Posts categorized under Ethan Bergerson, Author at SDOT Blog

Competitive application process focused on safety, equity, and proper parking leads to changes in Seattle’s scooter line-up

Seattle’s scooter share program gives residents and visitors another option to get around the city without a car. Last month, we concluded the program’s pilot phase. We shared the next steps in a blog post, which included conducting a competitive application process to choose the next set of scooter share… [ Keep reading ]

Recent winter storms have wreaked havoc on our roads. We’ve already filled 7,500+ potholes this year, compared to 15,000 last year. Thank you for your patience as we continue this pothole repair work!

Editor’s Note (February 18, 2022): We have now filled over 7,500 potholes in 2022. We tripled the usual pothole response effort and filled about six months worth of potholes in just six weeks. But new potholes are continuing to appear every day, so if you see a pothole, please let… [ Keep reading ]

Update: The University Bridge has been repaired and is open to all travelers.

Update (11/14/2021 11:37 a.m.) The University Bridge has been repaired and is now open to the traveling public. The bridge became stuck for nearly 48 hours due to an electrical system failure that occurred on the morning of Friday, November 12. Our roadway structures crews and engineers have been working… [ Keep reading ]

We’re adding a temporary bus lane to NE Campus Parkway in the U District this weekend to help people get around the WSDOT Montlake Bridge closure

It’s been a tough week for many northeast Seattle travelers since the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) closed the Montlake Bridge for much needed repairs. In that time, we’ve been working closely with our partner transportation agencies to monitor the effects of the closure on city streets and look… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle invites Spin to become the city’s fourth scooter share company, and also tests new strategies to ensure scooters are parked correctly

Update [7/15/2021]: Spin has now been issued a permit and will start on July 15. Last fall, we launched a scooter share pilot program aiming to give Seattle residents and visitors another healthy and climate friendly transportation option. Building on the program’s success, we have invited Spin to become the city’s fourth scooter share provider. Spin is completing the permitting… [ Keep reading ]

Crews are continuing work to repair damage to Seattle roads caused by extreme heat. Thank you to the workers braving the heat to keep the city moving.

Update [August 10, 2021]: Visit this blog post for an update on the repairs that we made following June’s extreme heat. All of the locations listed in this blog have been reopened. After a week of historic high temperatures reaching 108 degrees on Monday, June 28, the extreme heat has… [ Keep reading ]

SDOT and community partner Lake City Collective awarded $50,000 grant for the Little Brook Stay Healthy Street and mural project created by community members

We were just awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, to continue our partnership with Lake City Collective on the community led Little Brook Park Stay Healthy Street.  The grant money will also pay for a local artist to design a street mural at 32nd Ave NE and… [ Keep reading ]

We’ve completed pedestrian-first crosswalk safety goal six months early and are advancing a new policy to create more automatic walk signals and give people more time to cross the street

Of all the things we do to keep Seattle moving, public safety is by far our absolute highest priority. We are continuing to take steps to make it safer to cross the street and to make traffic signals work better for pedestrians: We’ve completed our Vision Zero goal to create 250 pedestrian-first intersections six months early. New data shows these safety upgrades are working… [ Keep reading ]

Our Precautionary Plan to Repair and Preserve the West Seattle Low Bridge to Ensure it Continues to Play Essential Role

While we have written a lot about the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge which is undergoing stabilization measures as we continue to analyze repair or replacement options, we have also been continuing to focus on creating a precautionary plan to repair and preserve the West Seattle Low Bridge, also known as… [ Keep reading ]

SDOT is looking into every possible option to pay for repairing or replacing the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge

We are continuing to pursue all options to reopen the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge as quickly as possible. Last week, our construction crews began work on the initial bridge stabilization which is a necessary first step toward either repairing or replacing the bridge. Meanwhile, we are still working to better understand whether repairing the… [ Keep reading ]