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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.[More]
In late September 2013, SDOT conducted its third Bicycle Participation Phone Survey of Seattle residents age 16 and older. To improve the quality of the data, a sampling of cell phones was called. This is significant because 29 percent of respondents said they only have a cell phone. New questions were also added asking why residents don’t have access to a working bicycle.
The core findings remain largely the same as in 2011 and 2012. One change of note is that 50 percent of the respondents have access to a working bicycle up from 40 percent in 2012. It is not yet clear if this is a trend or a result of sample variance. The survey shows that about 29 percent of the population over 16 (or about 158,000 residents) ride a bicycle at least occasionally. Of these, approximately 97,000 are regular riders, riding a few times a month or more.
The survey findings show that most bicycle trips are five miles or less. This is especially true for destination riders, where 65 percent of their trips are five miles or less. 2013 showed a significant increase in the number of people biking who said they mostly use arterial streets with bike lanes, up six percent to 37 percent of people biking.
“Don’t feel safe” surpassed weather as the most common reason those with access to a working bicycle don’t ride more often. Concern about safety was the reason 35 percent of destination riders said they don’t ride more often. This was 17 percentage points higher than the percent of recreational riders, who ride more often on off street trials, and answered the reason they don’t ride more often is because they don’t feel safe.
For more details please see the Bicycle Data webpage.
Seattle has the vision of making riding a bike a comfortable and integral part of daily life for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, you may want to read the Bicycle Master Plan Update and ou can also visit our web pages on Neighborhood Greenways and Cycle Tracks, also known as protected bike lanes.
Commuting has never been so arty – for the price of a metro ticket, tourists and locals have access to 16 metro stations filled with 200 colorful works of art — including sculptures, murals, mosaics and floor decorations.
In French photographer Janol Apin’s Métropolisson project, the names of Parisian subway stations come to life when the photographer stages scenes with astronauts, rock stars, barebreasted goddesses, and more on the platforms of the city’s subway system. The result is a series of photographs emphasizing our disconnect with the past and the results are fantastically bizarre. Click above to see more of the photos.
The party departs from the Second Avenue station platform this Sunday, December 8th Daddio! RSVP here if you’re going to be in NYC. It’s a part of MTA’s Holiday Season Nostalgia Train & Bus Rides. Can’t make the party? Here in Seattle we have the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA) which sponsors excursions and special trips using their fleet of historic trolley and motorbuses. This year they are doing Santa’s Light Tour on Saturday, December 14th! Santa Claus takes time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole for a 3-hour tour of Seattle’s best Christmas lights. Buses depart at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5. ORCA cards won’t work for this trip!
Seattle has a rich tradition of public art. Check out SDOT’s Art Plan which details how we here at SDOT use our 1% for Art funding. And if you’re an artist who’s really on the ball, you probably already know about our Call for Artists for major Seattle Waterfront artwork. The call is open to professional artists working nationally or internationally. The budget for this commission is approximately $1,000,000, inclusive of design, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs. The application deadline is Thursday, December 19, 2013 so get crackin’ on that proposal. All the details are outlined in the Working Plan for Art on the Central Seattle Waterfront. This major commission is envisioned as a centerpiece for the Waterfront, for Pier 62/63 or the Union Street Pier.
Semi-Related: Artwork installed on First Hill Streetcar poles
|Public art around Seattle|
Sound Transit’s Northgate Link Extension will extend Link service in Seattle to three stations north of the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium (also currently under construction as part of University Link):
- U District Station
- Roosevelt Station, and
- Northgate Station.
The map to the right shows the alignment and station locations of the Northgate Link Extension. Estimated ride time is about 14 minutes from Northgate to downtown Seattle!
Construction formally kicked-off in 2012 and work is underway so that service to U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate Stations can begin by 2021. In late September, construction activities moved into a new gear when JCM Northlink LLC, Sound Transit’ excavation and tunneling contractor, started work. The majority of the alignment for the Northgate Link Extension will be built underground. The tunnels begin at the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium and extend 3.6 miles north where they come out of the ground at NE 94th street at what is called the Maple Leaf Portal (see map above). Tunnels will be constructed from north to south using tunnel boring machines (TBMs). Check out this video about how TBMs work.
Preparations are currently underway by JCM Northlink LLC so that tunneling can begin in late 2014. Before digging the tunnel, construction crews must move utilities out of the way, install monitoring equipment, remove vegetation/trees, and install perimeter walls/fences around construction sites. They must also excavate areas where the stations and portal will eventually go. The tunneling crews will use these excavated areas as starting points to launch the tunnel boring machines. Activity will be increasing around the Maple Leaf Portal, Roosevelt Station, and U District Station sites as construction crews make the preparations needed to begin tunneling.
