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Roadside Chat | Meet Susanna Ryan, author of the Seattle Walk Report!

Often during our daily commutes, we tend to overlook some of the unique characteristics that define Seattle’s most lively neighborhoods. Susanna Ryan, local author and illustrator of the Seattle Walk Report and Secret Seattle, uncovers these special attributes and oddities during her daily walks around town. Ryan’s illustrated walking tour… [ Keep reading ]

Best of the Year | 2021 was a year of major achievements for Seattle’s transportation system – check out our top highlights, plus a brief look-ahead to 2022!

Summary: 2021 was a year of major achievements, as well as work to address numerous challenges head-on. This Blog post includes 15 highlights from the past year, as well as a brief preview of 2022. Please read on to learn more, or click on the links below to jump to… [ Keep reading ]

We filled 15,000 potholes in 2021, but winter storms are wreaking havoc on our roads. Thank you for your patience as we work to fix the new potholes.

SDOT crews work year-round to fill potholes. In 2021, we filled over 15,000 potholes. Winter storms cause substantial damage to our roads and cause previously filled potholes to reappear throughout Seattle. After it rains or snows, we typically receive a surge of requests to fill them, which we track and… [ Keep reading ]

We responded quickly to landslides in West Seattle to ensure public safety and restore a key travel route along Highland Park Way SW

Editor’s Note (January 13, 4:05 p.m.): Highland Park Way SW has been fully re-opened; currently all travel lanes are open. You can also visit our @SDOTtraffic Twitter account anytime for the latest traffic updates and information. The recent sub-freezing temperatures in Seattle have bid us farewell for now, but wet… [ Keep reading ]

West Seattle Bridge team lifted the first work platforms over the weekend to help advance final bridge repairs

This past weekend we hoisted the first two of four hanging work platforms to the underside of the West Seattle Bridge so our team can work on the exterior of the bridge during the final phase of repairs this year. The lifts began on Saturday, January 8 at 8 AM… [ Keep reading ]

Heads up, travelers: Heavy rains, melting snow, and high winds are causing traffic disruptions across Seattle

Due to melting snow and heavy rain, we’re responding to flooding, landslides, downed trees, and power outages throughout Seattle, including West Seattle and South Park on the West Seattle Bridge detour routes. Look for fallen trees, flooding, landslides, power and traffic signal outages to affect commutes now through the weekend as we respond and clean up. Be safe out there. Street… [ Keep reading ]

Winter storm recap: How we responded in challenging conditions

Here at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), we prepare year-round for all types of challenging weather conditions – from the record-breaking heatwave last summer reaching 108 degrees to the recent winter snowstorms and sub-freezing temperatures, which dropped into the teens – the coldest overnight lows we’ve seen in Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

LEVY DOLLARS AT WORK | The future of Seattle’s Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. Like many cities, we have a Safe Routes to School program at SDOT focused on reaching this goal in Seattle. Through our program, we teach students the joys and health benefits of… [ Keep reading ]

Snow storm update: Where we stand as we head into the New Year weekend, plus a few important safety reminders

Since snow first arrived to the Seattle area over the December 25-26 weekend, our crews have been working tirelessly to help clear roads across the city and provide reliable access routes for transit and emergency services as part of our winter weather response plan. When another round of snow fell… [ Keep reading ]

Updated 1/4/2022: Winter weather status – How we’re responding to snow and ice, and resources to stay informed

Latest Update: 1/4/2022, 12:55 PM Weather Update: We continue to see winter weather in Seattle. Temperatures are low and fluctuating above and below freezing, creating ice on streets and sidewalks across the city as snow melts and then potentially turns into black ice. The National Weather Service website has the… [ Keep reading ]