A Site Plan for Mobility…

Mobility can be key to a healthy, happy, and engaged community. Whether taking a stroll to a neighbor’s house, or biking to a local café for a cup of coffee, the ability to move safely and easily through our neighborhoods is what lets us participate in our communities. But as neighborhoods change and grow, maintaining mobility and connectedness can sometimes be difficult. That’s why SDOT has made it a priority to help people planning construction projects to also consider and plan for mobility.

As part of this effort we have rolled out six new construction planning templates (plus two blank templates) that will help people recognize and plan for mobility impacts for all types of projects, large and small. Planning a construction project? Check out the new templates here. As you can see below, it’s now easier than ever for people planning a project to communicate ideas to maintain mobility, whether or not the area has sidewalks or alleyways.


Prudent planning not only makes for more navigable neighborhoods, but can save time and money too. For example, we recently responded to a situation, pictured below, in which construction fencing had crept so far out onto the sidewalk that there was no landing on which pedestrians could stand. Even the crosswalk button was hidden behind the fence!


With effective planning this situation may have been avoided from the start, thereby keeping both construction and members of the community moving right along. It is our hope that these new planning templates will help keep Seattle’s neighborhoods vibrant and connected!

Have questions about the new templates? Feel free to email us at SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.


City Offices are closed for the Memorial Day Holiday

Monday is a federal holiday in which we honor the those who have died while serving in the United States military. Originally Memorial Day began as an event honoring Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War.  After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action. Initially titled Decoration Day, after World War II the day became known as Memorial Day.


City of Seattle offices will be closed Memorial Day; On-street parking is free in Seattle on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.

New Crowdsourcing App Launched to Collect Feedback on a Neighborhood Greenway in Rainier Valley

DOT has launched a crowdsourcing app www.tinyurl.com/rainierNGW so community members can give feedback using a computer or mobile device. The app makes it even easier for you to submit comments on three possible north-south neighborhood greenway routes in the Rainier Valley. Comments must be submitted by June 12, 2015 for consideration. We’ll use your comments and technical analysis to select the most promising route. Once it is built in 2016, the greenway will be another connection between Rainier Beach and the I-90 trail for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike.

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Using the app you can zoom in to areas of interest and make a comment or recommendation by clicking the box in the upper right corner. Next, select points of interest from a drop-down menu, or type your own comments and recommendations. Once a point of interest or recommendation has been entered, you’re given the option to be contacted by the project team, or to be added to the project email list.

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Figure 2 – Screenshot of drop down menu

After contact information is entered, users are required to pin down their recommendation or point of interest by clicking on the location. Once a recommendation is submitted it can’t be edited, so make sure the right location is chosen prior to clicking “Submit Recommendation” at the bottom of the form.

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Figure 3 – Screenshot of point of interest placed on map and Submit Recommendation button

These steps can also be repeated to make additional recommendations. After comments are submitted on the right side of the form, you’ll see a list of all posted recommendations and comments. The list, which can also be hidden, shares what others are saying. You can like a recommendation and even add other comments to existing recommendations. This makes it easy for the project team to consider solutions and address concerns.

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Figure 4 – Screenshot of submitted points of interest and comments made

SDOT will continue to add features to this new tool and it will be used to gather public feedback on other projects. Please use the app to provide comments or recommendations and help the project team decide on the most promising route for the greenway.

Project Contacts

Emily Ehlers, Project Manager at Emily.Ehlers@Seattle.gov or (206) 684-8264
Dawn Schellenberg, Community Engagement Liaison at Dawn.Schellenberg@Seattle.gov or (206) 684-5189

Seahawk Michael Bennett, Mayor Murray celebrate Bike to Work Day

Seahawk Michael Bennett and Mayor Ed Murray celebrated Bike to Work Day by riding along the Lake Washington Ship Canal near Fremont and were joined by community members.

Seahawk Michael Bennett (on SPD bike) Mayor Murray and Elizabeth Kiker, Cascade Bicycle Club on Bike to work Day ride.

