Georgetown Bites Celebrates the Colorful Cuisine of Historic Georgetown Saturday 3/28

SDOT recently began work on Georgetown Festival Street. So what is a festival street? It’s a public place that has been designated for recurring temporary closure to vehicular traffic use for the purpose of pedestrian-oriented special activities.

The Georgetown Festival Street will be on 12th Avenue S between S Vale (All-City Coffee) and S Bailey Streets (at the end of the block – past the overpass). It will also include S Vale Street between 12th Avenue S and Airport Way S.

As you all might know the Georgetown industrial arts corridor is home to some of Seattle’s most distinguished culinary attractions. From boutique breweries to chocolate confections, decadent burgers to gourmet delis, soda fountains to yogurt factories, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is also its most sumptuous.

Here’s a heads up on a Saturday event celebrating Georgetown:

Georgetown Bites: A Taste of Georgetown offers delicacies from 28 diverse drinking and dining establishments on Saturday, March 28 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For only $20 patrons can purchase five tickets redeemable for special offers throughout the neighborhood, Additional tickets are available for $5 each. Tickets will be sold at the Georgetown Bites booth at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM the day of the event.

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The food and hospitality industry played a pivotal role in Georgetown’s remarkable revitalization over the past decade. Early producer Georgetown Brewing (maker of the popular Manny’s Pale Ale) has been joined by Ellenos Yogurt and Fran’s Chocolates (favored by America’s first couple Barack and Michele Obama and celebrity chef Bobby Flay.) Pioneering dining and nightlife establishments like Jules Maes Saloon, one of the region’s oldest taverns, along with nearby Nine Pound Hammer, Stellar Pizza, and Smarty Pants have attracted a growing array of alluring restaurants, bars, and cafes including Zippy’s Burgers, Via Tribunali, Georgetown Liquor Company, Brass Tacks, Square Knot Diner, All City Coffee, Hallava Falafel, Flying Squirrel, Star Brass Lounge, Hitchcock Deli, and many more.

Georgetown Bites also marks the official groundbreaking for the Festival Street project, creating a pedestrian and arts friendly plaza in the heart of the Georgetown business district with funding from Seattle’s Bridging the Gap program. This attractive amenity will be christened at the 9th annual Georgetown Carnival arts festival on Saturday, June 13.

The public is invited to experience the historic Georgetown neighborhood while sampling some of Seattle’s most creative cuisine.  For a map of participating businesses and related information, visit: www.georgetownbites.com

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What Moves You, Seattle? Share Your Input on a New Transportation Levy Proposal

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and our transportation system is critical to our quality of life and economic vitality. Earlier this month, Mayor Ed Murray introduced Move Seattle — his ten-year transportation vision that integrates our long-term plans for walking, biking, transit, and freight and sets forth a holistic approach to meeting Seattle’s needs today and tomorrow.

To help make that vision a reality, the city will need to identify a replacement for the current Bridging the Gap levy that expires at the end of 2015. Today, Mayor Murray and SDOT Director Scott Kubly announced a proposal for a new levy the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle.

SDOT Director Scott Kubly  discusses the Levy to Move Seattle.

Mayor Murray and SDOT Director Scott Kubly (at podium) announce the Levy to Move Seattle.

The proposed nine-year, $900 million levy aims to take care of the basics by maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more travel choices to move more people and goods in and around Seattle.

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We’d like to get your input and reaction to this draft proposal before Mayor Murray sends it to the Seattle City Council in May. The City will need to submit a final levy proposal to King County by early August for it to be on the ballot in November 2015.

Your participation matters. Help shape our transportation future:

Visit www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle to:

 

Attend an upcoming community conversation to talk directly with staff about the proposal and your transportation priorities:

Saturday, March 28:

  • New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle 98118): 10 AM –12 PM

 

Monday, March 30:

  • Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th St, Seattle 98115): 6 – 8 PM

 

Tuesday, March 31:

  • West Seattle High School (3000 California Ave SW, Seattle 98116): 6 – 8 PM

 

Learn more at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle

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23rd Avenue South and South Walker Street Area gets a Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover!

