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New Sidewalk Construction in the Sunset Area of the Renton Highlands

January 27, 2010

For more information contact:

Gregg Zimmerman, Public Works Administrator 425-430-7311
Alex Pietsch, Community & Economic Development Administrator 425-430-6592
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Renton, WA: New sidewalks are appearing in the Renton Highlands as part of the city’s redevelopment plan for the neighborhood. As part of the city’s Sunset Area Community Investment Strategy, work on a new concrete sidewalk is underway from NE 5th Street to NE 20th Street, between Edmonds Avenue NE and Monroe Avenue NE, in the Renton Highlands.

A total of 4,700 linear feet of sidewalk is being constructed. The project includes new four-foot wide sidewalks and installation of 20 wheelchair accessible ramps to significantly improve pedestrian safety.

“This project will greatly enhance safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists in the Sunset neighborhood,” said Mayor Denis Law. “Sidewalk improvements were identified as one of the key priorities of the Highlands community and this project is part of our overall redevelopment plan for the neighborhood.”

The Sunset Area Community Investment Strategy (CIS) is based on the recommendations of the Highlands Task Force, and proposes a plan for redevelopment and public investments in the Renton Highlands. The timing of the CIS is in conjunction with redevelopment plans for Sunset Terrace, a Renton Housing Authority property, as well as potential development by the Renton School District.  CIS recommendations include creating a “third place” or public gathering space in conjunction with a relocated and expanded Highlands library, initiating pedestrian and streetscape improvements, advocating for improvements on Sunset Boulevard, and the development of a sub-regional storm water drainage facility. 

The sidewalk project will cost $148,606 and is expected to be completed by March. For more information on this project and the Sunset Area Community Investment Strategy visit rentonwa.gov.