Summer is scheduled to arrive in 11 days and construction projects (both big and small) are popping up all over the city. If you have not already felt the impacts, it’s safe to say just wait and you will. Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation Initiative, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews are keeping very busy these days as they work their way around the city paving roads, repairing sidewalks, installing new sidewalk, restriping crosswalks, implementing crossing improvements and installing pedestrian countdown signals. All of these projects help make Seattle more accessible to all its residents.
One key program helping to make Seattle more accessible is the installation of ADA – (Americans with Disabilities Act) – compliant curb ramps across the city. SDOT has been working hard to update sidewalks currently without curb ramps and making sure that curb ramps are included in every new sidewalk project. Through 2013, with funding from BTG, more than 859 new curb ramps were installed across the city and 150 more will be installed this year. The ultimate goal is for all corners have curb ramps and SDOT will keep working until it reaches that critical target.
All construction projects can cause a bit of stress for all roadway users. They can mean delays and detours. Know that SDOT is working hard to minimize these inconveniences to keep Seattle moving. We encourage you to slow down and give yourself a few extra minutes to get to your destination. All this construction is a sign of a healthy and growing city.
For more information on BTG and the programs it funds please visit the web site.