Seahawk Michael Bennett, Mayor Murray, Elizabeth Kiker with Cascade Bicycle Club and community members on Bike to work Day ride.

Bennett famously took a victory lap around Century Link Field on a Seattle Police Department bike after the Seahawks won the NFC Championship game on the road to the Super Bowl last season. SPD again provided Bennett with a bike to use on today’s ride.

Bennett supports biking and recently launched the Bennett Foundation to battle childhood obesity, he encouraged everyone to get out and ride because it’s a healthy and fun way to get out and enjoy the city. He bikes with his family and gets out at least twice a week.

Michael Bennett and Mayor Murray encourage biking; SPD loan Michael a helmet and bike for the ride.

Michael Bennett and Mayor Murray encourage biking; SPD loan Michael a helmet and bike for the ride.

Bike trips on Seattle’s major bike routes are up 12 percent during the first 4 months of 2015, compared the same period last year. On the 39th Ave NE greenway, which provides a bike friendly corridor through Seattle neighborhoods of Wedgewood and Bryant to the Burke-Gillman trail, bike traffic has increased 40 percent.

Fremont Bridge’s bike counter tallied more than one million riders in 2014. The Pronto! cycle share program now has 50 stations throughout Seattle, and will be adding two new stations this month.

The Mayor transmitted his proposed Transportation Levy to Move Seattle to the Seattle City Council, which will consider sending the measure to the voters in November. Move Seattle will implement major pieces of the Bicycle Master Plan, including funding for 170 miles of neighborhood greenways and protected bike lanes over 9 years.

SDOT continues to improve bicycle access and mobility enhancements throughout the city. Last year SDOT completed the 1.2 mile Second Avenue protected bike lane now used by more than 1,000 cyclists a day.

This year, SDOT begins construction of the permanent Roosevelt Way protected bike lane and the Westlake cycle track. The department will build a total of 12 miles of neighborhood greenways and seven miles of bike lanes in neighborhoods throughout Seattle in 2015.

Mayor and Michael Bennett BTWD 5-15-15

Thanks to everyone that participated in today’s ride. For useful bicycling information and an online bike map, please visit SDOT’s biking webpage.


How Should Seattle Grow? You Tell Us!

Today’s an important milestone in planning the future of Seattle. Why, you ask? Because the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has  released the Seattle 2035 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for review and comment!


Hold on, don’t leave! Yes, the name is super technical, but the Draft EIS is something you need to pay attention to.

  • Do you care about traffic and wish that it was easier to get around Seattle?
  • Do you ever wonder about where you might live in the future and whether you’ll be able to afford it?
  • With so many new people moving to Seattle, do you want to know where all that growth might go?
  • How can we minimize impacts to low-income people, people of color and English-language learners and ensure that everyone in Seattle benefits from growth?


The Draft EIS looks at several different ways that Seattle could grow over the next 20 years and potential impacts and mitigation measures for each.


Ok, so how can I actually see what’s in the Draft EIS and share my thoughts? Here’s what to do:

  • If you’ve ever thought about any of these things for even a few minutes, then you need to know what’s in the Seattle 2035 Draft EIS.
  • “Seattle’s new Comprehensive Plan will be our blueprint for a more walkable, livable community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Race and social justice must be a foundational value as we update our plan. In the coming years, we need to encourage healthy growth and prosperity for all our diverse communities.”
  • From now until June 18, you can check out the Draft EIS and provide your comments.

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  1. Don’t have hours to spend reading a Draft EIS? Click here to check out our online open house and take the survey.
  2. Have questions you want to ask us? Attend our Draft EIS Open House and Public Hearing on May 27 and chat with us in-person
  3. More of a policy wonk? You can view the full Draft EIS here


And here’s how to submit a comment…

  • Email: Send comments to 2035@seattle.gov
  • By mail: Send comments to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Gordon Clowers, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124.
  • In Person: Attend our open House and public Hearing on May 27, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall and provide a comment in person.


