A new and improved version of the popular Seattle bike map is hot off the press. The 2010 maps are more intuitive; provide additional information such as bike shops, schools, libraries, farmers markets, streetcar stations, and light rail stations; and include new bike facilities built last year. In 2009 SDOT distributed over 30,000 maps – a new record, and 30% more than in 2007. To order a hard copy, view online, or print from your computer, click here.
You’ve probably had a question for SDOT before and didn’t know what number to call. To help direct you to the right divisions and staff we have a list of our frequently called numbers on our site. Maybe you have had a question about trees, street maintenance, or parking issues. While you can call our main line 206-684-ROAD (7623), you might want to try calling the lines dedicated to those specific issues. Also, if you have a street maintenance issue, you can report it online here. Click here for our frequently called numbers.
To address the economic downturn, city employees will be taking unpaid furlough days to help with the city’s budget. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will participate by splitting the furloughing of its staff between two days in each furlough period.
Please expect to see reduced staffing at SDOT on the following days:
|January 15 and 19||July 2 and 6|
|February 12 and 16||August 6 and 9|
|March 12 and 15||September 3 and 7|
|April 9 and 12||October 8 and 11|
|May 28 and June 1||December 23 and 27|
Please be patient with our staff as there will be fewer employees to assist you on these days. While we may need to adjust our business practices due to the reduced staffing, SDOT remains committed to providing first rate service to our customers.
If you have any questions about the city’s furlough policy or SDOT’s service adjustments, please contact the department by calling 684-ROAD.
Thank you for your understanding.
Do you have questions about who’s responsible for an alley? Perhaps you would like to know how to address a safety concern by repairing damages to the road. We want to help provide information on SDOT’s and the community’s roles. SDOT is responsible for maintaining the city’s public right of way, which includes those alleys that meet City of Seattle standards. That being said, alley maintenance funds are scarce, so repairs may only be made to address safety and mobility problems. Large repairs and improvements to alleys are the responsibilities of the property owners right next to the alley.
Those interested in making improvements to their alley will want to look at our website for more information. There are important considerations like drainage that may require consulting with the City before doing any work. Click here for more information on alley improvements.
If you want to report potholes on an alley that is public right of way you can let us know online here or by calling 206-684-ROAD (7623).
SDOT invites you to attend an open house to discuss the 15th Avenue South Multi-Modal Project. This project aims to improve 15th Avenue South between South College Street and South Columbian Way for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit.
Containing elements of the Pedestrian Master Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan, this project will add new bicycle facilities from S College St to S Columbian Way and install four new curb bulbs and two new crosswalks at S Lander St. A right turn pocket will be installed at 15th Ave S and S Spokane St and 15th Ave S will be repaved from Beacon Ave S to S McClellan St. The new travel lanes will be wider to accomodate Metro transit.
Come see how the designs are progressing and give us your feedback.
Thursday, March 11th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Library (2821 Beacon Ave S)
We’re pleased to announce that SDOT will upgrade the existing pedestrian signal to a full traffic signal at 28th Ave NW and NW Market St. this month. The project will take approximately four weeks from the time the work begins to the time the signal is fully operational. During the installation work, one signal poles will be installed on the southwest corners of the intersection. Note that while the installation is taking place, parking in the immediate area will be restricted.
We get a lot of questions here at SDOT about why we decide to make signal changes in various locations. This location meets the criteria for a new traffic signal because of the high volume of traffic, collision history, the distance to the next signalized intersection as well as nearby bus stops.
The signal is being funded through the SDOT General Fund and Bridge the Gap Fund. For more information about our signal program, click here.
If you live in the Capitol Hill area you’ve probably been following the Capitol Hill Parking Project over the past year. The final parking plan that has been developed has been informed by inclusive community outreach throughout the project. One of the plan’s recommendations is to add additional blocks to the restricted parking zones in the neighborhood (Zones 4 and 21). We will be hosting a public hearing to share more information about this and to hear your comments. Please join us next Tuesday, March 9 from 6:30pm to 8pm at Seattle Central Community College (1710 Broadway, Room 1110).
If you can’t make it out that night, feel free to submit your comments through March 15 by:
Sending a fax to 206-684-5053
Attn: Ruth Harper
700 5th Avenue, Suite 3768
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996
Click here for more information on the project. We look forward to hearing from you.
In 2010, SDOT is repaving major sections of S Dearborn Street, Virginia Street, Olive Way, and Airport Way. As early as next month, the rehabilitation of Dearborn could start and is expected to wrap up in June. The Bridging the Gap paving program kicked off in 2007 and has been quickly making for a long-term smoother ride downtown – albeit a tougher one during construction. Crews will make pavement improvements on S Dearborn Street from Fifth Avenue S to 10th Avenue S, including base repair, pavement overlay, curb replacement, reconstruction of pedestrian and traffic islands and widening of the bike lanes to five feet, where possible. Crews will also be installing bicycle friendly drainage grates, and installing bicycle traffic detectors at traffic signals.
For updated information as the project moves forward please visit us on the web.
Are you looking for better ideas on how to get around the city? Well our Way to Go! program is here to help. Way to Go! is SDOT’s program to increase walking, biking and transit use. The program website provides lots of helpful information, tools and inspiration. Way to Go! now offers a monthly newsletter with relevant, useful tips and info to help you get around without a car. It’s a great way to get, or stay, inspired as you make “greener”, and perhaps cheaper, travelling options. Click here to view the February newsletter. You can also click here to view the January newsletter or to subscribe to the newsletter, send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject line.
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