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From a whole world of interesting questions that folks have been asking since we launched the SDOT blog in July. Have you ever wondered how to change a street name, how SDOT decides which streets to repave next, who owns the sidewalks or how traffic signal timing works with the… [ Keep reading ]

Sharing the Road & Protecting the Environment

Pedestrian, bike and transit improvements in the Pine-Pike area are wrapping up, with a design that’s good for the environment.   The natural drainage approach created new bus passenger load zones using Roman pavers – cast concrete blocks tumbled to soften their edges.  Crews tore up the old impervious surface and… [ Keep reading ]

A Shiny New Concrete Panel!

When SDOT reconstructs and paves a roadway, why don’t they always replace all of the concrete panels?  Which ones are the lucky winners and why?  Basically, we replace the panels that are damaged and keep those with remaining functional life.  This may appear odd because some of the panels kept… [ Keep reading ]

Change Your Commute and Get a Reward

                  We received a question from one of our readers inquiring about tax incentives for local businesses that encourage their employees to use mass transit and forms of transportation other than single occupant vehicles. Since there were several resources to share, we… [ Keep reading ]

Marion Paving – Transferring the Load

Paving work along Marion Street is going well, with the south side concrete curb lane between First and Third avenues now complete.  Crews are working steadily up the hill, placing funny green wire things before the concrete is poured.  The green “load transfer baskets,” like you see in this photo… [ Keep reading ]

Making Transportation Options Accessible

Lots of transportation changes are happening in Southeast Seattle. Link light rail, Metro bus route restructuring, along with new sidewalks, bike facilities, and parking regulations are all contributing to building a community where there are more choices for getting around. SDOT recognizes the importance of making sure people have the… [ Keep reading ]

Making Connections

Draft recommendations for Westlake Hub to connect bus, streetcar and light rail What is a transportation hub, and what makes for a good one? For starters, usually lots of transit service coming together that brings great regional access with just a single ride or transfer. In many cases this “hub”… [ Keep reading ]

Take a spin through the new SR 99 bored tunnel and along Alaskan Way

Current configuration of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Curious about how driving through the bored tunnel may look and feel? WSDOT in partnership with SDOT, King County Metro and the Port of Seattle developed two simulation videos that are now posted to YouTube.  The first video shows the current design concept… [ Keep reading ]

Take a ride on the Streetcar

When you do, you’ll have company. Over 1,700 riders a day took to the rails this July on Seattle’s South Lake Union Streetcar. Seattleites are on board with the streetcar’s frequent service between the downtown retail core, the Denny Triangle, the South Lake Union neighborhood and points in between.  Just roll your… [ Keep reading ]

The train has left the station

Long-term coordination efforts paid off this weekend as the city’s first light rail line began operating.  The Seattle DOT has been a close partner on the project with responsibility for activities such as traffic signal timing and parking changes around stations.  The timing system that operates the train and vehicle… [ Keep reading ]