Given SDOT’s goals to make walking a strong option for getting around Seattle, it might interest you to know that there are, in fact, rules governing pedestrian accessibility by construction sites. In fact, the SDOT construction traffic section sets pedestrian safety as its number one priority in consideration of temporary construction routing.
In general, depending upon an evaluation of the number of pedestrians using a particular street , plus data provided by the Pedestrian Master Plan, SDOT provides guidelines to contractors for preserving the existing path of travel on the public right-of-way during construction activities on the abutting property. Earlier this month SDOT published the Director’s Rule for “Pedestrian Mobility in and around Work Zones.” The main purpose of the rule is to clarify pedestrian safety measures that must be implemented by contractors when doing construction, demolition, alteration or repair on a building next to existing roadways or walks. The required conditions change according to the type of work, as work can be harder or easier to safely maintain pedestrian traffic on the construction side. [Read more…]