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Don’t forget to keep sidewalks safe near construction sites

With so many public and private infrastructure projects underway in the city, it often feels that every season is construction season in Seattle.

Construction has an effect on how we get around, and especially impacts those with disabilities.

Since many of these projects directly affect our streets and sidewalks, we’re continuing to work with private construction companies to make sure that they maintain safe access for people through the area.

Last year, we teamed up with Rooted in Rights to create a video about the importance of maintaining a safe space for people to travel through construction sites. We wanted to share this video again because it’s such an important message.

Watch as Anita and Cross, who both use wheelchairs, travel through a construction site in Seattle and demonstrate the do’s and don’ts of proper site access!

Here are some of their tips:

  • Think about everyone who needs to move through the area.
  • Include ramps.
  • Keep paths well-lit and clear of large signs and debris.
  • Make sure pathways are wide enough for people using wheelchairs.
  • Use sturdy and highly visible barriers that won’t fall over in wind or rain.

As Anita says, “these tips aren’t only useful for wheelchair users, they make sites safer for everyone.”

Want more information? Visit our website to learn about the permit requirements for construction work in the public right of way.

More information on how to set up safe access through construction sites can also be found in our Client Assistance Memo (CAM) 2110: How to Plan, Document, and Implement Pedestrian Mobility in and around Work Zones.