Organization

SDOT is organized into 8 divisions, plus our Director’s office that houses our centralized communications team. Scott Kubly has been SDOT’s Director since July 2014.

Learn more about Scott.

SDOT Director Scott KublyMayor Ed Murray appointed Scott Kubly as the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) director in July 2014. Prior to joining the department, Scott served as deputy director of the Chicago Department of Transportation and, before that, as associate director for the District Department of Transportation in Washington, DC.

As director of SDOT, Scott oversees transportation policy, capital project delivery, transportation and maintenance operations, transit and mobility improvements, and management of the City’s right of way. He led the creation of the award-winning Move Seattle Plan, which outlines Mayor Murray’s 10-year vision for transportation in Seattle, and delivers a comprehensive strategy for connecting and enhancing the city’s many ways to travel.

Scott was also a lead architect of the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle, which provides $930 million to improve safety, maintain streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. Scott additionally serves as the vice president of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Scott grew up in Chicago and holds graduate degrees in business administration and community/regional planning. He and his wife are residents of Seattle’s Central District and enjoy exploring the city’s unique neighborhoods by foot with their two dogs in tow.

Check out our full org chart (updated September 2017) and learn more about each division below:

SDOT Divisions

The Director's Office oversees all the functions, staff, and services of the department, guiding and shaping SDOT to attain our vision, mission and goals. Our emergency management and communications (public relations and media relations) functions for the department are also part of the Director's Office, as well as the liaison with the Mayor's Office and the Seattle City Council.

The Finance and Administration Division supports our entire department by providing financial and accounting services. It also includes our information technology, human resources, performance management, Women and Minority Business Enterprise programs, asset management, safety and risk management, and building and fleet management.

The Policy and Planning Division develops city transportation policies and creates long-range plans to guide local and regional transportation investments. Other division programs include urban design to help transform streets into inviting public places; capital planning and programming; and developing sources of revenue and grants.

The Project Development Division develops conceptual designs for capital projects prioritized in the City's modal and community plans, including the pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight master plans, and designs and delivers smaller projects. Other division programs include Safe Routes to School and the Vision Zero initiative to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

The Transit and Mobility Division works to improve transportation choices, while managing a limited parking supply to support business district access, sustainability, and economic development goals. Their work includes transit planning and the purchase of transit services; streetcar planning and operations; car share and bike share; transit capital project management; active streets; education and encouragement to reduce drive-alone trips; off-street parking partnerships; and management of the city's on-street parking pay stations, loading zones, and parking permit programs.

The Maintenance Operations Division manages street surfaces and sidewalks including design and engineering, project management, paving and maintenance, street sweeping, snow and ice removal, and street-related emergency response. This division is responsible for urban forestry services including landscape architecture, arborist services, and street tree and landscape maintenance. The Maintenance Operations Division also installs traffic signs, pavement markings, guardrails and other traffic control devices. Our sign manufacturing shop and the field-crew radio dispatch center are in this division.

The Transportation Operations Division is responsible for operation of the City's street system—the City's bicycle, pedestrian, freight and transit facilities. They design, install and operate traffic signals and intelligent transportation systems; conduct freight programs and commercial vehicle enforcement; administer permits for traffic, truck and parking (Traffic Permit Counter); review temporary traffic control plans for construction; manage traffic data and records; design signs and pavement markings; and coordinate special events in the public right of way. Our Transportation Operations Center, the control center where current traffic conditions are monitored and reported, is in this division.

The Capital Projects and Roadway Structures (CPRS) Division oversees all aspects of project management and engineering, construction management, environmental management, right of way and real property, and consultant contracting. CPRS is also responsible for overseeing the city's roadway structures: bridges, retaining walls, public stairways and other structures. Its employees operate the city's 5 movable bridges as well as plan and monitor their seismic retrofit.

Street Use manages the use of the public right of way. Staff members in this division issue permits for construction of streets and sidewalks by private parties and ensure they meet City specifications. They coordinate work on underground utilities in street areas, and the work on private property that could affect the street. They manage the use of right of way spaces for other types of activities that benefit the public such as neighborhood block parties, play streets, parklets and public access to the water at street ends.