Pedestrians can now safely stroll along the east side of 23rd Avenue S between S College and S Waite streets, enjoying the new sidewalk, curb ramps, planting strips and trees (photo below).

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23 Ave South – New Sidewalk

Soon vehicles will also experience a smoother ride over the newly paved roadway along 23rd Avenue S in the same area. Over the past few months, SDOT has been working to install pedestrian and roadway safety improvements, to make the 23rd Avenue S and S Walker Street area more safe and comfortable for all modes of transportation.

To improve safety and access at street crossings the project installed a number of ADA compliant curb ramps along 23rd Avenue S, Rainier Avenue S and MLK Jr Way S and S Walker Street. Curb bulbs to improve visibility and reduce pedestrian crossing distance were installed on the east side of Rainier Avenue S and S Walker Street.

Additional segments of sidewalk were also installed on the south side of S College Street, from 23rd Avenue S to Rainier Avenue S and Rainier Avenue S between 23rd Avenue S and S Walker Street (see photo below).

South College Street - New Sidewalk

South College Street – New Sidewalk

The project will be completed over the next month as crews complete the installation of landscaping, curb ramps and signage.

Thank you for your patience during construction!

If you have any questions or comments about construction for this project, please email Alicia@stephersonassociates.com or call 206-615-1075.

For more about the project: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rdwalkerimprovements.htm

 

Move Seattle – Progressing towards the Seattle of tomorrow

What is Move Seattle?

Move Seattle is the Mayor and SDOT’s vision for how to integrate all of our planning for different travel modes into a holistic, 10-year strategic plan for transportation.  It builds from the Council-adopted modal plans, describing how they work together as a whole.  It includes strategic goals, near-term (3-year) and long-term (10-year) commitments for SDOT, and accountability measures, as well as a 10-year list of large capital project priorities. It is organized around Mayor Murray’s vision for Seattle as a safe, interconnected, affordable, vibrant and innovative city.

SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Mayor Ed Murray with community members at Move Seattle event.

SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Mayor Ed Murray with community members at Move Seattle event.

Delivering the following near-term actions in the next three years will help us meet our goals:

Roll out a coordinated Vision Zero program:

  • Implement 20 mph speed zones in residential areas on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, starting with areas with the highest crash rates
  • Carry out 5 corridor safety projects, including on Rainier Ave S, 35th Ave SW, Lake City Way, and SW Roxbury St
  • Reduce arterial speed limits to 30 mph or lower to improve safety
  • Create a traffic safety education kit for community groups and schools to promote road safety and Vision Zero
  • Partner with Seattle Police Department to conduct routine enforcement in areas with high crash rates
  • Partner with SPD to install at least 12 new school zone cameras
  • Improve school walking routes at up to 12 locations and upgrade school zone signage at up to 15 locations each year

 

Repair critical infrastructure to increase safety:

  • Repair up to 25 blocks of damaged sidewalk each year
  • Complete construction of the Yesler Avenue over Fourth Avenue bridge replacement and begin construction of the seismic retrofit of the 45th Avenue Viaduct East Bridge Approach and the replacement of the Post Avenue Bridge
  • Begin seismic retrofit of Seattle’s remaining unreinforced bridges
  • Rehabilitate up to 5 stairways each year

 

Enhance mobility and access:

  • Synchronize the downtown signal system
  • Establish a 24-hour Traffic Management Center to better manage traffic and incident response 24/7
  • Implement adaptive signal control along the Mercer Corridor, Denny Way, and 23rd Avenue
  • Develop an iconic Seattle transit map to make Seattle’s transit system easier to understand
  • Expand Transit Screen displays to 20 buildings to improve access to transportation information
  • Partner to design and launch a real-time multimodal travel and wayfinding app

 

Improve transit and maximize bus service and ridership growth:

