Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative, passed by Seattle voters in 2006, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been replacing street signs all across the city. Since BTG began more than 41,000 regulatory traffic signs have been replaced, more than 129 miles of bike routes have been signed and more than 8,200 intersections have received new street name signs. These new signs are larger and more reflective making them easier to read.
The good news is SDOT has either met, or is on track to meet, its goals for signage replacement and upgrades for this year. We have replaced 2,874 regulatory signs, signed 26 miles of bike routes and installed new street name signs at 1,575 intersections. And, we are nearing completion on the final signage deliverable for 2013 – four of five overhead directional signs have been replaced with the last sign to be in place before the end of the year.
As noted in previous blog posts, various street name signs – named and numbered – are available through the City of Seattle Fleets and Facilities surplus warehouse. An updated list of available signs ranging in price from $5 – 15 is posted on the web. Please see details and contact the warehouse directly if you are interested in purchasing a sign. Holiday shopping? The signs are great gifts for the person who has everything in life or is looking for a new creative project!
Please visit the Bridging the Gap web page for additional information about the initiative.