The news lately is full of crazy and/or cool transportation issues. Take a look!
The news lately is full of crazy and/or cool transportation issues. Take a look!
A major element of Seattle’s future waterfront will be the incorporation of art installations, both permanent and temporary, bringing new vibrancy to the waterfront’s economic and cultural exchanges. Five artists have already been selected for public art commissions and through July 8, 2014, submissions are being accepted for the creation of public art that encourages play on the waterfront.
Check Out Our Artist Videos A new series of videos created in collaboration with SDOT, the Office of Arts & Culture and Waterfront Seattle aims to celebrate these artists, their contributions to Seattle’s new waterfront and engage the public. The first video in this series highlights Ann Hamilton, who will work on a permanent installation(s) for the waterfront’s public piers.
Call for Artist Series: Ann Hamilton
Who are the artists working on the waterfront?
Interested in learning more about the artists working on Seattle’s future waterfront? Have you heard about the series of short waterfront residencies starting this summer? Visit the Permanent Artworks and Low Res art pages on WaterfrontSeattle.org for the latest news about art and the waterfront vision. The Waterfront Art Plan Waterfront Seattle’s Art Plan, completed in 2012, considers the history of the site as a working waterfront, the physical conditions of its location along the shores of Elliott Bay, and its role as part of Seattle’s evolving urban cultural landscape. Progress is being made toward incorporating artworks, both permanent and temporary, into Seattle’s waterfront. One Call for Artists went out earlier this month and focuses on play as a theme and activity that will result in art supporting interaction and play. Another Call for Artists is slated to go out in the coming months and will celebrate the living legacy of tribal cultures in the region.
Don’t forget — Monday June 30th, the South Park Bridge reopens to traffic! Come celebrate the grand opening on Sunday June 29th!
After three years of construction King County will open the new South Park Bridge to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The old bridge was closed to traffic because it was no longer safe to remain open. After an unprecedented effort that brought together community members, business partners, and government at the local, regional, state, and national levels, the new South Park Bridge is receiving its finishing touches. Designed to resemble its iconic predecessor, the new bridge was built to modern standards and should last a hundred years.
So now is the time for food, fun, and fireworks!
Sunday, June 29
Monday, June 30
Ah, remember when Bertha was working? Those were good times. But tunneling is hard work and sometimes things go wrong. Currently the plan is to have Bertha back on the dig by March 2015 and until then you can follow along via Twitter. They share some pretty cool pictures of the repair progress. Take for example, this one from about a week ago:
This sinister-looking piece of equipment is apparently part of Seattle Tunnel Partners’ plan to access and repair me. pic.twitter.com/0ImWUiijZx
— Bertha (@BerthaDigsSR99) June 4, 2014
If looking through Bertha’s archives doesn’t satisfy your need for cool photos of tunneling machines, you should check out this article over at Gizmodo!
Two TBMs responsible for drilling Sound Transit Link Light Rail make an appearance as does Bertha. And you don’t want to miss the older machines like this one from 1908:
So cool right? Looks like a steampunk dinosaur! Speaking of cool, you’ve seen this video about solar roadways right?
The internet is a buzz with the idea of solar roadways – they pay for themselves, they create jobs, they melt snow, they cut greenhouse gas emissions, they can display dynamic messaging and road striping, and they can do the cha cha! Ok, not that last one but thanks to a federal grant from the FHA, a working prototype exists and it’s blowing a lot of minds. So much so, that their indiegogo campaign has already raised more than 2 million dollars!
Read more about it at:
Of course, not everyone is on board, and the naysayers do raise some compelling points:
So what do you think? Is it the technology of tomorrow or just another fool’s errand?
Today is Bike to Work day! Need to drop your kids off at school? Take them with you by bike! Show your kids how to plan a comfortable route and drop them off at school on your way to work. Biking is fun and it’s not just for kids!
Throughout the city, SDOT is making safety improvements for walking and biking to school. Since 2007, SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program, funded in part by funding the Bridging the Gap levy, has improved safety at 39 schools in Seattle. SDOT is also building neighborhood greenways to schools all over town. These safer, calm residential streets are getting kids to school in West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Ballard, Wallingford, Greenwood, and Wedgwood.
In celebration of Bike to School month, SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program is sponsoring walk and bike to school events. These events encourage families to get outside, have fun, and use newly improved infrastructure around schools like sidewalks, curb bulbs, planting strips, street trees, public art, and street lighting.
On Saturday April 26th SDOT’s partners Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, and Seattle Greenways organized The Day of Play at Olympic Hills Elementary in Lake City, promoting healthy ways of getting to school. More than 115 kids were fitted with helmets and received prizes for successfully making it through a bike rodeo that taught safe bicycling skills. The Seattle Fire Department’s Senior Fire Cadet Program brought a shiny red fire truck for kids to see and taught kids about fire safety and how to dial 911 in an emergency.
Roxhill Elementary School’s Block Party was held on Mother’s Day, celebrating the important role mothers play in keeping kids safe, healthy, and active. Feet First and Cascade Bicycle Club were again teaching kids the skills for walking and biking in their neighborhood. 50 kids received new bike helmets and navigated through a bike rodeo. Two beautiful brand new bikes were raffled off. Roxhill Principal Sahnica Washington and PTA President Alejandra Diaz joined in the fun riding on the Walking School Bus.
