PLEASE NOTE: Starting January 14, 2019, we will retire the On the Move blog channel and all traffic advisory blogs will be posted on the SDOT blog channel.
As November comes to a close, we’re hearkening back to summer, with third quarter (Q3) reporting for Move Seattle. The quarter wrapped up the end of September, and now we’ve closed the books, crunched the numbers, and issued our report for presentation to the Levy Oversight Committee meeting Thursday.
Quarterly reports on Levy performance and financials are important tools to help facilitate the role of the Levy Oversight Committee to monitor revenues, expenditures, and program and project implementation.
In total, we spent $47.6M on Move Seattle projects in Q3, up from $39M spent in Q2 and $21.5M spent in Q1.
We’ve also been hard at work drafting the Updated Levy Workplan as the culmination of the Move Seattle Assessment. We took the Move Seattle Assessment’s key findings and worked with staff and teams across the department to develop this Updated Workplan that sets a new baseline with realistic funding and cost expectations for certain programs. These Updated Workplan outlines spend plans and project list projections for all 30 Levy programs.
The Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements project has been out talking to the community about changes coming to Green Lake and Wallingford. Design is nearly complete, and we’ve made changes based on the design feedback we heard from the community earlier this year.
In July, more than 670 people joined us at drop-in sessions and many visited our online open house, to learn about streetscape improvements and give feedback.
In review of design and construction planning, we heard support for our general safety and mobility goals, and some suggestions for changes. We’ve summarized everything we heard and our response to the feedback; for details, read our Feedback and Action Plan: What We Heard and What We’re Doing document!
Improving safety for people walking on N 40th St | We’re adding rapid flashing beacons and repairing some stretches of sidewalk on 40th.
Reviewing east-west bike connections in Wallingford | We’re taking a step back to reconsider the design for bike improvements on N 40th St. In the coming months, we’ll evaluate other potential improvements to east-west bike connections in Wallingford.
Evaluating options for people walking and biking through the N 50th St, Stone Way N, and E Green Lake Way N intersection | We’re looking at ways to make improvements at this intersection by clearly marking crossings and improving visibility and sightlines.
Partnering with Seattle Parks and Recreation to explore an alternative to the planned bike improvements on Green Lake Way N | Our original design included a new signal on Green Lake Way N at N 52nd St. We’re now partnering with Seattle Parks and Recreation to explore transforming a portion of the planting strip bordering the Lower Woodland Parks Playfield parking lot into a 1-way protected bike lane.
Making the NE Ravenna Blvd, NE 71st St and E Green Lake Way N intersection more predictable | We’re squaring up this intersection as much as possible by adding curb bulbs and widening the west side sidewalk. We’re also adding a rapid flashing beacon one block south of the intersection.
Improving safety and visibility at intersections | We’re adding “no parking” signs 20 feet from all intersections in the project area; on the north side of N 80th St on either side of the Ashworth Ave N intersection, we’ll add paint and post curb bulbs to improve visibility.
Reducing speed limits to improve traffic safety for all | We’ll post a 25 MPH speed limit around the east side of Green Lake, which is a reduction from the current 30 MPH speed limit.
We’ll continue to engage you this fall and next year as we prepare for construction. This includes opportunities for public comment in early 2019 regarding bike improvements on N 40th St.
We anticipate completing the design by the end of 2018, beginning construction in late spring of 2019, and completing the project in 2020. For more information, please visit our project webpage.
It’s here! To help you prepare for Seattle’s new era of tough traffic that begins on January 11, 2019 with a three-week closure of SR 99 downtown as WSDOT works to #Realign99 , we have worked with our partners in the City of Seattle and across the region to bring you www.seattle.gov/traffic, your one-stop resource during what we’re calling the Seattle Squeeze.
Beginning with WSDOT’s permanent closure of the Alaska Way Viaduct on January 11 and continuing over the next five years, Seattle is entering a new era of tough traffic. Even after the new SR-99 tunnel opens, the tough times will continue. Additional private and public megaprojects will continue to reduce capacity on our City streets and contribute to gridlock. All this will be worth it. But everyone traveling to and in Seattle needs to have a plan for commuting to work or school, appointments, and/or running simple errands
This digital platform has tools, information, and resources you need to keep you moving safely to and through downtown.
