2014 Sidewalk Construction complete courtesy of Bridging the Gap!

How many miles of sidewalk can be found in the City of Seattle? More than 2,200 miles! That’s a lot of sidewalk; however, we have a ways to go before the network is complete. Sidewalks play an important role in our communities, they connect us and provide safe alternatives to get from home to work or school or play. Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation initiative, passed by Seattle voters in 2006. Since 2007, more than 100 blocks of new sidewalk have been constructed across the city and in 2014 seven blocks have been constructed making the 9-year goal of 117 now within reach.

 

A key part of BTG has been the development of a Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP). The PMP is a long-term action plan to that establishes the policies, programs, design criteria and projects that will further enhance pedestrian safety and access in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods.  The plan serves as a guide for SDOT as decisions are made regarding new sidewalk construction.

 

Sandpoint Way NE

Sandpoint Way NE

Completed 2014 BTG sidewalk projects:

  • N 115th Street between Stone Avenue N and Meridian Avenue N
  • N 105th Street between Wallingford Avenue N and Meridian Avenue N
  • N 125th Street between Aurora Avenue N and Stone Avenue N
  • N 143rd Street between Linden Avenue N and Aurora Avenue N
  • Beacon Avenue S between S Holgate Bridge and 11th Avenue S

New sidewalks provide the key connection within and between our neighborhoods. They make it easier to get to school, to work and to use transit. For more information on the completed 2014 projects please visit SDOT’s Sidewalk Development Program webpage. The list of projects for 2015 will be posted soon, so remember to check back!

 

For information on BTG and the other projects funded please visit their webpage.