Crossings, crosswalks, countdowns and trailers – oh my!

Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative passed by Seattle voters in 2006, funding is available to make needed crossing improvements, remark crosswalks, deploy the speed watch trailer and install pedestrian countdown signals across the city.

So far in 2013, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has made improvements to 29 pedestrian crossing locations, remarked more than 400 crosswalk, 17 intersections have received pedestrian countdown signals and the speed watch trailer has been deployed more than 50 times to locations across the city.

All of this work helps make Seattle easier and safer to navigate.  These improvements bring awareness to all roadway users to be on the lookout for each other by creating more visibility to crossings; making drivers more aware they are entering a school zone; and providing immediate feedback to drivers about their speed through the use of the speed watch trailers.

SDOT has worked hard to make these improvements since BTG began in 2007.  Through the first six years the program more than 4,100 crosswalks have been remarked, 93 crossings have been improved, 184 intersections have received the new pedestrian countdown signals and the speed watch trailer has been deployed more than 370 times.

For more information about BTG, its goals and accomplishments, please visit the web site.

Crosswalks restriped