way will be closed beginning Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and continuing until Monday morning, April 15 at 6 a.m. Signed detours will be in place to assist drivers traveling through this intersection.
April 13 to April 20, 2013: Beginning Saturday, April 13 the south leg of the intersection of South Jackson Street and Maynard Avenue South will be temporarily closed. The closure will be in place 24 hours a day and will reopen the morning of Saturday, April 20. Jackson will be open to east- and westbound traffic but southbound turns to Maynard Avenue South will not be permitted.
April 15 to April 20, 2013: There will be a closure of northbound 14th Avenue South between South Main Street and East Yesler Way from Monday, April 15 to Saturday, April 20. Northbound traffic on 14th Avenue South will be directed at South Jackson Street to a detour utilizing Boren Avenue, 12th Avenue and Yesler Way.
April 20 to April 22, 2013: The north leg of the intersection of South Jackson Street and Fifth Avenue South will be temporarily closed to traffic. The closure will be in two shifts. The first shift will be on Saturday, April 20 from 3 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the same day. The second shift will begin on Sunday morning, April 21 at 3 a.m. and continue until Monday morning, April 22 at 3 a.m. Jackson will be open to east- and westbound traffic but northbound turns to Fifth Avenue South will not be permitted.

3/11/13 Update: Access to the west leg of Cherry Street from Broadway is closed through Monday, March 11 due to First Hill Streetcar asphalt work. Access will reopen on Tuesday, March 12. Detours are posted. For access to the entrance of the Swedish Orthopedic Institute parking garage drivers will be directed to Cherry Street via Minor Avenue.
There is limited access to the First Hill main entrance at Broadway and Columbia on Monday, March 11 due to asphalt work. A Seattle police officer is directing traffic at the main entrance. Full access to the main entrance will resume on Tuesday, March 12. Please remember that the Swedish shuttle may not be following the normal schedule during this time. Please use caution when driving or walking in this area.

2/26/13 Update: Access to the west leg of Cherry Street from Broadway will be closed from Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10. Access will reopen on Monday, March 11. Detours will be posted. For access to the entrance of the Swedish Orthopedic Institute parking garage drivers will be directed to Cherry Street via Minor Avenue. Broadway will be open for northbound and southbound traffic; however, no turns will be allowed west on Cherry from Broadway. Please remember that the Swedish Shuttle may not be following the normal schedule during this time, and to use caution when driving or walking in this area.

2/7/13 Update: Beginning Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 a.m. until Thursday, Feb. 28, the intersection of Broadway and East Yesler Way in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood will be closed to through traffic to facilitate construction of the First Hill Streetcar. Through traffic will follow detour signs: Eastbound Yesler traffic will utilize 8th Avenue East, 9th Avenue East, Jefferson Street and Boren Avenue; Westbound Yesler traffic will utilize 12th Avenue East, Jefferson Street, 9th Avenue East and 8th Avenue East; Southbound Broadway traffic will utilize Boren Avenue; and Westbound Boren traffic will utilize James Street, 9th Avenue and 8th Avenue. In addition, beginning Monday, March 4 through Thursday, April 4, East Yesler Way will be closed between Broadway and Boren Avenue. Local access, pedestrian access and access to businesses will be maintained during this work.

1/13/13 Update: The First Hill campus main-entrance driveway at Broadway and Columbia Street is now open following the weekend closure for streetcar construction. The Heath Building surface lot and Broadway underground parking garage are open and back to normal operation. The Swedish Shuttle will resume its normal schedule on Monday, Jan. 14 starting with the first run at 6:40 a.m. at First Hill. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the weekend driveway closure. If you received feedback from patients, visitors or employees regarding the closure, please email sherry.williams@swedish.org.

1/6/13 Update: Swedish/First Hill Main Entrance: Driveway Closure Jan. 11-14
Due to the streetcar construction project, the Swedish/First Hill main-entrance driveway at Broadway and Columbia Street will be closed through the weekend beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 until 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14. A detour will direct traffic onto Marion Street for access to the main entrance.
Click here to see the detour map. Patients and visitors will be able to park in the Broadway underground hospital garage, and also drop off and pick up at the main entrance, via the detour at Marion Street. All traffic entering at Marion Street will travel through the underground garage to exit onto Cherry Street, whether for patient drop off, pick up or parking. Please take a ticket when entering the garage; the first 30 minutes are free. Staff will be available during the day to help with the detour, in addition to a Seattle police officer at the intersection of Broadway and Columbia. Please note that the closure may be subject to change due to weather conditions. Click here for additional information about the weekend closure.

