Columbia City’s new link

  A short but sweet new pedestrian facility connecting people & businesses in a great neighborhood.  Happy walking! 39th Ave S before the new sidewalk   39th Ave S with the new sidewalk This new sidewalk project completes a previously-missing gap in Columbia City’s sidewalk network. It links the sidewalk… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle #6 most walkable city…for now

How walkable is your neighborhood? Everyone has an opinion on this, including the folks at Walkscore.com.  Walk Score® recently ranked Seattle’s neighborhoods…and the city as a whole. We came in #6 nationally, behind the “big boys” such as San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.  (In the spirit of sibling rivalry, we… [ Keep reading ]

You heard it here first – West Seattle Junction parking

Draft findings from the May West Seattle Junction parking study are hot off the press.  The results?  Existing two-hour time limit signs in the commercial area along California Avenue SW seem to be working well.  SDOT doesn’t think paid parking is the right approach for the Junction at this time…. [ Keep reading ]

Mixin’ it up

Pavement engineers everywhere, take note.  The warm mix vs. hot mix asphalt showdown has begun.  SDOT just finished paving 4th Ave S. in the SODO area last night with a new, lower temperature asphalt mix.  This new asphalt mix reduces fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The temperature drop out… [ Keep reading ]

Another beauty

In case you didn’t get enough of those beautiful before and after shots earlier today, here are a couple more of a sidewalk project in Delridge that was just finished yesterday. The North Delridge Neighborhood Council requested a sidewalk on “Snake Hill” (30th Ave SW from High Point to SW… [ Keep reading ]

Big makeovers for small spaces

We’re in the thick of the construction season at SDOT and projects of all sizes are being completed every week. Here are before and after shots of three smaller projects that wrapped up over the past couple months. Each one took a small space and gave it a big makeover… [ 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 ]

¡Vamos a la playa!

Just in time for the hot weather, new gateway signs were installed by SDOT crews last week welcoming travelers to Rainier Beach.  For a map of the gateway signs and other new pedestrian signs in Rainier Beach click here.  The signs are part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program, funded… [ Keep reading ]

Wanted: artist

Update: The deadline for submissions is extended to August 31. Are you an artist?  Do you live in the Central District, Judkins Park or Squire Park?  If so, we’re waiting to hear from you. SDOT is partnering with the folks over in the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs… [ Keep reading ]

Helping you steer clear of congestion

Yesterday two new “dynamic message signs” passed inspection and were activated. The signs look great! They are on 1st Ave S and 4th Ave S, both south of Spokane Street and for northbound traffic.  Messages went up for drivers immediately about construction impacting access to Spokane St.  We’ll have more… [ Keep reading ]