Quality in the Details

The SDOT paving program has been rolling full speed ahead all season, with plenty of concrete, asphalt and paint, but it doesn’t stop there. We’re also continuing the Seattle tradition of inlaying the street names in brass on corners downtown. You’ll notice them in the retail core and some other… [ Keep reading ]

Meet the Talent

Last month, Tabor 100 recognized SDOT’s Bobby Forch with their 2009 Crystal Eagle Award for Business Development. He serves as the women & minority business enterprises (WMBE) contracts advisor, working to ensure contracts are equitably awarded for SDOT and other City of Seattle projects. Tabor 100 is a grassroots economic… [ Keep reading ]

I can see for miles and miles

Did you notice how clear Mt Rainier was yesterday?  Well, we have some good news.  According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency; we can see much farther than we could in 1990.  The average visibility for the Puget Sound area has steadily increased over the last decade (with year-to-year… [ Keep reading ]

When It Snows, We’re Ready to Go!

Summer weather has departed and cooler weather is upon us – it’s time to prepare for winter. Today, SDOT announced our new winter storm response plan. We are working to ensure that our team is up for whatever challenge winter throws our way. Going into this storm season, we’ve already… [ Keep reading ]

West Seattle Junction Parking Draft Recommendations

Parking in WSJ has been studied this year to better identify current conditions. Results have been reviewed with the community and draft recommendations are now ready to be shared. A mailer detailing the recommended changes is going out to residents this week. For details on the parking study and what… [ Keep reading ]

‘Tis the Season for Tree Planting

If you were to pick one week out of the calendar year as the best week to plant a street tree in Seattle, the week of October 5-11 would be in the running.   Trees are moving into their dormant season and weather conditions are cool, allowing plants to establish roots… [ Keep reading ]

Building Parks between Cars…For a Day

Last month, SDOT participated for the first time in Park(ing) Day. On this day, parking spaces around the city, and world, become parks, where people could play games, socialize, and generally return more of the city streets to pedestrians for a day. SDOT’s goal was to help share information on… [ Keep reading ]

One Thousand Five Hundred Eighty One

You’re probably wondering what this number represents.  Is it the number of miles of roadway in Seattle?  Or perhaps it’s the length of the Aurora Bridge?  Actually, 1,581 is the number of collisions that have occurred on Aurora Avenue North in the past three years.  That works out to about… [ Keep reading ]

It’s a wrap!

            We’ve got some great photos of the recently completed 16th Ave. SW project. It involved reconstruction and minor widening of the roadway on 16th Avenue SW between SW Findlay Street and SW Brandon Street. Work included: • roadway pavement removal and replacement • drainage improvements… [ Keep reading ]

Meet the Talent

We like to recognize the good work of members of our team and want to share these highlights with our blog readers. This month the American Public Works Association (APWA) recognized one of SDOT’s lead engineers, Katherine Claeys, in their seasonal publication. Katherine has been an engineer with the City… [ Keep reading ]