12/20/12 Update: Cherry Street Access From Broadway: From Thursday, Jan. 3 through Wednesday, Jan. 9, access to the west leg of Cherry Street from Broadway will be closed for excavation of the First Hill Streetcar track. Detours will be posted. For access to the entrance of the Swedish Orthopedic Institute parking garage drivers will be directed to Cherry Street via Minor Avenue. The crosswalk will remain open on the west side of Broadway crossing Cherry Street. There will continue to be one lane of traffic open in each direction on Broadway during this closure. Remember that the Swedish Shuttle may not be able to follow the normal schedule during this time. Please use caution when driving or walking in this area.
First Hill Main Entrance: From Friday, Jan 11 through Sunday, Jan 13 the hospital driveway off Broadway and Columbia will be closed. More information, including planned detours, will follow.

12/14/12 Update: On Tuesday, Dec. 18 access to Cherry Street from Broadway will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. for excavation of the First Hill Streetcar track. Detours will be posted. For access to the entrance of the Swedish Orthopedic Institute parking garage drivers will be directed to Cherry Street via Minor Avenue. Broadway will be open to northbound and southbound traffic however no turns will be allowed west on Cherry from Broadway. The section of Cherry on the eastside of Broadway will be open for right turns going northbound on Broadway and for left turns going southbound on Broadway. The crosswalk will remain open on the west side of Broadway crossing Cherry Street. There will continue to be one lane of traffic open in each direction on Broadway during this closure. Please remember that the Swedish Shuttle may not be following the normal schedule during this time. Please use caution when driving or walking in this area.
Upcoming work in January 2013
Continued streetcar work will cause the following road conditions:
• The same closure of Cherry Street at Broadway will be in force again from Thursday, Jan. 3 through Thursday, Jan. 10.
• Then from Friday, Jan 11 through Sunday, Jan 13 the driveway to the main entrance of the hospital on Broadway and Columbia is scheduled to be closed.
More information will follow about these scheduled closures.

12/12/12 Update: Saw cutting is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the following intersections: Marion, Boylston, Cherry and Columbia; and also on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the sidewalks on the west side of Broadway from Harvard to Columbia and at the Cherry intersection. The city will continue to have one lane of traffic open in each direction.

12/7/12 Update: The weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, and the following weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, the inbound and outbound streetcar track will be built through the Madison/Broadway intersection. Here is how the intersection will operate this weekend: Closures will be on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7 a.m. until midnight and on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Traffic on Madison will be allowed to make right turns at Broadway but through traffic will not be permitted. Broadway will be open to northbound and southbound traffic but no left turns will be allowed to Madison. Detours will be posted utilizing Boren, Seneca, Union and 12th. During weekdays for the next two weeks the outbound track between Madison and Columbia will be completed.

11/2/12 Update: First Hill Main Entrance: Limited Access Nov. 5-9: Streetcar track construction will continue on the east side of Broadway and at the intersection of Broadway and Columbia. The main Swedish/First Hill entrance will remain open with right-turn only in and out onto Broadway. There will be one lane travel in each direction and no left turns allowed from Monday, Nov. 5-Friday, Nov. 9. The Swedish Shuttle may be running off schedule during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Broadway and Madison will have a full intersection closure on Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4. The Seattle Police Department will be onsite to direct vehicles during the construction period. The steam vault construction at the Swedish/First Hill main entrance ended Friday Nov. 2.

10/22/12 Update: The intersection of Broadway and Madison will be closed in all four directions for the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 to aid construction of the First Hill Streetcar. Detours will be posted utilizing Boren Avenue, James Street, 12th Avenue, Union Street and Seneca Street. The closures will begin each day at 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Click here to see a map of the detour route. The main entrance to the First Hill hospital on Broadway will remain open. Local access, pedestrian access and access to businesses will be maintained during this work.

10/19/12 Update: The weekend of Oct. 19-22 the west leg of the Broadway and James Street intersection will be closed to facilitate construction of the First Hill Streetcar. Beginning Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. James Street will be closed to through traffic at Broadway until Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 a.m. Detours will be posted utilizing Boren Avenue, Jefferson and Madison Street. Broadway will be open to two-way traffic though westbound turns will not be allowed at James Street. Local access, pedestrian access, and access to businesses will be maintained during this work.