At our evolving information hub you will find:
When the Viaduct closes, three solid weeks of construction begin. Crews will work around the clock to move State Route 99 off the viaduct and into the new, two-mile SR 99 tunnel beneath downtown Seattle.
During the Realign99 closure, the longest highway closure in Seattle’s history, both the viaduct and new tunnel will be closed. You can expect six weeks of impacts.
Removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct is an important safety project. WSDOT is removing an old roadway vulnerable to earthquakes and replacing it with a much safer tunnel. This regional disruption to traffic is unavoidable. Closing the highway for approximately three weeks is the only way crews can finish building the eight new ramps that will allow travelers to enter and exit the new tunnel. Check out this video to get more of the story.
In the meantime, WSDOT has completed work to provide a temporary surface Alaskan Way option, just west of the Viaduct.
The #Realign99 closure will be a very challenging time for everyone traveling to, from or through Seattle. We will need everyone’s help to avoid gridlock. Start making your plan today – visit www.seattle.gov/traffic to get started!
The intersection of S Dakota St and 38th Ave S is closed now through Friday night for emergency panel work. This emergency work is essential to the efficient and safe completion of the Neighborhood Street Fund Hawthorne Project, in the Mt. Baker neighborhood.
When complete, this project will help enhance safety for people walking, biking, and driving at the intersection.
Wednesday, November 14 – Friday, November 16 | 24/7 closure potentially through 8 PM Friday
If you have questions, please contact the project outreach team at NSFHawthorneElementary@seattle.gov or 206-733-9361.
This project is part of the Neighborhood Street Fund Program. For over a decade, first as part of Bridging the Gap and now the Levy to Move Seattle, the Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) has enabled SDOT, the Mayor and City Council to partner with the community to identify, prioritize, fund and build transportation improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods and business districts.
Heads up if you’re travelling downtown during rush hour this afternoon, Thursday, November 8, especially around 5 PM. A coalition of groups will be holding a rally and march regarding the dismissal of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in coordination with a series of rallies at the 5 PM hour across the country.
Expected Impacts to Downtown Core:
We expect impacts to the downtown core during the afternoon rush hour, as the march progresses. These impacts begin at approximately 5:30 PM today.
The Sounders MLS Cup Playoffs at CenturyLink Field game is tonight! Kick-off at 7:30 PM. Estimated attendance: 40,000. If you’re planning on attending the game, please plan ahead and expect impacts to your travel time.
We are working closely with our partners at the Seattle Police Department and our other City departments to make sure safety and mobility are maintained during the event. For live updates and other helpful information, please visit:
To help manage congestion and prepare for the new era of tough traffic that will begin with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) three-week closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct starting January 11, 2019, our Transportation Operations Center (TOC) is operating around the clock beginning October 10.
The TOC is where we gather real-time information to help manage traffic incidents and to update travelers, media, first responders, and partner agencies. At the TOC, the traffic team is expanding its operation from 6 AM – 10 PM to include overnight and on-call service for 24-hour on-duty operations.
Along with 24/7 operation, the TOC will also have:
24/7 staffing of the TOC is one of many ways we’re not only working to manage congestion now, but to also prepare for WSDOT’s SR 99 closure that will begin on January 11, 2019, and for the Period of Maximum Constraint (POMC), the period of transition that Seattle will face over the next five years to meet the needs of our growing city.
Here are our five core strategies to manage congestion from 2019 – 2024:
The TOC is the heart of our Intelligent Transportation System framework, where our operators monitor and manage:
Between 2010 and 2017, 15.3 percent of crashes in the City of Seattle was between 10 PM and 6 AM and nearly 29 percent of all fatal and serious injury crashes were during overnight hours. In 2017, the TOC was activated 45 times for after-hour responses. Meeting that need cost the City 360 hours of overtime pay and 2,900 hours of standby pay.
In coordination with our partner agencies, all traffic incident calls within the City of Seattle will be relayed to the TOC, keeping Seattle better connected. For questions regarding this transition, please contact 206.684.ROAD or email 684-ROAD@seattle.gov.
For real-time information during the Period of Maximum Constraint, follow:
For more information, follow:
We’ve been working hard to better connect bicycle pathways across the city and beyond, and regularly report on progress. The assessment of efforts thus far in 2018, shows dedication toward the larger Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) vision is producing positive results. The BMP is primarily funded by the Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015.
