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What to do with all that stuff?

If you’re moving in or out, you may have discovered the convenience of a portable storage unit. However, what the portable storage unit companies don’t always tell you is that you need a Street Use permit if you are going to put the unit in the public right-of-way. Public right-of-way… [ Keep reading ]

Ingraham High School Tackles Distracted Driving

Last Monday Ingraham High School students launched a contest challenging local high school students to design a billboard or create a video demonstrating the dangers of texting while walking or driving. The goal is to reduce the number of collisions involving young people who are distracted while texting. The contest,… [ Keep reading ]

Stairway to History

Any one that travels around Seattle realizes we are defined by our “hills.”  Whether the hills that no longer exist, such as Denny Regrade, or the ones that do: Queen Anne, First Hill, Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, West Seattle and others.  SDOT Roadway Structures Manager John Buswell notes that when the… [ Keep reading ]

It’s Official – McGraw Square Is Open!

…to make a bus connection, eat your lunch, or just people watch! This morning, with the sun shining brightly, the happy music of the Spruce Street School Marimba Band playing, and over 100 people excitedly milling about, SDOT celebrated the completion of the McGraw Square Improvements Project. The square is… [ Keep reading ]

A Remodel for Amtrak at King Street Station

As part of the King Street Station rehabilitation SDOT is setting Amtrak up to move ticketing, baggage and offices into a brand new space. Bids were recently advertised for tenant improvement work on the north part of the first floor. When completed late this summer Amtrak will be able to… [ Keep reading ]

You are here…

Want to create a sense of place in your neighborhood and promote more interaction between your neighbors?  Then painting an intersection where your streets meet might just be the answer! Not only does it help the neighborhood build a sense of community, but it could have an indirect effect on… [ Keep reading ]

Rules of the Road, Part III

(The final installment of a three part series to review the rules of the road for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists) Over the past three weeks we’ve reviewed some key rules of the road for drivers and pedestrians.  Today marks the final installment in the series as we look into the… [ Keep reading ]

Tackling 15th Ave NE With Gusto!

To complete construction efficiently crews rebuilding 15th Avenue NE in the University District are going all out, night and day!  The work schedule is quite the balancing act with very little wiggle room on such a highly utilized roadway.  Despite that, in just the first four weeks crews have installed about… [ Keep reading ]

Get Ready for Spring Cleaning

Starts April 1 Spring is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for Spring Clean – Seattle’s premier community cleanup event, 23 years old and going strong!  It is time to start thinking, talking to your neighbors, and signing up to participate! While the people in this photo are part… [ Keep reading ]

A Beacon of Safety for Kids

SDOT recently installed five new flashing school zone beacons. The beacons put 20 mph school zone speeds up in lights to slow drivers down. “Adding flashing beacons has been shown to lower speeds through school zones,” said SDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator Brian Dougherty. This typically means fewer accidents… [ Keep reading ]