Bridging the Gap – working to beat the calendar and shorter days.

Newly installed curb ramps make it easier for pedestrians to get around the city.

Newly installed curb ramps make it easier for pedestrians to get around the city.

Fall has arrived in the Northwest, although it has been somewhat atypical with lots of sunshine, fog and the lack of rain.  One thing is clear,  the days are getting shorter and darker as Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews work to wrap up their work for the year. 

Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation initiative, crews have been busy with lots of construction that will continue deep into the fall.  SDOT crews are working to finish up more than 12 lane miles of paving; construct 7 blocks of new sidewalk;  install 130 new curb ramps;  repair 25 blocks of sidewalk;  install 7 miles of greenways;  replace 1,575 new street name signs;  plant 600 trees;  install 25 pedestrian countdown signals; implement 42 crossing improvements;  and complete 190 bridge maintenance requests.  As SDOT strives to complete their work plans for 2013, the department is already starting to look ahead and plan for 2014.The end of summer saw SDOT complete its work on nine Safe Routes to School projects, the remarking of 533 new crosswalks, the installation of 2400 new regulatory signs, five new stairways rehabilitated and the selection of 12 neighborhood projects for construction.

Ne street name signs help everyone navigate the city, even on dark, rainy days.

Ne street name signs help everyone navigate the city, even on dark, rainy days.

While it has been a very busy year for BTG and SDOT crews, daylight savings ends this weekend.  As the days get shorter and darker,  please remember there is still a lot of work to be wrapped up before the end of 2013 so please slow down and watch for SDOT doing this work to make Seattle a little easier to get around.

For more information on the BTG program please visit the web page.