Have thoughts about how Pike St could look and feel? Maybe you’ve got some ideas about what could happen in the street to make it better to move, hang out, and interact.
SDOT is going ahead with plans to build a bridge over South Lander Street between 1st and 4th avenues south to improve traffic, rail operations, and safety in the SODO neighborhood. At this early phase in the design process, we want to hear from you.
Learn more about the project and share feedback on key design features at our South Lander St Bridge Project Open House on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Metropolist located at 2931 1st Ave S in Seattle.
If you can’t make it to this Open House, you can visit our online open house, available from June 6 -17 at landerbridge.participate.online.
South Lander St is an essential east-west corridor in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. Every day, the street serves freight, commuters, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as King County Metro buses and the Port of Seattle.
The corridor includes a crossing of four railroad tracks, which pose a safety risk and can cause traffic delays. Train crossings result in the road being closed more than 4.5 hours per day, impacting the mobility of tens of thousands of people and severely affecting access to port and local manufacturing facilities. South Lander St creates direct connections to facilities critical to our economy at the Port of Seattle, which contribute to 75,000 existing jobs and an additional 25,000 jobs that are forecasted by 2040.
The project may sound familiar – it went through preliminary design in 2007, but was put on hold. Thanks to the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle, this project is moving forward again. Our transportation system has changed since 2007 and SDOT engineers are reevaluating the project’s previous design concepts to ensure the safest and most effective solution.
City of Seattle offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. On-street parking is free in Seattle on Monday, May 30 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.
Vision Zero is excited to have worked closely with the University of Washington Information School to make collision data more interactive and accessible to everyone. Educating people about what is happening in their neighborhood and citywide streets is one of the key elements to making Vision Zero successful. Collision data is also one of the driving factors that we use to determine the engineering treatments and level of investments we make towards a safer transportation infrastructure.
Last night at the UW Information School Capstone event, more than 300 students presented on projects where they were presented with a problem and developed a solution to an information challenge for a client in a community.
The new website will be available soon for everyone to use and learn more about the police reported collisions that have happened in your area. Here’s a preview of what’s to come:
Our dedicated SDOT sign shop staff invited us in to see all the different things they do to help travelers find their way and keep us all going in the right direction.
Meet Robin Ford. He has been the Crew Chief for the City of Seattle sign shop for about a year. Ford’s crew (all three of them!) produces all of the signs in our city. The signs they create range from street name and traffic control, to those custom designed “welcome to the neighborhood” signs. His team focuses on providing the city with a fast turn-around on production.
The old process for manufacturing the signs was to screen print them onto metal or wood. Screen printing was useful for bulk production, but the process took time. Each pigment needed to be laid onto the design one at a time. Once the design was printed onto the material, setting the signs aside to set took about 1-2 hours. Ford hasn’t screen printed in 6 months.
Today, they use digital printers and plotters for a speedier method of production. The digital printers use an adhesive material for easier application. UV coating is then placed over the designs to secure its longevity. These printers also allow printing on reflective material, warranted for 10 years.
Plotters cut designs out of vinyl materials to be placed on the metals.
Here’s a link to our previous post about sign replacement: http://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2014/11/24/bridging-the-gap-2014-signage-work-nearly-complete/.
The next time you’re driving, walking, or taking the bus through our streets, stop to admire the work of our sign shop crew. If you want to view other photos that were taken on this tour, check out out Flickr.
Have you ever wondered what SDOT does with those old street names signs? Wonder no more! 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!
This week, crews working on behalf of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) completed the majority of work under the Greenwood Ave N Transit and Sidewalk project. The work included safety and transit improvements along Greenwood Ave N, a key north-south arterial, between N 90th St and N 105th St.
Prior to construction, the lack of a curb and planting strip along Greenwood Ave N, especially along the east side of the road, failed to safely separate pedestrians from vehicle traffic. Overgrown vegetation partially hid bus stops, which had to be accessed through narrow, uneven sidewalks.
This project constructed more than half a mile of new sidewalk and about 30 curb ramps on the east side of Greenwood Ave N between N 92nd St and N 105th St, along with a planting strip between the sidewalk and road along much of the corridor. Transit improvements include 4 new in-lane bus islands with shelters and lighting near the intersections of N 92nd St and N 97th St. New bus islands replace some existing stops, which helps improve bus stop spacing and contributes to transit reliability through the corridor.
The new facilities improve safety for pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists traveling through the Greenwood Ave N corridor, and offer greater safety and comfort for transit riders. The improvements also contribute to more predictable travel patterns for all road users and improved transit reliability.
Funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy, Neighborhood Street Fund and a grant from the State’s Transportation Improvement Board, this project supports Vision Zero, an international initiative that aims for no fatalities or serious injuries in traffic collisions.
For more project information, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/transit_greenwood.htm.
SDOT’s Westlake Cycle Track Project is reaching the halfway point! The protected bike lane along Westlake Avenue North will provide a safer place for people riding bikes, walking and driving, while improving connectivity and accessibility for all travelers in the Westlake area.
