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Go Orange for Work Zone Safety

Work Zone Safety Week kicks off on Monday, April 19th, and with construction season ramping up, this is an ideal time to remind everyone to slow down and pay attention when passing through a work zone.  Drivers often think that transportation professionals and construction contractors working on the road are most at risk in… [ Keep reading ]

Creating a different transportation future

4Culture and Great City (and SDOT, who participated on the selection panel) are pleased to announce the eight projects that have been selected for aLIVE; “aLIVe focuses on new thinking about what is possible when we design around the human body? We’re asking professional artists and artist teams, architects, landscape… [ Keep reading ]

Reduced Staffing at SDOT on Furlough Days

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… [ Keep reading ]

A Tree Party

We know that you love trees, and so do we! This weekend our Urban Forestry division’s Heritage Tree Program will be presenting a dedication ceremony in partnership with Plant Amnesty. The ceremony will be an opportunity to celebrate these unique trees and their home on the edge of Lake Union…. [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Bicycles into 4th Place in Nation

If you are a bicycling enthusiast, you’ll be happy to know that you are living in one of the nation’s top cities for bicycling.  Seattle is named the fourth “Best City for Biking” in the May issue of Bicycling magazine, which hits the newsstands today. Minneapolis, Minnesota was the top… [ Keep reading ]

Stretching Voter Dollars to Make Safe Sidewalks

Thanks to a cost-sharing partnership between the family-owned Mar-San Properties and SDOT, there’s beautiful new sidewalk in the heart of the Morgan Street Junction on California Avenue SW between Fauntleroy Avenue SW and Beverage Place SW. The sidewalk at this location, which had been uplifted by SDOT street trees needing… [ Keep reading ]

Get on the Bus, Gus

SDOT and King County Metro have substantially completed a one-of-a-kind project to drastically improve the busy bus stop at N 84th Street and Aurora Ave N.  As we previously reported, the old stop lacked the space to sufficiently accommodate the nearly 300 transit riders that board at this location daily. … [ Keep reading ]

Capitol Hill Parking Changes on the Way

As you know, SDOT has been studying parking in Capitol Hill over the past year and we are preparing to implement new parking measures on certain streets. One of the more visible changes will be the expansion of two existing RPZs, Zones 4 and 21, in the next few months.  Click… [ Keep reading ]

Good news for bus riders!

We just got some good news: Governor Gregoire signed the 2010 Transportation budget this week which includes funding from its Regional Mobility Grant program for the Rainier Avenue and Jackson Street Transit Improvements!  The Rainier Avenue Transit Improvement project will improve speed and reliability for transit service within the Southeast Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Getting to the Root of the Matter

How can Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) save trees in  Seattle?  Read on!  GPR, historically used by SDOT to locate underground structures, tested  positive by SDOT Urban Forestry for its potential to find tree roots!   The idea, from a student in a class on tree protection , inspired SDOT landscape architect… [ Keep reading ]