The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is responsible for managing more than 500 stairways that can be found across the city. With the help of the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy SDOT has been working to keep our stairways clear and useable!
Stairways can be found all across the city providing connections to neighborhoods, transit, schools, and businesses. Over the first six years of the program, BTG has funded more 25 stairway rehabilitation projects. In 2013, three projects were planned and SDOT has exceeded that goal. Four stairways are complete and two additional stairways will be completed by the end of the year.
Stairway rehabilitation projects were competed at NE 130th between 42nd and Riviera Pl; At SW Genesee Street between 21st Avenue SW and 22nd Avenue SW and the third and four completed projects are located along E Thomas Street connecting 25th Ave E to E Madison St and E Madison St to 26th Ave E.
Having good pedestrian connections across the city is vital and each of these stairways helps provide those connections. Seattle is a city of hills and stairways do what roads and sidewalks sometimes can’t do, link our neighborhoods making it easier to get from one place to another. For more information on BTG and its programs please visit the web page.