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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 ]

Sharing the Road with Sharrows

Many people wonder what those little bike symbols mean and why they are there.  Shared lane pavement markings, or “sharrows”, are bicycle symbols carefully placed to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride on the road,  avoid car doors and remind drivers to share the road with cyclists.  Unlike… [ Keep reading ]

Hear the Fremont Bridge Talk Back this Saturday

Did you know that all summer there’s been an artist up there in the Fremont Bridge towers with Rapunzel?  Artist Kristen Ramirez has been using a tower as a studio, spending time with bridge operators and neighbors, and working on an artistic response to the bridge.  The project, part of… [ Keep reading ]

2009 Downtown Paving looking Rosy

This Monday crews start the work to completely reconstruct Fourth Avenue from South Jackson Street to Olive Way.  Some of the concrete panels along the roadway are up to 60 years old -even though the common life span of these panels is 40 years.  Phase one of the project, from… [ Keep reading ]

Neighborhood Plan Update Community Open House – You are Invited!

If you live in the North Beacon Hill, North Rainier, or MLK Jr. @ Holly (Othello) neighborhoods, we welcome you to attend  a Neighborhood Plan Update Open House. Here’s an opportunity to talk with City staff about your neighborhood, review neighborhood plan update draft goals and strategies and provide feedback…. [ Keep reading ]