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It’s time to make the 68-year-old Northlake retaining wall safer & what it means for parking.

What our engineers identified. The Northlake Way retaining wall is located just west of Stone Way, along the north side of Lake Union. It was originally constructed in 1951 and built with creosote timber piles and concrete anchors. During our routine structural analysis and safety assessment of the retaining wall, our engineers… [ Keep reading ]

SDOT paving and safety improvements on 35th Ave NE for all who travel on this vital corridor

While Seattle is considered one of the safest cities in the country, we can always do better, especially as SDOT moves forward on much-needed pavement projects. 35th Ave NE is an arterial serving Northeast Seattle and approximately 12,500 drivers on an average day, connecting the Ravenna-Bryant and Wedgwood neighborhoods. It’s also a transit route with service connecting… [ Keep reading ]

Distracted Driving = Tickets

Driving while texting is as dangerous as drunk driving.   Yeah. Read that one more time: driving while texting is as dangerous as drunk driving. So, it’s no wonder that in these days of cell phone-philia (ahem, Merriam-Webster, 2018 word of the year?), fatalities from distracted driving are rising sharply…. [ Keep reading ]

Weigh in on Metro Bus Hubs thru 1/31!

We’re working with King County Metro to create new off-street layover facilities, called bus hubs, for buses to use while getting ready for their next trips. Why do we need Bus Hubs? After finishing their trips, Metro buses often wait for a few minutes before starting their next trips. These planned… [ Keep reading ]

A closer look at Seattle’s rising transit ridership

You may have heard, we’re the fastest growing big city in the US – complete with associated growing pains – but good news! We’re also the only major US city to increase transit ridership (from 2016). What’s our secret? Since there’s no room to build more roads, we’ve done something else: prioritized our… [ Keep reading ]

Who’s Ready for Winter Walks?

Cold weather is here! Many of us rely on our most basic form of transportation: WALKING. It’s a classic mode! We want to make sure you have a fun and safe winter season. No matter what time of the year it is, our downloadable walking maps are always available to… [ Keep reading ]

2017 Seattle Traffic Report

Between 2015 and 2016 Seattle’s population increased by 2.9% – from 684,451 to 704,352 people. That means we added nearly 20,000 new neighbors, making Seattle the fastest growing city in the U.S. The annual 2017 Seattle Traffic Report is a review of our core data sets including traffic volumes, speeds, and reported… [ Keep reading ]

The new Seattle Accessible Route Planner

It’s been a year since we launched the Seattle Accessible Route Planner, an online tool that helps travelers, particularly those of us living with disabilities, to navigate the city’s sidewalks, curb ramps, and street crossings. We’ve updated a few thing: added functions, improved its look and feel, and hopefully, made it… [ Keep reading ]

✔️MOVE SEATTLE: 2017 Milestones

We’ve done a lot and reached some big milestones so far this year, thanks to the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle! Highlights: ✔️ Repainted more than 1,500 crosswalks and meeting our annual goal to fulfill our commitment to repainting crosswalks every four years. ✔️ Repainted more than 560 miles of… [ Keep reading ]

Lean on Me! ?

Have you ever seen a bike rider who can balance at a red light without putting a foot down? Well, you don’t have to worry that you’re not that cool – just use a bike lean rail! Seattle is one of the first cities in the US (along with… [ Keep reading ]