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A Countdown to Cross By

So by now you are probably pretty familiar with some of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies we use throughout the city to help with traffic. You’ve seen the dynamic message signs we use to alert travelers of roadway conditions, the traffic cameras we use to look out for incidents,… [ Keep reading ]

Open house scheduled for today on the NE 45th St. Viaduct Project

The NE 45th Street Viaduct is scheduled to be replaced during the summer of 2010 The NE 45th Street Viaduct’s existing 468-foot west approach is nearing the end of its structural life and needs to be replaced.  SDOT is hosting an Open House today, Thursday, November 12 from 4:30 – 7:30… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating our veterans

At SDOT and all around the nation we are rembering and honoring those who served our country.  Happy Veterans’ Day.

Snow Response Rehearsal Continues

Today the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continued its dress rehearsal of its aggressive new snow-fighting plan by deploying its snow response fleet on city streets. At approximately 4:00 a.m. this morning, more than 20 trucks equipped with snow plows rolled out of SDOT yards to follow the prescribed sequence… [ Keep reading ]

Our Living (Leafing) History

We’ve gotten a few questions about Seattle’s street trees on our Q&A page recently, reminding us that lots of readers might not know about the Seattle Department of Transportation’s role in caring for the city’s tree canopy. Not only does SDOT assist drivers, cyclists, freight delivery people, pedestrians and transit… [ Keep reading ]

Pedestrians and Daylight Savings Time

When daylight savings time ends, it takes a few weeks for us to adjust to darker conditions earlier in the evening. After enjoying long hours of daylight in the spring and summer, we are suddenly faced with darkness before 5 p.m. And “falling back” has been shown to have serious… [ Keep reading ]

Update: Weekend Transformations

UPDATE: the rain storm won this one, and has bumped work out a bit. We’ll keep you posted on the newly scheduled weekend transformation! In the meantime, Third Avenue will remain open to traffic.

Weekend Transformations

If you like to see “immediate” results for your tax dollars, take a drive along Third Avenue between Pike and Virginia streets tomorrow, then come back for a look-see on Monday (assuming the work isn’t postponed by rain…). Improvements to Third Avenue are a recent addition to SDOT’s busy 2009… [ Keep reading ]

Family of four thrives with One Less Car

When it is NOT raining, it is a little easier to imagine getting around like this family does. But read on, by the time this story is finished; you might decide it is the Way to Go. A preschooler asking, “Mommy, why can’t we ride a bike to school like… [ Keep reading ]

We’re Looking to Hear from You

Every year, SDOT’s Community Parking Program studies parking in Seattle neighborhoods to see how parking is working. This year, one of the neighborhoods we are working with is the West Seattle Junction. Over the year, we have employed a few outreach methods to keep the community involved, including the classic… [ Keep reading ]