Is that a new signal?

New much-needed signals where the Interurban Trail crosses the busy arterial of N 145th.

New much-needed signals where the Interurban Trail crosses the busy arterial of N 145th.

 

Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation initiative passed by Seattle voters in 2006, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been paving roads, constructing new sidewalks, re-striping arterials, rehabilitating bridges, replacing worn out street name signs, striping bikes and sharrows, repairing sidewalks, pruning and planting trees and making improvements along key transit corridors across the city.  All this work is made possible by BTG!  

While BTG provides key funding for the highly visible projects listed above, it also provides funding for basic maintenance work that is not so visible.  Some of the projects include completing preventative maintenance on all 1,070 signals in the city each year and maintaining the ‘brains’ behind the signals.  Keeping signals in good working order is important to keeping traffic moving.  SDOT has kept its promise to maintain all signals annually and to upgrade and maintain the systems behind those signals.  

New traffic signal requests, left turn improvement requests and overall safety concerns are all investigated as part of BTG.  If that investigation determines that a new signal or improvement is necessary, funding is available through the BTG program.  Over the first six years of the levy more than 380 new signal requests have been reviewed resulting in 25 new signals installed; 187 left turn requests have been investigated, resulting in 33 improvements; and, more than 300 overall safety concerns have been evaluated resulting in more than 140 improvements.  These improvements are not cheap and every request ,whether implemented or not , must go through a lengthy process of on-site monitoring, data analysis, evaluation, review, more number crunching before final approvals.. The actual installation phase entails another equally lengthy process and none of this could happen without the funding from the BTG. 

While a lot of the work that is completed by BTG is highly visible; it is the less visible work that helps keep traffic (all modes!) moving and safe.  If you would like more information on BTG please visit the website.