Please Join the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project Open House on May 14, 4-7pm

Built in 1910, the Yesler Way Bridge is one of the oldest permanent steel roadway bridges in the City. SDOT will be updating it to improve safety and reliability, while preserving the bridge’s historic elements.


Please join us for an open house to learn more about the bridge design and anticipated construction impacts.

Open House information:

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
  • 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way


The bridge is located at the intersection of Yesler Way and Terrace St over 4th Ave S, a few blocks north of King Street Station.


Yesler Way Bridge design is nearly complete and construction is currently scheduled to begin in late 2015.

Specific construction details and detour routes are still being finalized, however the following construction impacts are anticipated:

  • Yesler Way will be closed in both directions between 3rd Ave and midway between 5th and 6th Ave
  • Terrace St will be closed to through traffic, open to local access
  • 4th Ave will have ongoing lane closures and intermittent, full nighttime and weekend closures
  • Sidewalks on 4th Ave will alternate being closed


The area around the bridge looks quite different today than it did when the photo above was taken in 1920. Almost a hundred years later, the Yesler Way Bridge remains a vital connector for residents, commuters, workers and businesses in the surrounding area and neighborhoods.


We hope to see you at our open house on Thursday, May 14 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.!

For more information on the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project, visit the project’s website.

If you have questions or comments about the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project, please contact us at: or 206-684-8684

First Hill Streetcar Testing Moving Along

A milestone for the First Hill Streetcar as it took to the streets under battery power for the first time during tests last week. Crews conducted on-street testing from the Streetcar Maintenance Facility north along 8th Avenue South from South Dearborn to South King Street.

Here is a brief video of the Testing.

First Hill Streetcar leaving facility under battery power.

First Hill Streetcar leaving facility under battery power.

The testing of off-wire operation by the streetcar is powered by the rechargeable battery system, known as the On-Board Energy Storage System (OESS). When operating on the First Hill Streetcar line, the streetcars will be powered by the OESS on each inbound trip from Capitol Hill to Pioneer Square (2.5 miles). The batteries will be recharging whenever the streetcar is braking, and will also recharge on the outbound trip from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill, while being powered from the overhead wires (known as the Overhead Contact System, or OCS).

Streetcar traveling on 8th Avenue South to South King Street.

Streetcar traveling on 8th Avenue South to South King Street.

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The First Hill Streetcar is an important link in the regional transit system, and connects the diverse and vibrant residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, Chinatown ID and Pioneer Square. For more on the streetcar please visit:


Community Planting Party

Seattle has 149 locations where a city street end meets a shoreline. And, as you might imagine, many of these locations could be useful, enjoyable public spaces – with a little help to reach their full potential! Here at SDOT, we are doing our best to transform each of these shoreline street ends into safe and accessible public spaces, while also shaping them into beautifully maintained parts of our ecosystem.

Fortunately for us, we are getting lots of help from surrounding neighborhoods! This weekend, Ballard-area community members are coming together to assist in shoreline improvement efforts by sprucing up one of their local street end locations. Saturday, May 9 from noon to 4 p.m., the 28th Ave NW shoreline street end will play host to a spring planting party – just in time to get things ready for the swimmers, kayakers, and boaters who will be frequenting the space during the coming summer months.


28th Ave NW Shoreline Street End

Are you interested in helping out at this weekend’s planting party? All are welcome, no matter your level of gardening experience or expertise. Just meet the work party between noon and 4 p.m. at the 28th Ave street end, a little south of the intersection of 28th Ave NW and NW 54th Street. Plants and some tools will be provided, but any additional shovels, rakes, or wheelbarrows you can bring will be much appreciated!

If you can’t make it this weekend but are interested in becoming a steward for another Shoreline Street End improvement project, use the map below to identify a site and then email Shannon Glass at to find out how to get started.

SSE map

(click map for larger image)


Check back with us next week as we’ll be posting photos of the 28th Ave work party, including before and after photos of space. In the meantime, we recommend you visit some of the already improved shoreline street ends, shown on the map above. Gather some friends or family and head out to enjoy some Seattle sunshine and a great waterfront view!

Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Design Options Open House Wed. 5/6 @ 5-7pm

Please join Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Design Options Open House on Wednesday, May 6, 5 – 7 PM. The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, Middle School Jaffe Room at 1432 15th Avenue (Enter off of 15th Avenue, south of Pike Street)

The Madison BRT project is an opportunity to provide neighborhoods with a faster, more reliable transit connection to key destinations, enhance walking conditions and the streetscape along Madison, and identify an alternate bike facility to be built as part of the project.

Please join your neighbors to review design options, discuss benefits and trade-offs, and provide your input on priority elements for the project.  SDOT would like your input on:

  • BRT design options, routing, terminals, and station locations
  • Priorities for transit service and capital investments
  • Design concepts for a Central Area protected bike lane

Madison BRT

Metro bus service provides close connections to the Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, Middle School via Routes 10 and 11 (Pine and 15th Ave), Route 2 (Union and 14th /16th ), and Route 12 (Madison and 15th Ave stop).  For bicyclists, the closest bike parking is on the west side of the Bullitt Center at 15th and Madison, just north of the Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, Middle School.

You can learn more about the project at If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Sara Walton at or (206) 386-4645

Metro and SDOT planning “Rideshare Meetups!” to promote Neighborhood Carpooling

To help more Seattle residents get connected with carpooling and vanpooling options, King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) are hosting more than a dozen Rideshare Meetups! in six Seattle neighborhoods this spring and summer, including events in your neighborhood.


SDOT and Metro Rideshare

At Rideshare Meetups! Commuters will be able to learn more about how carpooling and vanpooling can help save time, money, and stress on their commute, meet other commuters in their neighborhood, and sign up for ridesharing programs.  SDOT and Metro staff are available to answer questions and help residents sign up. People who start a new vanpool or join an existing vanpool will also receive a $50 gift card.

King County Metro has the largest vanpool program in the nation and continues to expand each year. Our website has more information about upcoming events and vanpooling and carpooling programs.

Here are the Rideshare Meetup locations:

  • Wednesday, May 6, 4:30–6:30 p.m. at Cafe Turko in Fremont, 754 North 34th St., Seattle
  • Wednesday, May 13, 4:30–6:30 p.m. at Buckley’s Queen Anne in Interbay, 232 First Ave. West, Seattle
  • Thursday, May 14, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Lunchbox Labarotory in South Lake Union, 1253 Thomas St., Seattle
  • Tuesday, May 19, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Pecos Barbeque Pit in SoDo, First Ave. S. Seattle
  • Wednesday, May 27, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at North Seattle College in Northgate, 9600 College Way N., Seattle.
  • Tuesday, June 9, 4:30–6:30 p.m. at Watershed Pub & Kitchen in Northgate, 10104 Third Ave. NE, Seattle
  • Thursday, June 18, 7:30–9:30 a.m. at Portage Bay Café in South Lake Union, 391 Terry Ave. N., Seattle
  • Wednesday, June 24, 7:30–9:30 a.m. at Yellow Dot Café, in Fremont, 701 N 34th St, Seattle
  • Thursday, June 25, 7:30–9:30 a.m. at F5 Networks in Interbay, 401 Elliott Ave. W., Seattle
  • Tuesday, June 30, 4:30–6:30 p.m. at Henry’s Tavern in SoDO, 1518 First Ave. S., Seattle
  • Thursday, July 9, 4:30–6:30 p.m. at Garage on First Hill, 1130 Broadway, Seattle
  • Thursday, July 16, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at McKinstry in SoDo food truck tour, 5005 Third Ave. S., Seattle,
  • Thursday, July 16, 1–2 p.m. at Sur La Table, SoDo food truck tour, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle
  • Thursday, July 16, 2:30–3:30 p.m. at K2 Sports, SoDo food truck tour, 4201 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle


Spring is in full swing and SDOT crews are out cleaning, mowing, pruning and microsurfacing

Crews have been busy throughout the city getting things spruced up as we all ready for warmer weather. Right now, crews are working hard at locations all over the city so that Seattle’s landscapes are maintained and preserved as summer approaches.

