Electric Cars are almost here!

A small number of electric vehicles (EV) are already on Seattle’s roads. Most existing EVs are Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, which are limited to 35 mph and local streets, specialty vehicles, like the Tesla Roadster, and retrofitted hybrids. But, starting in 2010, Nissan plans to sell the first all-electric highway-capable passenger… [ Keep reading ]

Less Pedal to the Metal Please

Everyone wants to live on a safe street. You know, a street where drivers cautiously travel past homes as opposed to flying by like jets.  SDOT is concerned about safety too.  Our Neighborhood Traffic Operations program uses several tools to help keep speeds low.  Residents that participate in our Traffic… [ Keep reading ]

All Aboard…the First Hill Streetcar

The first expansion of the Seattle Streetcar network begins with a series of community open house events targeted at possible route options for the fully funded First Hill Streetcar line. The new line will create an unprecedented connection between several diverse Seattle neighborhoods including the International District and Pioneer Square,… [ Keep reading ]

Art Meets the Street

Many Seattle residents are familiar with the Bicycle Master Plan, Freight Mobility Plan and the new Pedestrian Master Plan.  But did you know that we also have an SDOT Art Plan?  Developed in 2005 in conjunction with the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Art Plan methodically lays out… [ Keep reading ]

Ready for Winter Weather

With possible snow flurries forecast over the weekend, SDOT trucks are now fitted with plows and spreaders.  We’ll have crews on call throughout the weekend.  Our winter weather team applied a salt brine solution to roads and bridges to address icing concerns and be ready for any possible snow.  If rain undercuts… [ Keep reading ]

Lander Street’s Festive Attire

Join the residents of the North Beacon Hill community and the Seattle Department of Transportation on Saturday, December 5th at 10 AM as we celebrate the completion of the Festival Street on S Lander St between 16th Ave S and 17th Ave S. The Lander Festival Street will serve as… [ Keep reading ]

¿Como se dice, “prepared”?

  SDOT’s annual winter weather brochure is ready to roll in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagolog, Chinese, Somali and Korean!  Click here to download your copy today.  Starting next week, you can pick up a printed version at all Seattle Public Library branches and Neighborhood Service Centers.  The brochure has a large map… [ Keep reading ]

City Bridges are Dressed for Cold

As the rest of us pulled out our knitted hats and mittens, SDOT crews responded to last night’s lower temperatures by treating the city’s key bridges to keep ice from forming. SDOT drivers used tank trucks to spray salt brine on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the West Seattle Bridge, Aurora… [ Keep reading ]

A New Era in Transportation

Here in Seattle we’re in the process of transforming our transportation system. We must accommodate growth, but we can’t build more streets. Although it’s a time of tough budgets, we’re preparing for a positive future and a walkable, livable city. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, offering more… [ Keep reading ]

Are You a Fan Yet?

Everyone’s on Facebook these days…and so are we. SDOT’s Community Parking Program (CPP) shares updates on the neighborhoods where parking is currently being studied. You can find information on upcoming meetings, updates on parking studies, links to maps for recommendations, and links to interesting parking-related stories among other things. This year… [ Keep reading ]