Construction recap – from January to May
Construction of the protected bike lane began in January this year and is separated into four phases. Phase 1 and Phase 2 are on the north end of the corridor and are nearly complete.
Our construction team is coordinating with Westlake businesses and residents to minimize construction impacts as they work to finish the project as safely and efficiently as possible.
Our crews are making progress on Phase 3 in the south end.
This Friday, May 6, from 7 – 9 a.m., keep an eye out for volunteers from Cascade Bicycle Club and the outreach team on the north end of the corridor. We’ll help guide people riding bikes to enter the first half of the protected bike lane. We will also be promoting safety education for all users.
The Westlake Cycle Track is scheduled to be complete in summer 2016, so get those bikes ready and sign up for email updates to stay up-to-date on construction progress!
SDOT received a request from the Central Ballard Residents Association to create a new Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) on residential streets around the Ballard business district. We’d like to hear from residents, employees, and visitors in Ballard about how adding RPZ restrictions might affect them.
Here is a link to the survey to provide your feedback.
What is an Restricted Parking Zone?
An RPZ is meant to ease parking congestion in residential neighborhoods, while balancing the needs of all people to use the public right of way. RPZs help neighborhoods deal with parking congestion with signed time limits and vehicles displaying a valid RPZ permit are exempt.
What is the RPZ being proposed? (See Map)
We are proposing an RPZ with the following restrictions:
• The gray area on the map highlights where residents would be eligible for permits.
• SDOT would install RPZ signs on the solid blue lined blocks, limiting vehicles without RPZ permits to 2-hour parking Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 8 PM. We are proposing RPZ signs on one side of the street only, to balance a variety of on-street parking demands.
• All blocks with RPZ signs would be subject to signed parking restrictions and residents within the gray area would be able to purchase permits (currently $65 for two years)
• We do not install RPZ signs next to ground floor retail or other non-residential uses. Many of the blocks in this area already have paid or time-limited parking; this RPZ proposal will not change those signs or regulations.
Why are these changes being proposed?
In the fall of 2014, SDOT received an RPZ review request from the Central Ballard Residents Association. In mid-2015 we made changes to Ballard commercial area on-street parking. In September 2015 we studied parking in the area shown and found street parking to be on average 93% full during the day, with over 35% of vehicles not belonging to residents. The goal of the proposed RPZ would be to limit all-day parking by non-residents, decrease parking congestion and circling within the neighborhood, and make it easier for residents to find parking near their homes.
Comments or questions?
To provide feedback on this proposal, complete a brief survey by May 31, 2016.
Send additional comments or questions to Ruth Harper at (206) 684-4103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) supports communities by providing funding for transportation projects identified by the community. The 2016 NSF applications are in! 140 applications came in from across the city for all types of projects from new sidewalks to festival streets. Compared to the last round in 2013, this is a 63% increase in applications! By neighborhood (some applications included more than one neighborhood) the numbers are:
|District Council||Applications Received|
|Magnolia / Queen Anne||8|
Boundaries of Seattle’s 13 Neighborhood District Councils
The NSF program is supported by the Levy to Move Seattle approved by voters in 2015. The 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. The levy provides $24 million over the next 9 years to select, design, and construct neighborhood projects identified by the community.
Curious what projects are being considered in your neighborhood?
In May each Neighborhood District Council will review the projects in its boundaries and choose five projects to move forward into the conceptual design phase. You can see a map of each district council here (http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-districts) and find your neighborhood’s District Coordinator here (http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/neighborhood-district-coordinators). If you’re are interested in learning more about the applications, consider attending your district council’s May meeting.
After each Neighborhood District Council chooses 5 projects they will forward these picks to SDOT for evaluation and refinement. This summer SDOT will develop a cost estimate and conceptual design, working with applicants as needed to refine the project or find alternative solutions. With this new information each district council will rank the 5 projects and send them to the Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee. The committee evaluates the projects and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council who select the projects that will receive NSF funding. From there, projects will be designed in 2017 and constructed in 2018.
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With our recent completion of the Beacon Hill Trail, the first Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project in that neighborhood in 2016, SDOT provided a safe off-street option for kids walking and biking to school.
Now, SDOT is offering free incentives to help you encourage more kids to walk and bike to school in your neighborhood.
These fun, free incentives include stickers, temporary tattoos, wrist bands, and hand stamps to give out during your campaign. Public and private schools and PTA’s within Seattle city limits are all welcome to request packages.
Schools and PTA groups can request a free incentive package by visiting our incentives page and filling out an order form. Or you can stop by Feet First, Monday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to pick up an order in person.
- Option A: An assortment of stickers, temporary tattoos, wrist bands, and hand stamps
- Option B: 1,000 stickers
- Option C: 1,000 temporary tattoos
- Option D: 2 hand stamps
- Option E: 1,000 wrist bands
Haven’t started a walk and bike to school campaign at your school yet? Not a problem. For more information on how to start one, refer to our Safe Routes to School Campaign guide.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project coordinator, Ashley Rhead at Ashley.Rhead@seattle.gov.
Added bonus: these free incentives for your Safe Routes to School campaigns come just in time for Bike Month coming up in May!