Posts categorized under Jacque Larrainzar, Author at SDOT Blog

Innovative Maintenance Facility

The streetcars that will run on the First Hill Line will be maintained in a facility that was just awarded a LEED Gold Certificate for its many sustainable features. Some of the most notable elements are: a green roof with a 7kW solar panel array a bio-retention area and pervious… [ Keep reading ]

Did you know that right-of-way street trees make city streets safer?

Trees and landscape in the roadside can have a positive effect on driver behavior and perception, resulting in better safety performance.[1] A study of Texas urban roads showed a 46% decrease in crash rates across the 10 urban arterial and highway sites after landscape improvements were installed. After the improvements,… [ Keep reading ]

Join the discussion to improve safety on Rainier Avenue South

Community meetings scheduled for Nov. 12 and Nov. 18 The Seattle Department of Transportation invites community members to attend one of two community meetings this month to help improve safety on Rainier Avenue South. At the meetings we will review existing conditions and traffic data, discuss potential engineering and enforcement strategies,… [ Keep reading ]

Grants, grants and more grants!

The Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation levy was passed by Seattle voters in 2006. BTG committed not only to construct city-funded transportation projects, but also to leverage other funds and support a variety of partnership opportunities. In the past eight years, the average annual amount of grants awarded to SDOT… [ Keep reading ]

Streetcar Connection for Center of the City

No transportation project may better exemplify the value of transportation connections in Seattle than the Seattle Streetcar – Center City Connector. This project would literally connect South Lake Union streetcar line, which opened in 2007, with the First Hill streetcar line which will begin operations in 2015. The Center City… [ Keep reading ]

Can you see it now? Signal Improvement work thanks to Bridging the Gap!

Have you noticed all the work that the Seattle Department of Transportation has been doing recently? Much of that work has been accomplished thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation initiative. The initiative, currently in its eighth year, has provided key funding for paving roads, constructing new sidewalks, re-striping… [ Keep reading ]

The Speed Hump Report

Earlier this year, we told you about SDOT’s plans to install speed humps near schools to encourage more drivers to travel at or below the speed limit. So far this year, SDOT has installed speed humps adjacent to six schools in Seattle: Olympic Hills Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Emerson… [ Keep reading ]

Roosevelt Way NE Slated for Repaving in 2015-Project Open House on Monday, November 17

Each year, SDOT repaves several major city streets meeting basic maintenance needs, while taking advantage of the work to make other improvements that enhance mobility and safety. Roosevelt Way NE from NE 65th Street to the south end of the University Bridge is slated for repaving in 2015, with construction… [ Keep reading ]

Seawall construction continues with marine mattress and zee panel installation

After installing the first seawall face panels along the waterfront south of Colman Dock, the Elliott Bay Seawall Project is continuing to build infrastructure and habitat enhancements in this area. Recently, marine mattresses, plastic mesh bags filled with stone, were installed along the new seawall panels. These provide a shallow… [ Keep reading ]

Neighborhood Street Fund Large Projects off and running!

Twelve Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) large projects were selected for funding in 2013, thanks to the voter-approved Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy. This was the third round of funding provided by BTG and approximately $4.5 million to community-based projects on a three-year cycle, was bolstered by an additional $1… [ Keep reading ]