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Seattle plans for traffic during visit of Chinese delegation

Seattle plans for traffic during visit of Chinese delegation SEATTLE - The City of Seattle is working with local and federal agencies to manage traffic on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week during the visit of a large Chinese delegation. Seattle officials are working to support U.S. Secret Service efforts to provide security. “Seattle is honored to host President Xi and his delegation during his visit to the United States,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “With an international visit of this stature and the accompanying federal security requirements, we want all travelers to be advised of the impacts to business...

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New Capital Project Dashboard Increases Transparency

New Capital Project Dashboard Increases Transparency SDOT site provides easily accessible information on projects' costs, schedules and status SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has reached another milestone toward increased transparency on the work the city is doing to keep goods and people moving. Now there is a new website, the Capital Project Dashboard, which provides key project status information on current large transportation projects, such as estimated cost and spending, whether the project is in design or construction, if it is on schedule and within the budget, and its expected completion date. "Seattle is committed to openness...

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SDOT Shares Design Update for Seattle Streetcar – Center City Connector

SDOT Shares Design Update for Seattle Streetcar - Center City Connector SEATTLE –The Seattle Department of Transportation will host two open houses next week to inform and engage the public on plans for the Seattle Streetcar - Center City Connector. The Center City Connector will complete the Seattle Streetcar system, linking over a dozen Seattle neighborhoods. The public is invited to ask questions on the proposed design and constructing phasing options for the Center City Connector at two downtown open houses: Tuesday, September 29th 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall 600 4th Ave., Seattle,...

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Come Play, Watch or Comment at Ballard Street Scrabble Tournament

Come Play, Watch or Comment at Ballard Street Scrabble Tournament SEATTLE –A life-size Street Scrabble tournament will take place in Ballard this Saturday, Oct. 10, 4 to 6 p.m. hosted by Groundswell Northwest, Ballard Greenways, and the Seattle Department of Transportation. You can watch the action, provide feedback on this kind of use of public space, or take part in the tournament—at the intersection of 17th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Dock Place. The intersection was recently reconfigured, leaving a large area of open space along 17th Avenue Northwest. SDOT's Pavement to Parks Program works to create community-driven public spaces in...

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Mayor unveils proposal to build more sidewalks in Seattle neighborhoods

Mayor unveils proposal to build more sidewalks in Seattle neighborhoods SEATTLE - Today Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Tim Burgess unveiled a proposal that increases sidewalk construction throughout Seattle by utilizing more cost-effective designs and materials. Additionally, the City is proposing to develop new public-private partnerships to incentivize sidewalk construction.  “To be a truly walkable city, we need to provide safer pathways to schools, parks, transit and shops,” said Murray. “This innovative approach stretches our dollars to meet this need across Seattle by significantly reducing sidewalk construction costs. Everyone – from schoolkids to seniors – should have the opportunity to...

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City to Conduct Transit Lane Enforcement on Third Avenue

City to Conduct Transit Lane Enforcement on Third Avenue Will help ensure speed and reliability for 47,500 daily transit riders SEATTLE – On Thursday, October 29, the City of Seattle will conduct transit lane enforcement on the critical Third Avenue transit corridor. Officers from the Seattle Police Department supported by Seattle Department of Transportation staff will enforce posted transit restrictions from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM between Union and Stewart streets. Third Avenue is one of the busiest bus streets in the United States with approximately 2,500 buses carrying 47,500 people on it every weekday. With 45 percent of downtown...

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Seattle Freight Advisory Board seeks new members

Seattle Freight Advisory Board seeks new members SEATTLE—The City of Seattle is seeking applications from persons interested in serving on the Seattle Freight Advisory Board (SFAB).  The volunteer board, which was created by the Seattle City Council in 2010, advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on the development of a functional and efficient freight system, and on all matters related to freight and the impact that actions by the City may have on the freight environment.  In addition, the board is playing an important role in the development of Seattle's Freight Master Plan. Board terms are two years,...

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City Of Seattle Partners with Lyft to Eliminate Impairment-Related Road Fatalities

City Of Seattle Partners with Lyft to Eliminate Impairment-Related Road Fatalities SEATTLE – The City of Seattle is partnering with rideshare company Lyft to provide ride vouchers to bars throughout selected Seattle neighborhoods to make sure people get a safe ride home as 2016 kicks off, and throughout the new year. This first of its kind partnership in Seattle will begin on December 30 to encourage people to use safe travel options if they plan to drink. The collaboration is part of Seattle's Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. While Seattle's...

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Move Seattle begins with Beacon Hill paved trail for students

Move Seattle begins with Beacon Hill paved trail for students SDOT breaks ground on first of 2016’s Safe Routes to School projects SEATTLE - Thanks to voter-approved funds provided by the Move Seattle levy, today the City of Seattle began construction on its first 2016 Safe Routes to School project at Mercer Middle School. “Thanks to Seattle voters’ approval of Move Seattle, we will make major investments to maintain our roads and bridges, make our streets safer, and give people new options to move around and through Seattle,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Our Move Seattle investments begin right here, with...

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Center City Connector streetcar recommended for $75 million grant

Center City Connector streetcar recommended for $75 million grant SEATTLE - Today the City of Seattle’s Center City Connector Streetcar Project was recommended for a $75 million grant in President Obama’s 2017 Budget. The project would link the existing South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines, creating a system that would connect over a dozen Seattle neighborhoods in Seattle’s Center City. If approved by Congress, this $75 million grant would be one of the largest federal grants the City has received for a transportation project in recent history. “Seattle thanks President Obama and our Congressional delegation for the incredible...

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