To stay up to date on Northgate Link Extension construction activities and associated travel detours/closures subscribe to email alerts through Sound Transit’s website or access the alerts online. Sound Transit holds open houses periodically – the next one, U District Station Construction Open House, is scheduled for 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. General project information is available at http://www.soundtransit.org/northlink or by calling (206) 398-5300. Sound Transit also provides a 24-hour construction hotline at (888) 298-2395.[More]
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks an artist or artist team to create a major integrated artwork on the public piers of the Seattle Central Waterfront. These piers will be rebuilt as part of Waterfront Seattle, a large-scale project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with the potential of 26 acres of new public space, streets, parks, and buildings. The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the project design team to create an original artwork or series of artworks on Union Street Pier or Pier 62/63. The call is one of a series of calls for permanent and temporary artworks along the redeveloped Seattle waterfront.
The artist will join the Waterfront Seattle design team in February 2014 and will develop a conceptual direction for the artwork over the first half of 2014. Upon acceptance of the concept design, the artist will be contracted for design development, engineering, fabrication and installation of the artwork.
Eligibility: Open to professional artists working in the United States and internationally.
Budget: The total project budget is estimated to be $1,000,000 all-inclusive of design, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs.
Deadline: 11 p.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013 (Pacific Standard Time).
Application: Click here to apply.
You can click here for more details http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/calls_for_art.asp or contact Eric Fredericksen, Public Art Project Manager at (206) 733-9838.
Here are some recent additions that might interest you….
The Broadway Cycle Track now has a webpage of its own:
And you can see more photos of the Broadway Cycle Track here:
If you missed the Center City Pedestrian Safety Holiday Campaign kickoff, you can still catch up on all the fun!
And one more thing - are you concerned about traffic safety in your neighborhood? Go to our Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program webpage for a list of 2014 Safety Meetings scheduled around the Seattle.…the final dates will be added later, but you can make a note on your monthly calendar.
SDOT offices are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. Enjoy these last days of this November.
We’ll be back in the office on Monday, December 2, 2013.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
One of the pieces of the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative is the evaluation and installation of new signals and maintaining the equipment that keeps those signals functioning properly. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) had several goals related to signal up keep in 2013 and those goals have been met.
For 2013, SDOT said it would install three new left-turn signals, two new signals and complete eight major maintenance projects. SDOT also committed to evaluating 25 intersections for left turn improvements and evaluate 40 intersections for possible new signals. As of today all of this work has been completed for the year and crews are continuing preventative maintenance work on the 1,070 signals across the city. They expect to wrap up that work in mid-December.
New left turn signals have been installed at: Beacon Avenue S and S Spokane Street, 4th Avenue S and S Dawson Street, and at 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street. Two new traffic signals have been installed at: Queen Anne Avenue N and Highland Drive and at First Avenue S and S Walker Street.
New signals and the requests for evaluation of a particular location are not cheap and every request, whether implemented or not , must go through a lengthy process of on-site monitoring, data analysis, evaluation, review, more number crunching before final approvals. The actual installation phase entails another equally lengthy process and none of this could happen without the funding from the BTG.
While a lot of the work that is completed by BTG is highly visible (paving, new sidewalks, bridge replacement, restriping work); it is the less visible work that helps keep traffic (all modes!) moving and safe. If you would like more information on BTG please visit the website.[More]
Grab your headphones, kick back, and enjoy these viral transportation-related videos!
The N 105th-N/NE Northgate Way Project is moving right along
We understand that folks forced to detour because of this project are thinking it is taking too long. Actually, it is moving right along given that it is far more than just a paving project. The construction crews expect to reopen the eastbound lanes of N 105th from Greenwood to Aurora by the end of the year. The closure, which has been in place since late last summer, is the initial phase of the year-long project that will provide complete roadway repaving from Greenwood to Corliss Avenue North (just west of I-5), along with new curbs, sidewalks, driveways, and curb ramps, as well as a new drainage system (including new storm drains, stormwater detention pipes and water quality features).
In addition, existing traffic signals and streetlights will be upgraded to new LED technology and eight new streetlights will be added in dark spots currently lacking in adequate lighting. The LEDs use considerably less energy while lasting longer and providing significantly improved light quality. New dynamic messages signs are being installed at Fremont and N 105th and at Lake City Way and NE 120th, which will provide motorists with valuable real-time information about road conditions. New closed circuit cameras at Ashworth and N 105th and at Meridian Avenue N and N Northgate Way will allow SDOT to monitor actual traffic conditions and respond to incidents as they occur.
Once the Greenwood to Aurora segment is reopened to eastbound traffic, construction will move east, at which point the eastbound travel lanes from Aurora to Meridian Avenue N will be closed to motorists. As is currently the case with the initial construction phase, westbound traffic in this stretch will be reduced to a single lane as needed for construction. Construction along this stretch of road will take up to six months, before work moves to the one-block segment from Meridian to Corliss Avenue North. Fortunately, this last section of N Northgate Way is sufficiently wide that both directions of travel will remain open during road construction.
Largely funded through the 2007 voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy, this is one of a number of SDOT Arterial Asphalt/Concrete (AAC) projects intended to maintain and upgrade major arterial corridors throughout the city, while also taking advantage of the construction activity to make major improvements in storm drain infrastructure, and to install new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) features intended to make travel easier, safer, and more predictable.