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Seattleites continue to demand safer, calmer residential streets. Streets where families and neighbors walk, ride a bike and drive at low speeds on their way home, to stores, to schools and to parks. Seattle calls these streets neighborhood greenways and our goal is to create a network of 250 miles of them.
This Thursday, March 13 at the Lake City Library, SDOT is meeting with the community to talk about the most promising neighborhood greenway route for the Olympic Hills neighborhood. The recommendation is based on public outreach and technical analysis. Last summer, we hosted a public meeting, met with the City of Shoreline and Lake City Greenways, offered briefings to other neighborhood groups, made site visits and collected traffic data. The improvements shown on the map below reflect this work.
These safety enhancements complement the new green space being built at NE 133rd Street with the help of the community, Lake City Greenways, the Parks Foundation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and SDOT. It also supports the new sidewalk being installed along the south side of NE 130th Street as part of our Safe Routes to School program.
We recognize this part of town lacks sidewalks. One of our project goals is reducing speeds on this street to make it safer and more comfortable for people walking to share the street with moving traffic. While ultimately SDOT is committed to building sidewalks, it is a costly, long-term effort and beyond the scope and budget of the current greenway project. We are able to add about one speed hump a block. Traffic calming evaluations indicate that speed humps are a successful tool for slowing vehicle speeds. The City of Portland has a nice traffic calming evaluation web page that shows the value of adding them. We’ve also found favorable results on past Safe Route to Schools projects in Seattle. Reducing vehicle speed is one of the best tools for improving pedestrian safety until sidewalks can be built.
Greenway construction is planned for late 2014. Be Super Safe and we’ll see you on Thursday![More]
The planning process for the SW Roxbury Street Road Safety Corridor Project is underway. SDOT and our community partners have held four feedback sessions to share our data and hear from the public about their experiences and observations on the corridor.
SDOT launched this project after receiving a request for a safety review from several area community councils including the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, the Highland Park Action Committee, and the North Highline Unincorporated Council.
SDOT will continue working with the community to consider changes to these streets in an effort to bring down speeds and make the roadway safer for students, neighbors and all roadway users. We will be working closely with the business along the corridor and the unique neighborhoods that Roxbury serves. Together we will determine the specific nature and design elements to help foster a better environment along Roxbury. New safety measures to be considered through this project will likely include the following: signage improvements, arterial traffic calming, channelization changes, traffic signal modifications, pavement repair, and pedestrian and bicycle safety enhancements.
We will be moving forward with some improvements in the second quarter of 2014. Early work will include:
- Pavement repair on SW Roxbury Street between 25th Avenue SW and 27th Avenue SW
- Photo enforcement installation at Roxhill Elementary (at 30th Avenue SW) and Holy Family School (at 20th Avenue SW)
- Signage improvements near the transition from SW Roxbury Street to Olson Place SW
- New sidewalks and pedestrian facilities on 30th Avenue SW south of Roxbury (currently under construction)
Posted: March 7th, 2014 under SDOT.
Much has been happening behind the scenes on the Westlake Cycle Track Project lately; good news for the increasing number of folks interested a commute options between north end communities, South Lake Union and downtown Seattle. (It should also be popular with tourists, given the large number of great waterfront businesses on the Westlake waterfront.)
Last week Mayor Ed Murray announced the creation of a Design Advisory Committee, which will meet for the first time on March 24th. This 13 member group, with a variety of perspectives and expertise, will work toward making this project a success for all concerned by offering the project team their insights and suggestions.
In addition, a survey for residents and businesses on Westlake is now underway – through March 19th. This on-line questionnaire primarily focuses on parking needs of those who work, live and do business in this busy waterfront area.
The project website gives much more information about the project, including a Frequently Asked Questions and a list of upcoming of presentations. An Open House is planned for May, and a basic design alternative/route will be selected by the end of 2014. Final design will be done in time for construction to begin late in 2015.
Lots more information will be available shortly on the project design criteria, traffic flows and parking, both summarized and in detailed reports. If you aren’t already on the mailing list, but would like to be, please click here.
