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Archives for December 2009

Let’s Talk Streetcar

Did you miss last night’s First Hill Streetcar community open house? If so, there are two more opportunities this week to learn more about the project, view maps of proposed alternatives, and have your questions answered. The next open house is TONIGHT from 6-8pm at the Yesler Community Center located… [ Keep reading ]

We Like to Bike

Today SDOT released the results of our 2009 comprehensive bicycle commute count and biking to work is on the upswing. Since 2007 we have seen a 15 percent increase in bike commuters. Our bike commute counts took place on September 16 from 6:30am to 9am.  On that morning, just over… [ Keep reading ]

Art Meets the Street

We posted a brief introduction last week to the SDOT Art Plan, jointly developed in 2005 with the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and written by Daniel Mihalyo.  Since 2005, portions of the plan have been implemented and we’re excited to post pictures over the next few weeks of… [ Keep reading ]

New Sidewalk Projects Complete

  As previously mentioned here on the SDOT Blog, pedestrians are finding it easier to get around Seattle thanks to the new sidewalks being constructed through Bridging the Gap (BTG) levy. In 2009 our Sidewalk Development Program built more than 25 blocks of new sidewalks.  These new walkways provide connections… [ Keep reading ]

Electric Cars are almost here!

A small number of electric vehicles (EV) are already on Seattle’s roads. Most existing EVs are Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, which are limited to 35 mph and local streets, specialty vehicles, like the Tesla Roadster, and retrofitted hybrids. But, starting in 2010, Nissan plans to sell the first all-electric highway-capable passenger… [ Keep reading ]

Less Pedal to the Metal Please

Everyone wants to live on a safe street. You know, a street where drivers cautiously travel past homes as opposed to flying by like jets.  SDOT is concerned about safety too.  Our Neighborhood Traffic Operations program uses several tools to help keep speeds low.  Residents that participate in our Traffic… [ Keep reading ]

All Aboard…the First Hill Streetcar

The first expansion of the Seattle Streetcar network begins with a series of community open house events targeted at possible route options for the fully funded First Hill Streetcar line. The new line will create an unprecedented connection between several diverse Seattle neighborhoods including the International District and Pioneer Square,… [ Keep reading ]

Art Meets the Street

Many Seattle residents are familiar with the Bicycle Master Plan, Freight Mobility Plan and the new Pedestrian Master Plan.  But did you know that we also have an SDOT Art Plan?  Developed in 2005 in conjunction with the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Art Plan methodically lays out… [ Keep reading ]

Ready for Winter Weather

With possible snow flurries forecast over the weekend, SDOT trucks are now fitted with plows and spreaders.  We’ll have crews on call throughout the weekend.  Our winter weather team applied a salt brine solution to roads and bridges to address icing concerns and be ready for any possible snow.  If rain undercuts… [ Keep reading ]

Lander Street’s Festive Attire

Join the residents of the North Beacon Hill community and the Seattle Department of Transportation on Saturday, December 5th at 10 AM as we celebrate the completion of the Festival Street on S Lander St between 16th Ave S and 17th Ave S. The Lander Festival Street will serve as… [ Keep reading ]