Paving Quiz – What do crews do when it rains?

Answer: Everything but asphalt and concrete work.  That’s why weather forecasts keep project managers up at night.  The possibility of rain means paving plans turn on a dime.  As the saying goes “success favors the prepared” and project managers (PM) are nothing if not prepared.  They plan for transportation projects… [ Keep reading ]

2nd Update: Bike and truck improvements for south end Ballard Bridge

Thanks for all of the thoughtful input! Because so many comments have been received, we need more than two days to consider them. Part of our process will include convening a small group of bicycle and freight interests to discuss feedback. Please check back in two weeks to learn more… [ Keep reading ]

Stewart and Second ‘Round-the-Clock

Good news for downtown traffic due to a ‘round-the-clock effort by paving crews: Yesterday morning Stewart Street opened back up to two lanes and the afternoon rush-hour bus-only restriction between Westlake and Second Avenue was removed.  Getting there – and a week ahead of schedule – wasn’t easy. Simultaneously last… [ Keep reading ]

100+ Tiny Submarines or…

Does this photo from the South Spokane St project show more than 100 tiny soil-traversing submarines with periscopes up, or does it show earthquake preparedness?  Sci Fi authors aside, the correct answer is… preparation for an earthquake.  So why the pipes at 4th Ave S and S Spokane St?  These… [ Keep reading ]

Making Connections

Draft recommendations for Westlake Hub to connect bus, streetcar and light rail What is a transportation hub, and what makes for a good one? For starters, usually lots of transit service coming together that brings great regional access with just a single ride or transfer. In many cases this “hub”… [ Keep reading ]

Comments Needed on RPZ Program Director’s Rule

Starting in 2007, SDOT initiated a major policy review to redesign the RPZ program to better achieve City’s goals for parking management, transportation, economic development, social equity, and sustainability. On Monday, SDOT reached an important step in revising the Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ ) program and released a draft “Director’s… [ Keep reading ]

Are They Tearing Up New Pavement?

When traveling in the area of the Westin Hotel, along 5th Avenue, you may have noticed a section of the roadway recently paved. Now you may be asking yourself…why oh why are they repaving that section again if that stretch of roadway was paved in 2008? Not to worry, we… [ Keep reading ]

Take a spin through the new SR 99 bored tunnel and along Alaskan Way

Current configuration of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Curious about how driving through the bored tunnel may look and feel? WSDOT in partnership with SDOT, King County Metro and the Port of Seattle developed two simulation videos that are now posted to YouTube.  The first video shows the current design concept… [ Keep reading ]

Whether the Weather Matters

After months of working with businesses and residents to prepare for impending construction impacts, weather still determines whether or not plans change at the last moment.   Case in Point: Stewart Street.  Stewart Street paving between Third and Fourth Avenues was supposed to happen the last weekend of July.  Then Seattle’s… [ Keep reading ]

Take a ride on the Streetcar

When you do, you’ll have company. Over 1,700 riders a day took to the rails this July on Seattle’s South Lake Union Streetcar. Seattleites are on board with the streetcar’s frequent service between the downtown retail core, the Denny Triangle, the South Lake Union neighborhood and points in between.  Just roll your… [ Keep reading ]