This month, 11 schools citywide will have new flashing beacons reminding drivers to adhere to the 20 mph speed limit in school zones. For the safety of students, driving the school zone speed limit – 20 miles per hour – is especially important.
The schools receiving new beacons include:
- Bryant Elementary School/Assumption – Saint Bridget School – NE 65th Street
- Denny Middle School & Chief Sealth High School – SW Thistle Street
- Gatewood Elementary School – California Avenue SW
- Hawthorne Elementary School – 38th Avenue S
- McDonald Elementary School – Latona Avenue NE
- Montlake Elementary School – 24th Avenue NE
- Rainier View Elementary School – Beacon Avenue S
- K-5 STEM at Boren – Delridge Way SW
- Whitman Middle School – 15th Avenue NW
Every school in Seattle is surrounded by signs clearly notifying drivers of the lower speed limit. Before entering the school zone, drivers pass a sign alerting them that they should expect to see students. The “School – Speed Limit 20” sign marks the beginning of the reduced speed zone.
SDOT has installed flashing beacons along with the school zone signage on arterial streets at more than 65 schools to provide further emphasis for the reduced speed limit. Before and after studies show an overall reduction in speeding as a result of flashing beacons, with the greatest reduction being by those drivers exceeding the speed limit by 10 or more miles per hour.
To see the schedule for all school zone flashing beacons, visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ped_srts_sign.htm
Join us tonight for the Waterfront 2020 at the Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. to hear Landscape Architect James Corner and City Staff give a presentation on the most current waterfront design. It will be a great chance to hear and see how designs have evolved, including updates on key east/west connections, the new Alaskan Way, Union Street Pier, Pier 62/63 and more. Interactive stations for the community to share ideas will follow the presentation.
Take it all in, ask questions, and tell us what you’re most excited about! This event is free and open to all.
Can’t make it tonight? Click here to find out more opportunities to engage in #WaterfrontWeek.[More]
In 2006, Seattle voters passed a transportation maintenance initiative – Bridging the Gap (BTG) – and one of the major pieces of the levy was paving. Since then, the Seattle Department of Transportation has been working hard to make paving upgrades and needed repairs to Seattle’s roads. More than 205 lane miles of roadway across the city have been repaved or reconstructed. This helps provide a smoother and safer trip for all of us.
Some major roadways that have seen repaving include Airport Way S, 15th Avenue NE, Dexter Avenue N, Columbian Way S, First Avenue S, Fourth Avenue S, Fifth Avenue S, 15th Avenue N, NE Ravenna Boulevard, 14th Avenue S, NE 125th and Sandpoint Way and Delridge Way.
One project that began in 2013 will carry over into 2014. The paving of N 105th Street and N/NE Northgate Way from Greenwood Avenue N to First Avenue NE is about halfway done and is expected to wrap up later this year. In addition to the 105th Street project, SDOT will also be repaving Holman Rd. from NW 87th to Greenwood Avenue N. These roadways were in need of major repair work and provide key links to neighborhoods in the Seattle’s north end.
Paving projects are, by nature, disruptive and can frustrate drivers, transit riders, pedestrians and cyclists. Unfortunately, it is a part of the project. We do our best to keep disruptions to a minimum; however, they cannot always be avoided. It’s important to remember that in the end, all roadway users will have a smoother and safer road on which to travel.
Along with the major Arterial Asphalt and Concrete projects discussed above, SDOT will also be doing a lot of smaller repaving work as part of the Arterial Major Maintenance Program. Smaller projects, throughout the City, will repave more than 16 lane-miles helping to preserve and extend the lives of those roads.[More]
To improve safety for all roadway users, The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is lowering the speed limit on Beacon Avenue S between S Columbian Way and S Barton Street from 35 miles per hour (mph) to 30 mph.
Four school walking zones blanket nearly the entire corridor: Van Asselt Elementary, Wing Luke Elementary, Maple Elementary, and Dearborn Park Elementary. This corridor experiences high transit use, with Route 36 running every 8-10 minutes and Route 106 running every 15 to 30 minutes. Three school speed zones are located along this corridor and the walking routes to several other schools cross Beacon Avenue S. SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program will fund the cost to remove and replace the existing speed limit signs.
