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Fall arrives with shorter days, colorful leaves and more construction

Fall is coming RESIZED

While the summer construction season maybe starting to wrap up, Seattle residents will still see lots of work going on in their neighborhoods, thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative passed by Seattle voters in 2006.  Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews continue to be very busy making Seattle a little smoother and easier to navigate!

Work on striping projects such as remarking crosswalks, restriping arterials and restriping (and new striping) of bicycle facilities is starting to wrap up as the weather changes with the new season. This is work SDOT focuses on during the long, dry days of summer.  So far this year, more than 420 crosswalks have been remarked, 674 lane miles of arterial lanes have been restriped, 54 miles of bicycle facilities have been maintained and more than three miles of new facilities have been installed. 

As fall arrives, you can expect to see continued work on three major paving projects currently under construction.  They include Delridge Way SW; N 105th and N/NE Northgate Way; and, along NE 125th and Sandpoint Way NE.  More than 12 lane miles will be repaved as part of these three projects.  For more information on each of these projects please visit the BTG paving web site.

In addition to paving projects, work actively continues on several sidewalk projects across the city.  SDOT expects to construct seven blocks of new sidewalk in 2013.  For more information about the projects and to see a list of locations please visit see their web page

SDOT is working hard to make Seattle a better place for all of us.  Yes, it can be a small inconvenience, but the improvements will be worth it in the long run.  It’s important to remember to slow down and give workers a little extra space.  Fall brings shorter days, waning light and rain – all of which can make it more difficult to see.  Add to those changes on your daily commute, is an increase in the number excited kids walking school.  So, give yourself a few extra minutes to get to where you are going and enjoy the many new facilities that sprung up over the summer!

For more information on BTG and its accomplishments please visit the web site.