Meet the Talent

This fall the American Public Works Association (APWA) honored two SDOT Capital Projects and Roadway Structures Division (CPRS) staffers.  CPRS Director Mike Terrell was selected as the recipient for the 2009 APWA Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE). Terrell, president of the APWA Washington Chapter in 2008 and 2009 executive… [ Keep reading ]

Improvements are coming to S. Columbian Way

A new paving project is planned for South Columbian Way between Beacon Ave S and 15th Ave S in 2010. The project will benefit the multiple users of the street by: Repaving the street Installing new curbs Improving drainage Constructing new curb ramps at intersections to improve pedestrian access In… [ Keep reading ]

Bus-Bike Commuting in the Ride Free Area

If you are one of the many Seattleites biking AND busing to work downtown in the same trip, you are probably already familiar with bike loading rules in the Ride Free Area. For those who aren’t as familiar, or may not have realized it, there are rules in place to… [ Keep reading ]

I See Trees of Green…

We all know Seattle to be the Emerald City and if you look on most neighborhood streets, you can see why. Our city is dedicated to keeping a green landscape by increasing the number of trees in the city over the next 30 years through the Seattle ReLeaf program. SDOT’s… [ Keep reading ]

A Countdown to Cross By

So by now you are probably pretty familiar with some of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies we use throughout the city to help with traffic. You’ve seen the dynamic message signs we use to alert travelers of roadway conditions, the traffic cameras we use to look out for incidents,… [ Keep reading ]

Open house scheduled for today on the NE 45th St. Viaduct Project

The NE 45th Street Viaduct is scheduled to be replaced during the summer of 2010 The NE 45th Street Viaduct’s existing 468-foot west approach is nearing the end of its structural life and needs to be replaced.  SDOT is hosting an Open House today, Thursday, November 12 from 4:30 – 7:30… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating our veterans

At SDOT and all around the nation we are rembering and honoring those who served our country.  Happy Veterans’ Day.

Snow Response Rehearsal Continues

Today the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continued its dress rehearsal of its aggressive new snow-fighting plan by deploying its snow response fleet on city streets. At approximately 4:00 a.m. this morning, more than 20 trucks equipped with snow plows rolled out of SDOT yards to follow the prescribed sequence… [ Keep reading ]

Our Living (Leafing) History

We’ve gotten a few questions about Seattle’s street trees on our Q&A page recently, reminding us that lots of readers might not know about the Seattle Department of Transportation’s role in caring for the city’s tree canopy. Not only does SDOT assist drivers, cyclists, freight delivery people, pedestrians and transit… [ Keep reading ]

Pedestrians and Daylight Savings Time

When daylight savings time ends, it takes a few weeks for us to adjust to darker conditions earlier in the evening. After enjoying long hours of daylight in the spring and summer, we are suddenly faced with darkness before 5 p.m. And “falling back” has been shown to have serious… [ Keep reading ]