  • Implement “Always on Time” bus routes by focusing transit capital improvements on the routes that serve most Seattle residents
  • Ensure that 75% of Seattle households are within a 10-minute walk of bus routes with service every 15 minutes or better
  • Install red bus-only lanes and transit priority improvements at pinch points and implement targeted enforcement to ensure bus-only lanes operate effectively
  • Upgrade bus stops and stations by implementing a street furniture program and adding real-time information signs and better lighting to busy bus stops
  • Begin construction of bus rapid transit on Madison Street
  • Begin construction of the Center City Streetcar Connector and the Broadway Extension on Capitol Hill

Bump up Seattle’s bikeability:

  • Install 1,500 bike parking spaces over the next three years
  • Encourage businesses to install bike racks in the right of way and work with building owners to increase quality off-street bike parking
  • Enhance bicycle commute programs available to employees

 

How were the strategic goals in Move Seattle established?

The five strategic goals in Move Seattle are consistent with Mayor Murray’s vision for Seattle:  A safe city, and interconnected city, an affordable city, a vibrant city, and an innovative city.  The document discusses how SDOT’s actions and investments will advance those larger city goals.

How did you prioritize the projects in Move Seattle?

The Seattle Department of Transportation rigorously prioritizes the large capital projects it recommends to City Council and the Mayor as part of the budget every year. This same prioritization process was used for the projects in Move Seattle.  Looking at factors as diverse as safety data and economic development potential, critical maintenance needs and potential to improve key transit, bike or freight routes, a list of 17 large capital projects over the next 10 years is proposed in the plan.

What was the public process for Move Seattle?

Move Seattle is a mayoral initiative that builds on adopted City policy in the modal master plans and other documents, such as the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. While the Move Seattle initiative did not have an individualized public engagement campaign, the policies it integrates were all subject to extensive public feedback and Council adoption.

Is Move Seattle the same as a potential Bridging the Gap transportation levy renewal?

No. The vision outlined in Move Seattle is much broader than what can be achieved through a transportation levy and involves many different sources of funding including grants, partnerships and other revenues sources. A replacement source of funding for the Bridging the Gap levy will be necessary, but is not sufficient, to realize the full vision in Move Seattle. Staff at SDOT are working closely with the Mayor’s office on planning for a transportation levy, and will have more information to share on that separate subject in the coming weeks. For more information: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/moveSeattle.htm

New Bike Leaning Rails and Improvements Installed at Burke-Gilman Crossing!

Hey Bikers and Trail Users,

The new Bicycle Leaning Rails have been installed at 25th Avenue NE and NE Blakeley Street along the Burke-Gilman Trail crossing, and are ready to use!

These rails and foot rests allow riders to rest an arm and/or foot when waiting at the trail intersection. Crews working for SDOT began installing the foot rests and rails last week in addition to the new wider bike-and-pedestrian friendly Curb Ramps. Please check out our latest Blog Video below:

Improvements to this intersection include:

  • Upgraded curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  • Signal modifications for the new protected bicycle/pedestrian phase for the south crossing on the Burke-Gilman Trail with bicycle icon signal heads and push buttons are in the works and are expected to be finished by the end of March.
  • Signal modifications to accommodate a new right-turn only pocket and protected turning phase on the west side of the intersection for eastbound motorists on NE Blakeley Street are also in the works and are expected to be finished soon.
New Bike Leaning Rail open and being used.

New Bike Leaning Rail open and being used.

New Wider ADA Curb Ramps.

New Curb Ramps at 25th Avenue NE and NE Blakeley Street.

 

The Bike Leaning Rails are already used in places like Copenhagen, Denmark and Chicago, and allow bicyclists to rest their foot and have something to hold onto for balance while waiting at the traffic light rather than using traffic light posts or other poles around them.

 

 

The rails also help align bike riders to one side of the trail so the sidewalk is kept clear for pedestrians, making it safer for all to cross the street.

We’ve also made improvements to the intersection of 30th Avenue NE and the Burke-Gilman Trail by building a raised crosswalk that alerts drivers of this crossing with the intent of slowing vehicle speeds. Raised crosswalks also help improve visibility between motorists and pedestrians and help maintain a level crossing for people biking, walking or with disabilities.