Working closely with the Bicycle Advisory Board to prioritize projects, decisions within the 2017-2021 implementation plan have focused on how well each project connects to the existing network. Construction plans are also measured against One Center City goals, to align pedestrian, bicycle, street, transit, and development projects. Highlights of what BMP projects are completing in 2018, include:
Specific locations of added bicycle facilities in 2018 include:
By the end of 2018, the total of bicycle facilities complete, or in construction, is expected to be 19.47 miles. That number includes, but is not limited to:
A definitive restart of the BMP effort last year, saw a dedication to more downtown pieces of the bicycle path network and to more bicycle projects making it to the “construction-ready” stage, increasing efficiency when any one project runs into a delay.
A much-desired result this year, that came after completion of the 2nd Ave protected bike lane, is a significant increase in ridership. From the 2nd Ave bike counter, the numbers show a 31% increase in ridership from 2017 to 2018.
Moving forward in developing the 2019-2024 BMP implementation plan, we will continue coordination with bicycle stakeholders, to:
As we assess and lay out BMP projects for the remainder of the levy, we will be providing quarterly updates on status to the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board and the Levy Oversight Committee. It’s this continued collaboration that supports success in addressing bicycle traffic stress; bicycle and pedestrian safety; and safe connectivity, complete with destination tools such as more bike parking spots.
Did you know that there are over 485 parks in Seattle… and for one day only on September 21, we are adding 62 more!
Friday, September 21 is PARK(ing) Day, a one-day international event that began in 2005. On-street parking spaces are temporarily transformed into pop-up parks, a global idea providing opportunities to showcase locally!
Our PARK(ing) Day is part of the Seattle Design Festival, two weeks of citywide activities, tours, presentations, workshops and exhibits exploring the role of design in our city.
PARK(ing) Day pop-up parks feature a variety of activities, including games, crafts, photo booths, and treats! We’ve seen everything from art installations to live music, and from an urban jungle to a swimming pool (no water involved). 😊
Pop-up parks offer a place to relax and enjoy our public spaces, just like our permanent parks around Seattle. By participating in PARK(ing) Day, you have the chance to connect with community members, express yourself creatively, and most importantly, enjoy yourself!
Wondering where you can find a pop-up park on September 21? Check out our interactive map to find a pop-up park near you.
Along with the parks hosted all over the city, we’ve created neighborhood clusters of pop-up parks in seven neighborhoods in Seattle. Clusters allow you to visit multiple parks at a time and enjoy everything the neighborhood has to offer. This year, clusters are located in:
• Beacon Hill
• Capitol Hill
• University District
• Lake City
• Rainier Beach
• Pioneer Square
Parks will be popping up all over the city from 9 AM – 7 PM; refer to the interactive map for hours, and then RSVP to the event on Facebook and share with your friends!
When you check out pop-up parks on PARK(ing) Day, be sure to note which ones you like best and why… because on event day, you’ll be able to vote (online survey) for your favorites in each of three categories:
If you want to help celebrate the PARK(ing) Day award winners, swing by the celebratory after-party, hosted at the Center for Architecture and Design from 7 – 9 PM. We can’t wait to see who wins and honor ingenuity!
If you’d like to participate in PARK(ing) Day next year, be sure to keep an eye on our PARK(ing) Day program page. If you have any questions, please contact Kadie Bell Sata at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 206-386-4575.
The Transit Advisory Board (TAB) is accepting applications for new members to help advise Seattle on matters related to transit and other forms of public transportation. The volunteer board plays an influential role in ensuring a functioning and coordinated transit system, citywide!
The board, created by Seattle City Council in 2015, advises the Mayor and City Council on planning, project development, and policies. They make recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).
Current members represent all types of travelers of public transportation and people passionate about transit!
Board members serve a two-year term, with opportunities for re-appointment, meeting monthly on the fourth Wednesday, 6 – 8 PM at Seattle City Hall.
TAB members shall be representatives of any of the following:
We’re committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. People of color, immigrants or refugees, youth, seniors, persons with disabilities, and sexual and gender minorities are encouraged to apply.
If interested, please submit a statement of interest (cover letter) and resume (or equivalent information) by Monday, September 24, 2018!
Email: TransitBoard@seattle.gov | subject line: “TAB Recruitment”
ATTN: TAB Recruitment
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Seattle, Washington 98124-4996
Seattle Department of Transportation’s mission is to deliver a high-quality transportation system for Seattle.