SDOT Crews mowing, pruning, cleaning and paving.

SDOT Crews mowing, pruning, cleaning and paving.

Judkins neighborhood mowing and mulching.

Judkins neighborhood mowing and mulching.

While you’re out and about for a bike ride, in your car, on the bus, or just taking a stroll through your neighborhood, take a moment to appreciate how much natural beauty we have in our great city. SDOT crews will be out and about too, doing Spring maintenance and cleaning projects to keep our green spaces, streets, sidewalks and stairways tidy and accessible for all.

Goat-powered Vegetation Clearing in West Seattle!

Herd hard at work, they are goat-to team for this kind of work.

The Herd hard at work, they are the “goat-to” team for this kind of work.

Our Goat friends along with Head Herder and Chief Wrangler Tammy are back in action for SDOT to help clear some unwanted invasive Himalayan Blackberry and Japanese Knotweed from a West Seattle hillside stairway along SW Holden Street between Delridge Way SW and 20th Ave SW.

This an example of SDOT using “green” technology to support environmental stewardship.

Here’s a short video of Tammy sharing details about Franz and the Goat posse:

The Goats were happy to clear the brush, help deter some possible crime, and enjoyed some free breakfast, lunch and dinner. The weather was cloudy and rainy to start, but cleared later in the day so it wasn’t that baaaad. The goats took about four days to chew and ruminate, but didn’t overthink any of their work that went on around the clock.

Goats are waaay better suited to steep hillsides than humans, making it safer, more cost-effective and mutually beneficial to have this work done by goats than by humans.

The Goats even drew visitors who weren’t sheepish to say hello, and take photos for spreading the good work on social media.

Katie and Scott stopped by to check out Franz and posse doing their thing.

Katie and Scott stopped by to check out Franz and posse doing their thing.

The Goats have four stomachs, so they can eat and digest the blackberry (thorns and all), and knotweed without repopulating the seeds anywhere, meaning they aren’t spreading the plants elsewhere. The Herd cleared about 7,000 square feet of invasive vegetation making the stairway access safer for the neighborhood. We appreciate their “can-do” and “Goat-to” attitude; they’re happy, the neighbors that stopped by seemed happy, a win-win situation.

SDOT is Rolling in to May, Bike to Work Month!


May is Bike to Work Month. SDOT added a host of new bike facilities to Seattle’s already strong bicycling network in 2014. Our city has more lanes, trails, racks and signs than ever before, so now is your chance to join the ride. If you are a regular bike commuter, try to hit every day in May. And if you have never commuted in by bike before, why not use Bike to Work Month as an opportunity to give it a try? Seattle is a hilly city, so if looking find a route that has less incline, check out our Bike Map which can help sort out some routes for you to take.

Newly painted Bike Lane and BGT Leaning Rail

Newly painted Bike Lane and BGT Leaning Rail

Scott Kubly, SDOT’s Director challenged other city department directors this week and was joined by Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Seattle Public Utilities Director Ray Hoffman to encourage all city staff to participate in Bike to Work Month.

SDOT Dir. Scott Kubly joind by Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and SPU Director Ray Hoffman at BTW Challenge

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and SPU Director Ray Hoffman accepts SDOT Director Scott Kubly’s Bike to Work Month challenge.

We look forward to seeing you biking throughout the month of May enjoying a Spring ride. For Bike Share, Bikes on Buses and other useful links and resources please click here.

Seawall Habitat Shelves: Science and Urban Design

The seawall project has a variety of habitat enhancements demonstrating the city’s environmental stewardship efforts to improve the lost nearshore environment on Seattle’s waterfront. One of the key enhancement features is the introduction of habitat shelves – protruding shelves attached to the vertical wall face that will serve as the future home to marine life.

Installation of habitat shelves near Pier 57

This week, Seawall Project crews installed the first of these habitat shelves along the face of the new seawall near Pier 57.

Workers install stainless steel rods in the face of the seawall to support the new habitat shelves.