Crew Adrian and Jonathan Install Leaning Rail.

Installation Crew Adrian and Jonathan set new Leaning Rail.

This project is the first of its kind in Seattle; SDOT will be evaluating potential future sites.

Biker and Signs KeeperYou can learn more about this project by visitingwww.seattle.gov/transportation/UnionBlakeleyImprovements.htm.

Meetings Set for Rainier Avenue S Road Safety Corridor Project

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Residents living in the vicinity of Rainier Avenue S will receive the postcard (pictured above) inviting them to Design Alternatives Review meetings for this road safety corridor project. More than 1200 collisions have occurred on Rainier since 2011 resulting in 630 injuries and two fatalities. SDOT has developed several different engineering options to improve safety for all modes on Rainier. Please join us to review and to provide feedback into these options.

Here are the details:

Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia School – Cafeteria/Commons, 3528 S Ferdinand St (please use the South Edmunds St entrance and parking area)

Tuesday, Mar. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ethiopian Community Center, 8323 Rainier Ave S

The input you provide will help shape the direction of our work. Be sure to check out the excellent data about the corridor on our website prior to the meetings to familiarize yourself with the issues.

And to see what we’ve done on other road safety corridors, follow these links:

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Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor

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Beacon Hill Safety Improvements Underway

The North Beacon Safety Connections Project is making safety improvements on Beacon Hill for pedestrians and bicyclists, including students and families traveling to and from Beacon Hill International school. Please checkout our Blog Video below featuring Safe Routes To School Coordinator Brian Dougherty with his update.

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Beacon Hill International School

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Beacon Ave Sidewalk

North Beacon Safety Map - click to view largerSDOT crews are building a new redesigned intersection south of the school at Beacon Avenue South and 14th Avenue South. The new intersection will have:

  • An all-way stop with marked crosswalks on all sides.
  • Curb ramps and curb extensions at all corners of the intersection which reduces the pedestrian crossing distance.
  • A raised crosswalk in the south portion of the intersection which will encourage slower vehicle crossing speed.

The intersection is also being realigned so that southbound motorists on 14th Ave South must turn left or right at Beacon Avenue South, except bicycles.  The change will reduce cut-through traffic on 14th Avenue South and will improve visibility and safety for people crossing the street.

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Beacon Avenue Sidewalk Construction

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Beacon Ave Construction

This project is a part of Safe Routes to School an organized national effort to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. SDOT supports this effort by funding engineering improvements, education, and encouragement campaigns at public and private schools throughout Seattle.

Family walking on 14 Ave S

Family walking on 14 Ave S

Keep Kids Safe Sign at Beacon Hill Intl. School

Keep Kids Safe Sign at Beacon Hill Intl. School

There has been a dramatic decrease of children walking and bicycling to school over the past several decades. Parents dropping their kids off at school in cars contribute to morning traffic jams in our communities that impact everyone. The good news is walking and biking to school has increased at 26 of 28 schools evaluated in Seattle from 2007 to 2013.

In addition to the intersection work, SDOT has built a new continuous sidewalk on the northeast side of Beacon Avenue South, that runs west to South Holgate Street.  The new sidewalk, curb ramps, and an uphill bike lane connect the North Beacon Hill business district to the Mountains to Sound Trail to the west, which helps improve the connection between Beacon Hill and SODO.

Beacon Ave S westbound towards South Holgate St

Beacon Ave S westbound towards South Holgate St

SDOT crews are working hard to enhance safety and mobility, and improve our infrastructure.  This project is funded by the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy, Safe Routes to School, Sidewalk Development Program, and Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

We would like to thank the community for their patience as we work to complete this project which will make it safer and easier for kids, neighbors and families to get around on Beacon Hill.

Plan Ahead for Sunday’s Big Game

Seattle’s abuzz with football excitement as the Seahawks look to make history in Phoenix this Sunday.