All surveys and written comments must be submitted by June 18, 2015. Written comments will be addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which is scheduled to be released in fall 2015, and which will inform future goals, policies and guide how Seattle grows over the next 20 years.

Seattle 2035 is a yearlong, citywide conversation about change – where we’ve been, where we are now, and where want to go over the next 20 years. Connect with Seattle 2035 so you can help shape the future of Seattle.


Reminder: Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project Open House is Thursday 5/14 from 4-7pm

Join us for tomorrow’s Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Open House:

Where: Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way

When: Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • View the bridge design
  • Learn more about anticipated construction impacts and detour routes
  • Talk to project staff and designers

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.

The Yesler Way Bridge is vital in connecting residents, commuters, workers and businesses in the surrounding area and neighborhoods. In addition to being a major connector, the bridge displays unique and historic design elements which include decorative pedestrian railings, ornamental capitals, casings, and corbels on the exterior “fascia” girders.

Improvements to the bridge include:

  • Remove interior steel columns to form a single span superstructure
  • Rehabilitate east abutment wall and replace west abutment wall
  • Reconstruct the northwest staircase
  • Rehabilitate and preserve the key historic features of the bridge, which include:
    • North and south fascia girders, columns, cladding, capitals and corbels
    • North and south pedestrian railings
    • Decorative lighting on north fascia girder
  • Improve intersection design to reduce crosswalk distance, accommodate ADA and increase user safety
  • Provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps at crosswalk locations within the project area, where feasible


We hope to see you at our open house tomorrow from4:00-7:00 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: YeslerBridge@seattle.gov or 206-684-8684

Free Public Tours of construction along the SR 520 corridor for Summer 2015

WSDOT is hosting tours of the new floating bridge. The tours begin May 30, and will access the construction site from Evergreen Point Road in Medina.  Participants will learn about WSDOT’s efforts to replace the floating bridge and will be treated to tours led by SR 520 project engineers on the new bridge in the current construction zone. Construction began in early 2012 and the new bridge now extends more than a mile from the Medina shoreline.

SR 520 Tour Map

SR 520 Tour Map

Separate tours of the West Approach Bridge North will begin in June and will take place in Seattle.  Visitors will learn about the State’s efforts to replace the vulnerable west approach bridge through a guided tour of the project site. For the safety of the guests, tours will be led by SR 520 project engineers around the project site on public trails and sidewalks, not through active construction zones. Construction began in fall 2014 and progress can be seen on Lake Washington and around Montlake.

SR 520 Aerial View.

SR 520 Aerial View.

SR 520 West Approach Tour Map

SR 520 West Approach Tour Map

Tour sign-ups are open to those 18 years or older; however, signing up does NOT guarantee you a spot on the tour. Tour group size is limited and we anticipate high levels of interest. Please see below for additional rules of participation.

Participants will be selected by random drawing and notified of their selection approximately two weeks prior to the tour date. We will try our best to accommodate as many interested parties as possible.

SR 520 Floating Bridge Tour Dates

Tours will be held monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. The current tour dates (which are subject to change if needed) are:

  • May 30, 2015 ( Registration Open, closes 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 13 )
  • June 27, 2015
  • July 25, 2015
  • August 29, 2015
  • September 26, 2015

SR 520 Floating Bridge Tour Details

  • The tours include a walk of approximately two miles round trip. Visitors must be able to walk over uneven, steep terrain and climb up and down about 70 stairs.
  • Tours last approximately two hours.
  • Tours begin at the Evergreen Point Road Lid Park and Ride: SR 520 & Evergreen Point Road in Medina.
  • Photography will be allowed on tours.
  • Tours will be conducted rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. In cases of severe weather, such as snow or ice, tours may be canceled with short notice.
  • Tours may be canceled and dates may change for any reason due to the dynamic nature of construction activities.

