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Recap: Touch-A-Truck 2024 – Thank you to everyone who visited to learn about our equipment and work!

An SDOT bridge inspection and maintenance vehicle. Photo: SDOT

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On Saturday, May 11, our team of SDOT specialists participated in the Junior League of Seattle’s 11th Annual “Touch-A-Truck” event at the University of Washington. This yearly, community-based education and fundraising event gives kids and families the chance to explore a wide variety of vehicles, including those from public agencies and private companies in the region.

Attendees could view, touch, and step into vehicles outfitted for emergency response, utility work, heavy construction, landscaping, transportation infrastructure, goods delivery, and more. This year, hundreds of people joined us and other local agencies to enjoy hands-on learning, crafts, games, and food trucks!

Several large trucks and pieces of equipment outside on a sunny day, with kids and families enjoying the experience in the foreground and background.
Extended crane (behind), aerial bucket truck (left), and Under Bridge Inspection Truck (right). Photo: SDOT

This year we showcased the Under Bridge Inspection Truck, a vehicle used by our team for bridge inspection and maintenance. We oversee more than 130 bridges in Seattle, and our crews use these vehicles to proactively inspect, maintain, and regularly upkeep the many bridges in our city. We also featured a crane truck and an SDOT Response Team (SRT) truck.

We even had a special returning guest, the Mariner Moose, who stopped by to show love for our crew members and the important work they do to keep our city’s transportation system operating smoothly.

Seven people smile at the camera while standing under a blue canopy tent, with a table in front reading "Seattle Department of Transportation".
SDOT Team smiles at the Touch-A-Truck community event. Photo: SDOT

We want to thank our crews and teammates who work every day to serve the entire Seattle community, the traveling public, and everyone who came out for the event. We hope to see you next year!