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Construction to Begin on Rainier Avenue in Renton

May 22, 2012

For more information contact:

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

Crews to Remove Trees and Median, Businesses Asked to Remove Private Property from Right of Way

RENTON: Construction begins this week on Rainier Avenue between S. Grady Way and S. 2nd Street in Renton as part of the $42 million Rainier Avenue Improvement Project. Crews will be removing trees and the median along Rainier Avenue in preparation for construction. Tree removal will occur nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays for the next three to four weeks, and some lane closures may be necessary.

During normal business hours, driveway access to businesses along Rainier Avenue will be maintained, and signage has been placed at driveway entrances to assist visitors with local access. Businesses along Rainier Avenue will remain open during construction, and the community is encouraged to support these local businesses.

Property owners along Rainier Avenue are encouraged to remove all private property from the Right of Way along the Rainier Avenue construction zone to help the project move forward in a timely manner.

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 Improvement 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. The Rainier Avenue Improvement Project is expected to continue through the spring of 2014.

To learn more, or to follow the progress of the project, visit or contact the project team at 425-988-4104 or