Capitol Hill “No Park” Management Pilot Program

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In order to keep traffic and pedestrians flowing around construction zones, it is sometimes necessary to temporarily restrict parking near construction sites. But “No Parking” easels, such as the one pictured on the right, can contribute to mobility problems as they often partially block the right of way. Because they are easily movable, enforcement can also be problematic. To address these issues, we are working with Capitol Hill contractors on a pilot program to replace these cumbersome easels with a system of temporary, slim-profile posts and interchangeable meter hoods.

How does the program work?

Upon approval of a contractor’s application for a temporary no-park zone, SDOT will install a type of temporary sign post known as a Gorilla Post™ in the permitted area(s). A Gorilla Post uses magnets to securely lock delineators and signposts to a precise position, and is removable only with system-specific tools. The base onto which the signpost is affixed is ADA compliant, so mobility for all is maintained even when the signs are in place.

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Once posts are in place, contractors will be required to install one of two types of hood, the hood type being dependent on which type of no-park zone is permitted. Contractors are responsible for purchasing all hoods and SDOT-approved padlocks for securing the hoods, and for ensuring that all hoods adhere to required signage standards. Most importantly, hoods must include days and times of parking restriction, as well as a contractor contact phone number.

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What are the benefits of the new system?

This program will allow us to better track and review impacts of No Parking signs, adding a coordinated planning element that improves efficiency and access for all. Since each no-park zone will be reserved for a single contractor and the new signs are not easily moved or altered, the program will also facilitate more reliable enforcement.

The pilot will run now through December 31, 2015, at which point we will assess how effective the new program has been and will consider extending the program to other Seattle neighborhoods.

For contractors interested in finding out more about hood/lock design specifications and vendors, you can view our vendor information sheet here. If you have any questions about the new program, please feel free to contact the Capitol Hill Construction Hub Coordinator, Wayne Gallup at 206.681.6099 or Wayne.Gallup@Seattle.gov.