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It’s Not Easy to be a Tree in the City

Seattle has an estimated 150,000 city trees, and of those, SDOT’s Urban Forestry division maintains 40,000. It takes a tough tree to survive the likes of the city’s built environment. By comparison, a tree that can live to be 400-500 years old in a park setting, may have an average… [ Keep reading ]

Save the Stairs…Vote in Pairs

King Street Station is one of Seattle’s treasured landmarks and you have the chance to help win vital funds to restore it. If you’ve been to the station recently, you know that the public staircase from the Jackson Street Plaza on the north side of the station is closed. That’s… [ Keep reading ]

The Inclined Plane in Action

It has long been known that the inclined plane provides a mechanical advantage by reducing the amount of force needed to move an object vertically.  So how does this related to transportation you ask?  Well, most of us don’t realize that we use this simple machine every day when we ascend… [ Keep reading ]

Sidewalks..a kaleidoscope of colors

What color is your sidewalk? Is it Buckwheat? Dusty Rose? Apricot? Concrete doesn’t just come in one color – there are actually dozens of different shades. When a sidewalk is being constructed or replaced, SDOT often consults with the contractor or the private sidewalk owner to choose the exact shade… [ Keep reading ]

Walk and Smell the Flowers

Do you find yourself out and about more these days, enjoying the extra sunlight, smelling the flowers, and just strolling around your neighborhood? Are you thinking you should do more walking to get some exercise and see your neighbors? Well, there are a lot of great walking maps of Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Take over the streets

The first Summer Street event is only 4 weeks away; and we need volunteers.  So if you have ever been secretly wishing to take over the street – now is your chance.   Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets is a series of four events occurring between the months of April and… [ Keep reading ]


You don’t need to be a builder of solar panels or the newest electric car to go green with your business.  There are many ways the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) can work with you to help you enhance your green image and reduce your carbon footprint.  There’s a range… [ Keep reading ]

Network Upgrade in Progress

Implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan is off and rolling in 2010. SDOT’s Bicycle Program recently completed the first three projects of the season with the goal of installing 20 miles of new bike facilities this year. The Bicycle Master Plan envisions a 450 mile network of on-and off-street bicycle facilities that… [ Keep reading ]

Earth Day Every Day

Tommorrow is Earth Day, and as the saying goes ” Every Day is Earth Day” here at SDOT.   What we do, and how we do it, has a big impact both locally and globally.  We also recognize that environmental stewardship is not only the right thing to do; it’s a good… [ Keep reading ]

A Note to Remind You to Vote

We announced last week that King Street Station is one of 25 historic sites participating in the 2010 Partners in Preservation (PiP) program with a chance to win vital grant funds. PiP offers the public the opportunity to vote DAILY between April 15 and May 12 for their favorite project…. [ Keep reading ]