The fun continues today at Roxhill with an All School Walk Day where school buses drop kids off a few blocks from the school and everyone walks to school together. Denny Middle School marching band will provide tunes for the walk, and State Representative Eileen Cody and School Board Member Marty McLaren will be there to support walking to school.
For more information about Safe Routes to School, visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/saferoutes.htm.
With the stinging failure of Prop 1, folks here at SDOT and around the City are taking stock and trying to figure out what to do next. Check out these links for more information!
Plan C..? What’s Plan C?
Seattleish is On Blast:
Seattle Transit Blog did yeoman’s work getting the Pro Proposition 1 message out there and they certainly aren’t letting the defeat stop them:
The Stranger isn’t going to not chime in:
Washington Policy Center put it this way:
Publicola covers Metro’s Kevin Desmond’s response:
Remember when the Seattle Times coyly asked:
(Sure, there must be! But you go to war with the army you have right Seattle Times?)
And just a few more links in case you’ve been under a rock lately:
So who voted yes and who voted no? Hint: Blue = yes.
As we say goodbye to the wettest March on record, we are greeted with warmer temperatures and a greener Seattle. All that rain in March and slightly warmer temps have encouraged Seattle’s trees to leaf-out and ensure that Seattle lives up to its nickname of “the Emerald City.”
With the arrival of spring, the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Urban Forestry Division is gearing up for its spring tree planting season and a summer filled with pruning and landscape maintenance. Thanks, to the Seattle Transportation Levy – Bridging the Gap (BTG) – passed by Seattle voters in 2006, SODT crews have planted more than 5,500 new trees, pruned more than 23,000 trees and completed more than 4,500 maintenance projects across the City.SDOT’s Urban Forestry is charged with overseeing the more than 40,000 trees in the public right-of-way (ROW) and maintaining 123 acres of landscapes that relate to the transportation system. This work is important to maintain, protect, and expand the City’s urban landscape in street right-of-ways so that economic, environmental, safety and aesthetic benefits are maximized for Seattle’s residents and businesses. If you have questions or would like more information about the SDOT Urban Forestry Tree Program, please visit Urban Forestry’s website. In addition, if you have concerns about specific trees in your neighborhood, please call the citywide tree line at (206) 684-TREE.
SDOT is also developing the Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Management Plan to better address commonly occurring conflicts between trees and sidewalks. It will establish a strategy and identify the tools necessary to achieve accessible sidewalks and expand the urban forest.
If you would like additional information on BTG please visit their website.
Did you know you can now pay for parking in Seattle with your phone? Almost 125,000 parking purchases have been made by phone since last summer’s launch. Now is a great time for you to try it out!
Last July, SDOT launched pay by phone parking to provide more customer convenience when paying for on-street parking. No more need to visit the pay station and display a printed sticker. You can choose to receive text message reminders and buy more parking from your phone (if time allows) to avoid getting a ticket. Motorcycle and scooter owners no longer need to figure out where to stick the pay station receipt when they pay by phone.
In February, the five areas with the most transactions by phone were Westlake Ave North along Lake Union, 12th Avenue near Seattle University, north downtown, South Lake Union, and Pike-Pine.
Download the app at your phone’s app store by searching for PayByPhone (all one word). Alternatives are to go to http://paybyphone.com/seattle or call 1-888-515-7275. You will want to create an account with your vehicle(s), cell phone number and credit card payment info.
To use the service, look for the green and white PayByPhone parking signs or stickers at every pay station with a unique 5-digit Location Number to enter when you make your purchase. PayByPhone services are up and running in all areas with paid parking.
More information is available at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/byphone.htm.
The Greenway to Travel – Safety Improvements Proposed for the U District
Last November, SDOT started exploring the idea of a neighborhood greenway in the U District. We hosted a meeting in November and quickly learned that there is a lot of great stuff happening there! The University of Washington is building Maple and Terry Halls. This means new open space and a pedestrian link to the Burke-Gilman Trail, as well as crosswalks on the east and west sides of 12th Avenue NE and ADA-accessible curb ramps on Campus Parkway. Sound Transit’s started constructing the University Station for the Northgate Link Light Rail project. And ‘Only in Seattle’ is funding a community-led partnership to work on public safety, business development, urban design, marketing and neighborhood leadership. So cool! But now back to SDOT.
A neighborhood greenway is a great way to link the people in the community to the new assets being built. Based on public feedback, agency coordination and our evaluation we are recommending a greenway on 12th Avenue NE. The map on the right shows the traffic improvements that would be implemented.
Not shown on the map, but also included are wayfinding signs, reducing the speed limit from 25MPH to 20MPH, speed humps about one every block and pavement and sidewalk repairs. There are two upcoming opportunities for giving us feedback.
Walk and Talk
Co-sponsored by the University Neighborhood Greenways Community Coalition
Saturday, March 15
10 a.m. Meet at Chaco Canyon and walk north to Ravenna Boulevard
11 a.m. Meet at Chaco Canyon and walk south to NE Campus Parkway
Project Open House
Thursday, March 20
6 to 7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30)
University Christian Church
4731 15th Avenue NE
If you are unable to make these events information is also available on the project web page. Thanks for reading our post and joining us in making safer streets for all.