Extra care for hot trees

Our record-breaking heat wave is subsiding.  But the need to protect Seattle’s trees from ongoing heat-related stress isn’t ending.  Even a normal Seattle summer can be hard on our urban trees, and the recent unusual temps have been especially tough.  Each tree we can help through the dry season contributes… [ Keep reading ]

Input needed! Bike and truck improvements for south end Ballard Bridge

We’re trying to make it easier to move around the south end of the Ballard Bridge and want to hear from you.  SDOT held a small working session with bicycle, freight and pedestrian advocates and is recommending the following changes. If you bike or drive this corridor, we hope you’ll… [ Keep reading ]

Yesler Terrace’s Talented Eight

Who says urban design and transportation can’t be interesting…for teens? Certainly not the eight high school students who were participants in Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler 2014 Summer Youth Program. Yesler 2014 aims to involve teens and young adults in the redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood. With their help, the… [ Keep reading ]

A smooth ride through SODO

The repaving of 4th Avenue South from Airport Way S to Royal Brougham Way was completed last week.  Check out the photos below for some lovely shots of velvety asphalt and gleaming paint lines.  As we mentioned last week, the project used a new, energy-efficient form of asphalt mix, but… [ Keep reading ]

Bradford Trail Connector ready just in time for Seafair

A new trail link connecting Genessee Park to the surrounding neighborhood was completed on Friday just in time for Seafair.  The Bradford Trail Connector is ADA accessible and provides a new path to the park for all users.  Genessee Park is a popular place to watch the Seafair festivities, so the… [ Keep reading ]

Sidewalks + DIY art at Morgan Junction

If you spend much time around Morgan Junction, you may have noticed a newly installed sidewalk art project right next to Morgan Junction Park.  The project was created by the artists “SuttonBeresCuller” and is titled Salon.   Salon represents something new for the SDOT Art Program.  It incorporates a series… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]