SR 520 Floating Bridge Rules of Participation

  • Advanced sign up is required.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older, minors are not allowed on site.
  • Participants may sign up once per month to be randomly selected for a tour.
  • Participants may sign up two participants at once (themselves and one additional guest).
  • If selected, sign up is not transferrable.
  • Due to high demand, participants may only attend one tour.
  • Participants must wear proper footwear (sturdy work boots or hiking boots only). Those without proper footwear will not be allowed to enter the construction site.
  • In order to enter the active construction site, participhttp://sdotblog.seattle.gov/wp-admin/post-new.php#ants must sign a liability waiver on the day of the tour.
  • Pets are not allowed on the tour.

Questions? Contact the project information office at: SR520bridge@wsdot.wa.gov or 206-770-3554.

Mayor, City Announce Revised Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

On March 2, 2015, Mayor Ed Murray launched Move Seattle, a vision for transportation in our city for the next 10 years. Move Seattle connects and integrates existing plans for walking, biking, transit, and freight into a holistic 10-year strategy that will help the city meet present demands while also looking ahead to the future as we continue to grow

For the past year, the Mayor and SDOT have worked together to prepare a draft transportation levy proposal to replace the current transportation levy, called Bridging the Gap (BTG), that expires at the end of 2015. Approved by voters in 2006, BTG has helped address our maintenance backlog, increase transit reliability, and improve safety.

Mayor Murray announces the Levy to Move Seattle.

Mayor Murray announces the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle.

On March 18, Mayor Murray and SDOT unveiled the draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle and began a citywide conversation about our next major investment in transportation.

The proposed 9-year, $900 million draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal aimed to:

  • Take care of the basics by paving streets, retrofitting bridges, and improving road safety
  • Invest in our transportation system to keep pace with our growing city
  • Improve safety and mobility for all travelers – people walking, biking, driving cars, moving goods, and taking transit
  • Contribute to an integrated and connected system that is easy-to-use, affordable, and convenient

Improvements proposed in the draft levy were organized around Mayor Murray’s vision for Seattle: a city that is safe, affordable, interconnected, and vibrant.

It was the City’s goal that this levy reflect the needs of our communities and improve the day-to-day realities of getting around a growing Seattle. To accomplish this, from mid- March through April 2015, SDOT and the Mayor’s Office engaged in a citywide outreach effort to better understand the public’s transportation priorities and receive feedback on the draft levy proposal.

The draft levy proposal was revised in early May to reflect community priorities communicated during the public engagement process.

Mayor Murray and SDOT released the revised levy proposal on May 6, 2015.

Mayor Murray presents revised proposal (upper left; clockwise as follows), Community supporters, SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Rebecca Saldana, Puget Sound Sage

Mayor Murray presents revised proposal (upper left; clockwise as follows); Community supporters; SDOT Director Scott Kubly with Kelly Aramaki, Seattle Public Schools; Rebecca Saldana, Puget Sound Sage with Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Mike O’Brien.


Reflecting Community Priorities

During the public engagement process, we heard that the people of Seattle view safety, particularly for people on foot and on bicycle, as a top priority. We also heard support for greater investments in transit reliability and access, improved connections to light rail, and making it safer and more comfortable for people to walk throughout Seattle. We have revised the proposal to reflect these community priorities.

The revised levy proposal that Mayor Murray will submit to City Council responds to community feedback by increasing funds for neighborhood priority projects, transit investments, and pedestrian safety and mobility. It would fund $930 million in investments over nine years – $30 million more than the draft proposal released in March. The additional funding would come from levy revenue growth caused by growth in Seattle property value and number of households. The final levy’s cost to taxpayers ($275 annually for the owner of a median value home) would remain the same as proposed earlier.

Once the levy legislation is submitted to City Council, SDOT and the Mayor’s Office will coordinate closely with Councilmembers as they review it and will continue to encourage community feedback on the proposal.

Learn more about the levy and share your feedback with us. There are many ways you can get involved in the discussion.

Questions? Contact Allison Schwartz, Levy Outreach Lead, at allison.schwartz@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4654


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: YeslerBridge@seattle.gov or 206-684-8684

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 http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/madisonBRT.htm. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Sara Walton at madisonbrt@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4645