An original and powerful approach to driver safety education created by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (UK).
Construction is coming soon on a project you won’t see a lot of…not because it’s in Australia (it’s not), but because it’s down under city streets. The work is to stabilize an areaway. Areaways are the usable areas, generally in the street right-of-way, below the sidewalk and between building foundations and the street wall; that street wall holds back the earth below the road surface and provides support for the sidewalk. Most of the 115 areaways in downtown were created when City engineers raised Pioneer Square’s streets a full story following the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Since many buildings were already under construction then, architects provided for two “ground floors” – the lower one at the level beneath the new sidewalks. Later that lowest, underground floor was sealed over. In 2000, SDOT undertook a thorough study of the condition of the Pioneer Square areaways and, as a result, did some emergency repairs. Work has continued, refurbishing and preserving several areaways, and now is about to start at S. Washington Street and First Avenue.
The cobblestone retaining wall is in poor condition and has bulged out laterally. There is also a depression on the curb lane along the south side of Washington St. that may be a result of the lateral push. A temporary repair has been made to seal the cracks. But for the wall to continue to provide its function, a permanent restoration has to be made.
Pedestrian improvements are being made on E Olive Way in anticipation of the future construction of the Capitol Hill light rail project. In addition to a new marked crosswalk at E Olive Way and Boylston Ave E there will eventually be a median island in the center of the street. These efforts will help to provide a safer crossing for pedestrians. This crosswalk is a part of other efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the area and improve the reliability of buses that stop along E Olive Way. You can learn more about these efforts by clicking on the photo above to connect to a flyer with more information.
In 2007, the city established a Translation and Interpretation Policy as part of its Immigrant and Refugee Initiative with the goal to promote fair and equitable access to city services for individuals with limited English proficiency. Since that time, the initiative has been adopted by all the departments of the city of Seattle. To fulfill this goal, SDOT works with staff to ensure that translations are available for all vital documents which provide essential information for accessing basic SDOT services and benefits. One such document is SDOT’s Winter Weather (snow and ice information) brochure pictured above which is available in the six primary languages as recognized by the Federal Census, Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Municipal Court; those are: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Somali, Tagalog and Korean (not shown). [Read more…]
We posted a brief introduction last week to the SDOT Art Plan, jointly developed in 2005 with the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and written by Daniel Mihalyo. Since 2005, portions of the plan have been implemented and we’re excited to post pictures over the next few weeks of some of the art Seattle has gained in its public spaces. But before we do, we wanted to dive into a little bit more detail on the plan itself, starting with Book 1: The Diagnosis.
Book 1 lays out an introduction to the remarkable history of public art in Seattle, including art in the right-of-way. It also gives general recommendations for SDOT to incorporate more art and design in the following: roadway structures, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and streets and sidewalks. And, last but not least, it reviews the nuts and bolts of how public art is financed in Seattle and at SDOT.
The plan makes for interesting reading (we promise!) for anyone curious about art in Seattle’s public right-of-way. Check in next week for great photos of places where planning for art is turning into real projects.
Everyone’s on Facebook these days…and so are we. SDOT’s Community Parking Program (CPP) shares updates on the neighborhoods where parking is currently being studied. You can find information on upcoming meetings, updates on parking studies, links to maps for recommendations, and links to interesting parking-related stories among other things. This year the CPP has been studying parking in First Hill, Capitol Hill, and West Seattle Junction.
If you are interested in following along and getting updates as the projects develop, click here and join the page. It’s a quick and convenient way to stay in the loop while getting informed about your friend’s latest status.
On Saturday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m., SDOT will launch the 2009 Holiday Pedestrian Safety Campaign at Pacific Place Mall in downtown Seattle. Following a “safety fair” with bags and stencils for the kids (beginning at 1:30 p.m.), Emcee Penny LeGate of KIRO-TV will introduce the campaign. Speakers at the event will include Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis, Councilmembers Jan Drago and Nick Licata, SDOT Director Grace Crunican, and SPD Assistant Chief Mike Sanford.
The goal of the campaign is to reduce collisions between vehicles and pedestrians in downtown Seattle this holiday season. The campaign reminds people that they are both drivers and pedestrians and encourages everyone to “take it slow” at this busy time of year. A sample of the artwork and messaging for the campaign is below. In addition to posters and postcards around downtown, you’ll see this campaign on the sides of buses, inside buses, on parking pay stations, on coffee sleeves, and on coasters in downtown restaurants.
Last night was Seattle Night Out, and neighbors all over Seattle gathered together for a block party in the street. Did you know you can have a block party on your street any night of the year, and now it is free? If you do not live on an arterial (major) street, or have a bus stop on your block, you can get a free neighborhood block party permit and close your street to traffic and open it up for fun and getting to know your neighbors year round.
To host a block party visit SDOT’s street permit web site.