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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Makes Bicycle Improvements in SODO through Partnership with Local Businesses

10/2/2008  11:00:00 AM

SDOT Makes Bicycle Improvements in SODO through Partnership with Local Businesses

SEATTLE-To increase bicycle safety during South of Downtown (SODO) construction projects, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recently paved over two sets of abandoned train tracks on Utah Avenue S. Completed between S Stacy and S Holgate streets, the work covered unused tracks that prevented cyclists from commuting comfortably, especially as they tried to avoid major construction nearby. Outdoor Research, Starbucks and the SODO Business Association worked with SDOT through a paving partnership to cover the project’s costs.

This project is a powerful example of how city government and the business community can partner to create transportation solutions. As Seattle’s transportation system has evolved, the city has accumulated streets with train tracks that are no longer utilized. While these tracks have some nostalgic value, they can create less than ideal traveling conditions for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Thanks to the paving partnership, the work on Utah Avenue S improved a route used with greater regularity by the bike community.

While SDOT does not budget improvements to non-arterials streets such as this roadway, the department was eager to participate in this partnership as it supports carbon neutral transportation modes, like biking. SDOT also understands the transportation challenges created for bicyclists due to current and future SODO construction projects, and wanted to create a viable and safe alternative route for them. This partnership is a win-win for all parties involved.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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