Your Transportation Levy Dollars at work – 2014, part 2

Last week’s post, part 1,  focused more on the larger projects (bridges, paving, trees and the Neighborhood Street Fund Large Projects) supported by your transportation levy – BTG.  This week we will look at the work plans for pedestrians, bikes and traffic management operations.

Since the BTG initiative was passed by Seattle voters in 2006, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has pulled together ambitious work plans each year and 2014 is no exception.

More work to be completed in 2014:

  • April 2 2013 BTG Street Sign RESIZE2,000 new regulatory signs will be replaced and upgraded and 1,250 intersections will have their street name signs replaced.
  • Crews will make 45 crossing improvements, complete eight Safe Routes to School projects, construct 150 new curb ramps and install pedestrian countdown signals at 10 intersections.
  • More than 850 lane miles of arterial roadway will be restriped, 500 crosswalks will also be restriped and 60 miles of on-street bicycle facilities will be maintained.
  • SDOT will inspect 40 miles of trails and bikeways, install 25 miles of signed bicycle routes, install four miles of greenways and six miles of bike lanes and sharrows and install 500 bicycle parking spaces across the city.
  • April 2 2013 BTG Stop photos 023 RESIZECrews will also rehabilitate seven stairways and construct seven blocks of new sidewalk.
  • 50,000 transit service hours will be preserved, two transit corridors will be designed, and two will be constructed, while six priority bus corridors will see strategic spot improvements constructed.

Through the first six years of the levy, the city has delivered on the promises made by BTG.  We have constructed more than 100 blocks of new sidewalk; installed more than 44,500 new regulatory signs; replaced street names signs at nearly 10,000 intersections; improved walking routes to more than 40 schools; remarked 4,729 crosswalks; installed 156 miles of bike route signage; striped 150 miles of bike lanes and sharrows; upgraded 15,000 linear-feet of guardrail; and installed pedestrian countdown signals at 210 intersections.  Each of these projects help residents of Seattle navigate the city a little easier and a little more safely.

For more information about BTG’s goals and progress on meeting those targets, please visit the BTG web page.