How many miles of sidewalk can be found in the City of Seattle? More than 2,200 miles! That’s a lot of sidewalk; however, we have a ways to go before the network is complete. Sidewalks play an important role in our communities, they connect us and provide safe alternatives to get from home to work or school or play.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is committed to building sidewalks that make it easier to walk to the places we want to go. Thanks to Bridging the Gap (BTG), SDOT is working to make these important connections and this year the department will construct seven blocks of new sidewalks. Project locations include:
- North Beacon Safety Connections, including Beacon Avenue S and 14th Avenue S
- 23rd Avenue S / S Walker Street, including S College Street and Rainier Avenue S
- Delridge Way SW / SW Andover Street, including 23rd Avenue SW
- Lake City Way/24th Avenue NE
- Union Bay Place NE / NE Blakely Street, including 30th Avenue NE and 25th Avenue NE
Nearly two blocks have been completed so far this year, the remaining five blocks will be constructed over the summer and into early fall.
Over the first seven years of BTG more than 100 blocks of new sidewalk have been installed connecting neighborhoods to schools, businesses and transit. The nine-year goal of 117 new blocks of sidewalk is well within reach. As part of BTG, a Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) was developed. The PMP is a long-term action plan that establishes the policies, programs, design criteria and projects that will further enhance pedestrian safety and access in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods. The plan serves as a guide for SDOT as decisions are made regarding new sidewalk construction.
For general information on BTG please visit our webpage.