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.
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.
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.