Beacon Avenue S is one of three main north-south corridors in southeast Seattle, including Martin Luther King Jr Way S and Rainier Avenue S. It is five miles in length with two miles already signed for 30 mph. Lowering the speed limit from 35 to 30 mph on this section of the corridor will make the speed limit consistent for the entire corridor. Speed studies confirm that a majority of drivers are already traveling at or below 30 so the new speed limit is not expected to change travel times significantly.
Most of the adjacent neighborhood is single-family residences with small pockets of retail and commercial uses, including several facilities such as churches, parks and playgrounds, and the Veteran’s Medical Center.
Lowering the speed limit Beacon Avenue S will improve safety for not only pedestrians, but bicyclists and motorists as well. The work is scheduled to be completed by April 30, 2014.[More]
It’s time to kick back, relax, and let some transportation videos whisk you away!
Musician Wants to Make Taking the A Train Easier on the Ears
Babies on bikes: This Dutch music video rocks
West Seattle boys sing protest song they wrote at ‘exploding oil trains’ rally
Bicycle roundabout in the sky in the Netherlands, Hovenring
The Rise of Open Streets
*Ttv = Transportation Television!
Other shows coming soon: Ttv’s 16 and Commuting, My Super Sweet Sixteen Bus Rides, BikeZone, Car World: Ex-plosion, and many more!
Construction of the First Hill Streetcar (FHS) is moving ever closer to completion and will begin service later this year.Like virtually every other streetcar system in the world, ours will be electrically powered. However, it will be the first in the US (and only the second system in the world) to incorporate an advanced hybrid battery system that means considerably less overhead wiring and the associated benefit of significant cost savings!
Trolley buses operate with two overhead wires, one positive and one negative, while our streetcar will use its own tracks for its grounding. Heading from Pioneer Square to Broadway, the FHS will operate on its outbound route on electrical power provided by a single overhead wire which receives electricity provided by four traction power substations strategically located along the 2.5 mile route. On the return trip, the FHS hybrid batteries will provide the power generated through its regenerative braking along the inbound route, much of it downhill.
Even with the system only requiring the single overhead wire on the outgoing route, integrating it into the existing overhead trolley bus wiring system is a very complicated and time consuming endeavor. Both Broadway and Jackson serve a number of existing trolley bus routes, many of which make turns on and off of those arterials that require an intricate mesh of wiring (as evidenced in the photo at Pine Street). The power systems for the trolleys and streetcar are entirely separate from one another, yet both have wiring strung at about the same height.
Because streetcar wiring must be installed when the trolley wires are de-energized, the work can only be done on weekends when Metro has enough available diesel buses to substitute for the trolleys. The result has been that a number of intersections on both Broadway and Jackson have been closed on weekends this winter. The work on Broadway is nearly finished. The work on Jackson is about half complete, so will require additional weekend closures before the work is finished by April.
Stay tuned for more updates on the First Hill Streetcar.[More]
We all generally realize the importance of getting goods from ships, rail terminals and warehouses to their ultimate destinations – for example, a factory owner waiting for delivery of a machine part; a restaurant counting on their daily supply of fresh fish; a clothing store looking to display the latest seasonal fashions; a neighborhood hardware store needing to keep its shelves well-stocked. Our economy at every level is dependent upon reliable deliveries of all sorts of products, many of which eventually wind up in people’s homes and businesses.
To help ensure these critical deliveries take place without undue delay, Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the broader state and national economy rely upon an efficient transportation system. In 2014, SDOT will be looking at its streets, roads and bridges to see where improvements are needed to keep freight moving safely and smoothly. In doing this work SDOT will have to ensure that the freight network also works well with all the other travel modes we value – walking, biking and riding public transit.
In 2014, keep your eye on two freight planning projects: the Seattle Freight Access Project which is being done in partnership with the Port of Seattle and is focusing on the city’s two Manufacturing and Industrial Centers – SODO and Ballard/Northend; and the Freight Master Plan which will look at freight mobility and access on a city-wide basis. Work on the Freight Access project is underway, while work on the Freight Master Plan will begin early this spring. More information can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/freight.htm[More]