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Mayor Law, Dignitaries Break Ground on Rainier Avenue Improvement Project

March 20, 2012

For more information contact:

Gregg Zimmerman,
Public Works Administrator, 425-430-7394
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Final phase of project will improve transit mobility, upgrade traffic safety, and enhance pedestrian safety

RENTON: Renton Mayor Denis Law was joined Tuesday, March 20, 2012, by dignitaries representing state and regional governments, funding agencies and local businesses to break ground on the $42 million final phase of the Rainier Avenue South Improvement Project. The ceremony took place in the parking lot of McLendon Hardware in Renton.

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Rainier Avenue South serves as the major north-south thoroughfare through Renton and connects South King County and South Seattle to Renton. When completed the Rainier Avenue project will result in a safer, more aesthetically pleasing major north-south corridor to Renton. The project will improve transit mobility, upgrade traffic safety, and enhance pedestrian safety with new 8-foot wide sidewalks, landscaped buffers, and improved street lighting.

“This is one of the major commercial corridors in Renton,” said Mayor Denis Law. “Improvements here will provide significant benefits to businesses, enhance the economic vitality of our downtown, and strengthen transportation in and through Renton.”

“I've worked on local projects for over 20 years and I never get tired of watching another one come to fruition. This new gateway will benefit thousands of users and truly reflects the spirit of our great community,” said State Senator Margarita Prentice.

“Transportation projects like this one are complex and aren’t successful without a number of creative partnerships,” said State House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn. “Congratulations to the city and the many project partners for breaking ground on this important project, which will improve transit mobility, upgrade traffic safety, and enhance pedestrian safety.”

“Sound Transit’s major investment in this project will help move buses and pedestrians more quickly through the corridor, making connections to Sounder commuter rail and King County Metro Transit’s RapidRide more accessible and convenient,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Councilmember Julia Patterson. “Our contribution to this project exemplifies the importance of regional partnerships in improving transit for Central Puget Sound residents.”

“We are excited about the improvements to come and appreciate the support and dedication of the elected officials who have worked towards completion of this project for many years,” said Gail McLendon, president of McLendon Hardware.

The project is a funding collaboration of the City of Renton, Sound Transit, US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Improvement Board, Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council, and the Department of Commerce Public Works Board.

Phase 1 of the Rainier Avenue Project, completed in 2008, replaced the BNSF railroad bridge crossing over Rainier Avenue between South 4th Place and S/SW 7th Street. Phase 2, completed in 2009, replaced utility infrastructure, replaced the Shattuck Avenue railroad bridge, widened Shattuck Avenue at South 4th Place, and improved pedestrian areas by adding sidewalks and landscaping.

For more information call Linda Moschetti at 425-430-7394.

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Photo:
From left, Don Persson, Renton City Councilmember; Bob Drewel, Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Director; Gail McLendon, President, McLendon Hardware; Julia Patterson, King County Councilmember & Sound Transit Board Vice Chair; Judy Clibborn, State House Transportation Committee Chair; Denis Law, Mayor, City of Renton; Greg Taylor, Renton City Councilmember; Marcie Palmer, Renton City Councilmember; Kathleen Davis, WSDOT; and Linh Thai, representing Congressman Adam Smith.