Crews have completed an important West Seattle Bridge construction milestone, allowing the next phase of stabilization work to begin

After months of hard work, we have reached an important milestone in our efforts to stabilize the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge. Our bridge stabilization contractor has finished raising the four platforms which allow crew members to begin work on several measures intended to slow cracking. While structural analysis indicates… [ Keep reading ]

SDOT made an interim update to our dynamic Low Bridge Access Policy to expand access to select users.

With support from Mayor Durkan’s office and the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force, we initiated an interim update to our dynamic Low Bridge Access Policy to increase access to the Lower Spokane Street Swing Bridge (Low Bridge) before automated enforcement is installed and put into effect in Fall 2020…. [ Keep reading ]

We’ve completed pedestrian-first crosswalk safety goal six months early and are advancing a new policy to create more automatic walk signals and give people more time to cross the street

Of all the things we do to keep Seattle moving, public safety is by far our absolute highest priority.We are continuing totakesteps tomake it safer to cross the street andto maketraffic signals work better for pedestrians: We’vecompleted ourVision Zerogoaltocreate 250 pedestrian-first intersectionssixmonths early. New data showsthese safety upgrades are working… [ Keep reading ]

City to conduct a limited test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system on July 25 as part of West Seattle High-Rise Bridge emergency planning

Updated on 7/23/2020 with information about test scheduled for 7/25/2020. Initial post included information for WEA test on 6/26/2020. On July 25 at 12 noon, the City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management will send a test message through the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. This test is not linked… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Free Street Closure Permits Available for Restaurant and Business Operation During Pandemic

Building on the City’s free permits for sidewalk cafes and curb spaces, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today an expansion of street closure permit options for one or more blocks as part of the City of Seattle’s efforts to support businesses during the ongoing public health crisis. These new permits… [ Keep reading ]

Cost-benefit analysis will inform City’s decision to repair or replace the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge

Theinitial structural analysis of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge is complete,andour engineers,bridgeconsultants, and theTechnical Advisory Panel(TAP)are all in agreement thatrepairingthe High-Rise Bridgeisstillpossible. Now we must decide whether the repair or a replacement option is the best path to restoring travel across the Duwamish. Just last week, the TAP released an… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle receives national recognition for preventing crashes with lower speed limits. Nearly half of Seattle’s major streets now have a 25 MPH speed limit.

Seattlesawdramaticreductions incrashes and injuries after installing 25MPHspeedlimit signs, receiving recognition from national traffic safety officials. TheNational Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)– an organization which sets traffic safety guidance – released new recommendations which highlight Seattle’s safety achievements as a national best practice to prevent crashes and save lives…. [ Keep reading ]

See it happening: This week cranes lift first set of bridge spans for the Northgate Pedestrian & Bike Bridge

The Northgate Pedestrian & Bike Bridge project reaches a major milestone with the first set of bridge spans being installed on the east side of I-5. By Fall 2021, people will be able to walk and bike across the Northgate Pedestrian and Bike Bridge, connecting people to thriving neighborhoods, North… [ Keep reading ]

Lake Washington Blvd opens to people walking, rolling, and biking 24/7 from July 24 to September 8

Over600 peoplesharedconcern, joy, and ideas fortraveling along Lake Washington Blvdduring theJune5-day pilot opening Lake Washington Blvd to people walking, rolling, and biking. Based on community feedback, and observations, Lake Washington Blvd is opening again to people walking, rolling, biking, andthosedriving to local destinationsfrom July 24to September 8, 2020with the possibility… [ Keep reading ]

Roadside Chat with Latulitea Aho

Back in May, wehighlighted some fabulous SDOT employees who identify as Asian Pacific American (APA) for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). May is long gone, but I got the chance to grab a virtual coffee with Latulitea Aho and learn about her life. Today, we’re highlighting her story. Latulitea… [ Keep reading ]