10/5/12 Update: Beginning Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, and continuing for the next four weekends, the intersection of Broadway and Madison will be closed in all four directions to aid construction of the First Hill Streetcar. Detours will be posted utilizing Boren Avenue, James Street, 12th Avenue, Union Street and Seneca Street. The closures will begin each day at 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Click here to see the detour route. Local access, pedestrian access and access to businesses will be maintained during this work. The main entrance to the hospital will remain open.

9/28/12 Update: There will be Broadway nighttime closures at Madison AND Daytime work at the First Hill campus main entrance on Broadway.
Nighttime Work: Broadway between Madison and Marion will be closed or reduced to one lane for the installation of a storm filter vault on Broadway. Work will begin Monday, Oct. 1 and continue on weeknights until Tuesday, Oct. 16. Full closures are anticipated during the first five nights with detours posted utilizing Madison Street, Boren Street and James Street for southbound traffic, and James Street, 12th Avenue and Madison Street for northbound traffic. Work will begin weeknights at 8 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. the next morning.
Daytime Work: Work on the underground steam vault at the main Broadway entrance to the First Hill campus will begin Wednesday, Oct. 3 and continue until Tuesday, Oct. 16. Broadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction and a uniformed police officer will be on hand to keep traffic moving. Work will be performed weekdays from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. The main entrance to the hospital will remain open. Local access, pedestrian access and access to businesses will be maintained during this work.

9/17/12 Update: Beginning Monday, Sept. 24 and continuing nightly until Wednesday, Oct. 3, Broadway between Madison and Marion will be closed, or reduced to one lane with flaggers facilitating two-way traffic, to facilitate construction of the First Hill Streetcar. Full closures are anticipated during the first five nights. Work will begin each night at 8 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. the next morning. When fully closed, detours will be posted utilizing Madison Street, Boren Street and James Street for southbound traffic, and James Street, 12th Avenue and Madison Street for northbound traffic. Local access, pedestrian access and access to businesses will be maintained during this work.

7/12/12 Update: Pine Street will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic at Broadway in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 until 3 a.m. on Monday, July 16. Northbound and southbound travel on Broadway will have a reduced number of lanes, but Broadway will not be closed.

6/7/12 Update: Starting Monday, June 11 there will be streetcar-related utility work on E. Columbia Street and Boylston Avenue along Broadway for approximately eight days. Please note there may be possible traffic delays in this area, including possible delays for the Swedish shuttle. Please allow extra travel time for your commute.

5/29/12 Update: Starting Saturday, June 2 there will be streetcar-related utility work on Broadway and Jefferson Street for approximately six days. Please note there may be possible traffic delays in this area, including possible delays for the Swedish Shuttle. The shuttle may change routes going to Met Park and the First Hill and Cherry Hill campuses, but we will do our best to stay on schedule.

5/18/12 Update: From Friday, May 18 through Thursday, May 24, there will be street closures and no parking available on the corner of Marion Street and Boylston Avenue due to Puget Sound Energy utility work for the First Hill Streetcar.

4/18/12 Update: You’re invited to the groundbreaking event for the First Hill Streetcar Line - Join the City of Seattle and Sound Transit as they break ground for the First Hill Streetcar Line and celebrate this important milestone on Monday, April 23 beginning at 12:15 p.m. at Broadway and Boylston Ave. Click here for more information and please be sure to RSVP if you’re planning to attend. Please note there will be street closures at Boylston and limited parking in that area for the groundbreaking.

4/23/12 Update: Read “What to Expect During Construction” for the First Hill Streetcar Line. It covers lane and parking restrictions, detours and more. When near a construction zone, please remember to: reduce speeds, use caution, and keep a safe distance from construction equipment and workers.

Comments
Dana Lewis | Swedish Blog Administrator
Great suggestion, Catherine - thanks!
11/1/2013 8:32:02 AM
Catherine Oleson
This is helpful, but it would be a much more helpful feature if you included the year of each posting-- Without identification of which year, it's hard to know what year any particular entry applies to. This is especially applicable to your patients coming from out of town, who will probably be entirely clueless about road construction in the area around the hospital, and the progress or lack of progress of construction.
10/31/2013 6:58:41 PM
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