Workers install stainless steel rods in the face of the seawall to support the new habitat shelves.

Prior to installation, stainless steel threaded rods are inserted into the wall face to support the shelves, which can each weigh up to 2,685 pounds. The shelves are suspended by a crane, and then lowered into place and hung on the rods. The shelves are then bolted to the wall and grouted in place.  When the project is complete, 430 habitat shelves will be in place at various locations throughout the project area.

  Habitat shelves are installed in front of Pier 57. The cobbled surfaces promote growth of vegetation and marine invertebrates.

Habitat shelves are installed in front of Pier 57. The cobbled surfaces promote growth of vegetation and marine invertebrates.

The science behind the design

When developing the design for the habitat features of the new seawall, the City partnered with the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Researchers with the university installed shelves and panels on the old seawall with several types of surface features and textures at various locations along the waterfront. They monitored the installation for four years, with the goal of identifying which designs provided the greatest benefit to habitat and could be incorporated into the new seawall.

Researchers from UW tested various shelf features over four years to determine which designs provided the best habitat development. Photo courtesy UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

Researchers from UW tested various shelf features over four years to determine which designs provided the best habitat development. Photo courtesy UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

The study found that features with high-relief elements, like shelves, had more mussels and algae present than did flat surfaces. In addition, the inclusion of cobbled texture, like those found on the new seawall face panels, appeared to encourage the recruitment of young mussels. Mussels and algae are known as “ecosystem engineers” because they provide additional refuge and food for a variety of small invertebrates that are important food sources for juvenile salmon and other small fish.

A computer-generated model of habitat shelves and face panels designed to enhance texture on the new seawall face. This is one of several textures that will be installed as part of the new seawall.

A computer-generated model of habitat shelves and face panels designed to enhance texture on the new seawall face. This is one of several textures that will be installed as part of the new seawall.

The findings from the study resulted in the design of the habitat shelves that were installed this week, and the cobble textures that have been incorporated into the new seawall face panels.

Learn more!

For more information about seawall construction, visit the Seawall Project website. If you have questions, email ( or call the 24-hour hotline (206.618.8584).

Chat with SDOT Director Scott Kubly to learn more and share your feedback on the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee and conversation in Fremont, Thursday afternoon:


Scott Kubly

Scott Kubly

Milstead & Co Coffee, 770 N 34th St  Thursday, 4/20, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.






Here is a Calendar of Upcoming Events (calendar will continue to be updated):

  • 4/22/15 – Greater Duwamish Dist. Council 6:30 PM at Georgetown City Hall, 6202 13th Ave S
  • 4/22/15 – Southeast District Council 6:30 PM at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S
  • 4/22/15 – Northwest District Council 7 PM at Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St
  • 4/23/15 – Coffee with Scott Kubly 1 – 2 PM at Milstead & Co Coffee, 770 N 34th St
  • 4/23/15 – Drop-in session 5 – 7 PM at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S
  • 4/25/15 – U District Farmers Market 9 AM – 2 PM at University Way NE between 50th & 52nd
  • 4/26/15 – Fremont Sunday Market 10 AM – 5 PM at Corner of 3410 Evanston Ave North
  • 4/26/15 – Broadway Farmers Market 11 AM – 3 PM at Broadway Ave E and E Pine St
  • 4/26/15 – Ballard Farmers Market 10 AM – 3 PM at 5345 Ballard Ave NW
  • 4/26/15 – West Seattle Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM at California Ave SW & SW Alaska
  • 5/6/15 – Columbia City Farmers Market  3 – 7 PM at 37th Ave S and S Edmunds St


Mayor Murray announced a proposal last month for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing $365 million Bridging the Gap levy that expires at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more transportation choices to move more people and goods in and around our growing city.

Mayor Murray announces Levy to Move Seattle

Since introducing the levy proposal, we’ve hosted three open houses in different parts of the city, and presented to numerous community and business organizations, as well as city advisory boards and commissions. We’ll continue these community briefings, and throughout April, will be hosting an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback.

Share your input: Take this short survey to tell us what you think of the proposal and share your transportation priorities: