Safety is a priority!

A newly upgraded guardrail funded by BTG.

A newly upgraded guardrail funded by BTG.

Keeping all roadway users safe is one of the key responsibilities of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). SDOT crews work hard every day making important safety improvements to our roads, bridges and sidewalks thanks to funding from the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative.

Guardrails and crash cushions are critical in providing safe roadway conditions. They are there in plain sight, but tend to be overlooked by motorists until they are needed. And then, we are all thankful for the work SDOT crews have done to maintain these structures!

Over the first seven years of BTG, more than 15,270 linear-feet of guardrail has been replaced while crash cushions have been replaced at 22 key locations. By the end of 2014, an additional 800 linear feet of guardrail will have been upgraded across the city and 10 crash cushions will be upgraded or receive preventative maintenance.

BTG, which expires in 2015, is a nine-year maintenance program that is focused on making needed improvements and investments in Seattle’s transportation infrastructure.

If you would like more information on BTG, please visit the progam webpage.