Mayor Murray unveils rainbow crosswalks on Capitol Hill

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UPDATE: After our story was originally posted, a spokeswoman for SDOT emailed us to say the correct cost of the crosswalks is $66,000 instead of the $100,000 SDOT Director Scott Kubly originally said.

As Pride Week gets underway in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray unveiled new rainbow crosswalks at several Capitol Hill intersections Tuesday morning.

There are 11 crosswalks on Capitol Hill getting the rainbow treatment -- for a total cost of more than $100,000 according to the city's transportation director. Seven of those were painted and treated overnight and four others will be finished Tuesday night.

The idea has been discussed for some time, but was delayed by logistics and cost. It was initially said that the colorful crosswalks cost about $6,000 for a total of $66,000 for all 11.

The money comes from fee that developers pay when they block streets and sidewalks to build projects, not other safety money.

"You know, it says something about this neighborhood, it says something about Seattle -- this is a city of very diverse neighborhoods throughout, with character and obviously an opportunity to celebrate pride nationally. We hope to celebrate more than sidewalks in the next few days,” Murray said.

All the crosswalks are east of Broadway on Tenth and 11th Avenues.

The crosswalks are expected to last three to five years, but the city said it plans to maintain them for years to come.



The Pride Parade is Sunday, June 28. The parade will be streamed live on kirotv.com and the KIRO 7 apps at 11 a.m.