On this final Blue Friday of the season, we present you with some critical information so you can plan ahead if you plan to drink. It’s common knowledge that drinking and driving don’t mix. Consider these travel options as you put together your game plan for the big day:

  • Get a ride – Take the bus, rail, a cab or a service like Uber, Lyft, Curbed or Flywheel to get around town. Let a professional driver escort you between the party and your home.
  • Select a Designated Driver – Make sure someone stays sober if driving is necessary. Driving impaired is one sure-fire way to ruin a momentous occasion.
  • Park it – If you accidentally consume some “special brownies” at the party, leave your car parked overnight and sleep it off at a friends house. Everything you need to know about pre-paid parking can be found here.
  • Walk safe – Walking impaired is no party. Be sure you’re sober enough to navigate our busy urban streets before heading out solo. If you don’t have your wits about you, have a sober friend help you get to your destination or just sleep it off.

 

We hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend! GO HAWKS!

Let's hope we get to do this again next week!

Let’s hope we get to do this again next week!

 

Safer New Pioneer Square Sidewalk Thanks to Neighborhood Street Fund

Thanks to community and SDOT efforts, safety and accessibility have been greatly improved by the addition of a new sidewalk and curb ramp on South Jackson Street from 2nd Ave South to 3rd Ave South in Pioneer Square.

The new sidewalk and curb ramp replaced the outdated sidewalk which had a slanted grade and tall alley curb, which made it difficult for anyone with limited mobility or pushing deliveries to access.

Jackson Street Before New Sidewalk

South Jackson Street Before New Sidewalk

Jackson Street After New Sidewalk

South Jackson Street After New Sidewalk

Pioneer Square based International Sustainability Institute and the Alliance for Pioneer Square applied for and was awarded a Neighborhood Street Fund grant to pay for these improvements. The Neighborhood Street Fund Program pays for neighborhood transportation projects which are identified and prioritized by the community itself. The funds for this program come from the Bridging the Gap levy.

SDOT staff and crews worked closely with the surrounding businesses and property owners along the stretch of Jackson to plan and complete the work. This project is an example of SDOT and the community working together to make our streets and sidewalks safe and accessible for everyone.

Bridging the Gap Levy Dollars at work – 2015, part 2

Last week’s post focused more on the larger projects (bridges, paving, trees and the Neighborhood Street Fund Large Projects) supported by your transportation levy – BTG. This week we will look at the work plans for pedestrians, bikes and traffic management operations.

Since the BTG initiative was passed by Seattle voters in 2006, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has pulled together ambitious work plans each year and 2015 is no exception. SDOT crews will continue replacing guardrail and focus on replacing and repairing crash cushions at key roadway points across the city. Crews will also rehabilitate seven stairways and construct seven blocks of new sidewalk.

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More work to be completed in 2015:

  • SDOT will install 2,000 new regulatory signs and new street name signs will be installed at 1,250 intersections.

 

  • Crews will make 40 crossing improvements, complete eight Safe Routes to School projects, construct 200 new curb ramps and install pedestrian countdown signals at 25 intersections.

 

  • More than 520 centerline lane miles of arterial roadway will be restriped, 500 crosswalks will also be restriped and 60 miles of on-street bicycle facilities will be maintained.

 

  • SDOT will inspect 40 miles of trails and bikeways, install 25 miles of signed bicycle routes, install 12 miles of greenways and seven miles of bike lanes and sharrows and install 500 bicycle parking spaces across the city.

 

  • 50,000 transit service hours will be preserved, two transit corridors will be designed, and two will be constructed, while six priority bus corridors will see strategic spot improvements constructed.

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Through the first six years of the levy, the city has delivered on the promises made by BTG. We have constructed more than 107 blocks of new sidewalk, installed more than 47,600 new regulatory signs, replaced street names signs at 11,137 intersections, improved walking routes more than 50 schools, remarked 5,240 crosswalks, installed 181 miles of bike route signage, striped 156 miles of bike lanes and sharrows, upgraded 16,000 linear-feet of guardrail and installed pedestrian countdown signals at 255 intersections. Each of these projects help residents of Seattle navigate the city a little easier and a little more safely.

For more information about BTG’s goals and progress on meeting those targets, please visit the BTG web page.