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For the Week of Sept. 2

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What's New

Site Foundation Work Continues

  • From time to time, residents may hear an "air horn" from the site. The reason for the safety alert is to let workers in the construction hole know that a heavy load is about to be lifted across the site.

  • Intermittent concrete pours will continue on Seneca Street and Boren Avenue throughout the week. Concrete trucks will begin pouring at 8 a.m. on Seneca and 9 a.m. on Boren. Seneca and Boren will be limited to one lane in each direction during the construction pours. Parking on the south side of Seneca also will be unavailable temporarily.

  • Steel deliveries for the foundation continue this week on Seneca and Spring Street. This work requires temporary parking restrictions on the south and north side of Seneca (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. north side; 24 hours south side).

  • As work around the foundation evolves, our activities over the next few weeks will focus on pouring footings, columns and walls, laying rebar, and installing piping and conduits.

What to Expect Over the Weekend
There will be no work associated with the VM construction project Saturday, Aug. 30, Sunday, Aug. 31, or Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day holiday). If you see anyone on the site over this long weekend, please let us know by utilizing the construction hotline at (206) 341-1511.

SDOT Boren/Madison Paving Project
Work on this City of Seattle project continues. Please note this work is not connected to the VM hospital construction project. The following information — and more — is available on the city's Web site at

Night Work for Pavement Grinding Phase 4: Continues through Aug. 29.

Upcoming schedule for next three weeks (in phases):

  1. Madison Street from 10th Avenue to 18th Avenue East (pavement markings weather dependent)
  2. Madison from Terry Avenue to 10th Avenue (pavement markings weather dependent)
  3. Boren from Seneca to Denny Way (final restoration and clean up; pavement markings weather dependent)
  4. Boren from Broadway to Seneca (continues through mid-October)
    • Curb ramps and sidewalks; pavement base repairs
    • Pavement grinding and removal (night work) through Aug. 29; 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day
    • Final paving is scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13 or Sept. 19 and 20, weather permitting. This will be night/weekend work.

What to expect with the city's repaving project:

  • Lane closures
  • Pedestrian detours
  • Parking restrictions
  • Moderate construction noise and dust
  • Normal work hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with occasional night and weekend work
  • Regular notices with project updates during construction

Sidewalk and Street Closures

  • Spring Street — Spring and its north sidewalk between Boren and Terry avenues will be closed 24 hours a day. The south sidewalk will be open to pedestrians throughout the week. If additional work is required in the alley, a wooden pedestrian footbridge will be installed.

  • Boren Avenue — The westward southbound lane on Boren between Seneca and Spring will be closed during normal construction hours and will be open after construction hours. The sidewalk will be closed 24 hours a day.

  • Seneca Street — For the time being, the south sidewalk on Seneca between Boren and Terry will be closed. The north sidewalk will be open.

  • Parking Spaces — The four parking stalls west of Boren on only the south side of Seneca will continue to be closed to parking.

Commitment to Crane Safety
Virginia Mason and our work team are deeply committed to ensuring 100-percent safety for our neighbors and our team.

Crane Communications
We have implemented a thorough safety and communications effort that includes the following:

  • Dedicated Web page on the Virginia Mason site about tower-crane safety and activities:

  • Construction hotline at (206) 341-1511 that you may call any time to leave your questions or concerns. We also ask that you use this hotline as a way to report unusual activity on or around the site.

In Closing
Thank you for your patience throughout the construction period. We apologize for the inconveniences these activities may cause. As updated information becomes available, we will be sure to share it with you.

For more information about the addition, including an image and video gallery, please visit:

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the construction activities, please contact:

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