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Frequently-Asked Questions about sidewalk construction

  1. What is your project timeline?
  2. Sidewalk project construction typically begins during late spring or summer. This website will be updated with specific dates once they are known. A program representative will be contacting property owners with specific details about each project prior to beginning any construction work.

  3. Why is SDOT constructing a sidewalk on this block?
  4. SDOT is committed to making Seattle the most walkable city in the nation. Sidewalks are a key component of the pedestrian network. With funding from the Bridging the Gap levy, the SDOT Sidewalk Development Program is now able to construct many blocks of new sidewalk each year.

    Projects are selected using the newly-adopted Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan, which is a long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation. The plan establishes the policies, programs, design criteria, and projects that will further enhance pedestrian safety, comfort, and access in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

  5. How can I request a sidewalk on another block?

    The SDOT Sidewalk Development Program selects projects through a prioritization process using the criteria described above. The Neighborhood Projects Fund constructs projects proposed by residents. For more information about putting in a request for the NPF program, please click here

  6. What will the new sidewalk look like?

    A typical sidewalk is six-feet wide and constructed of concrete. Whenever possible we also include a planting strip that is wide enough for plants , and trees if there are no conflicting underground utilities.

  7. How will this project affect parking on my street?
  8. This will depend on the specific street. Wherever possible, parking will be permitted on both sides of the street. Parking will typically be parallel parking. Please see the webpage for a specific project for details as soon as they are available.

  9. Can I plant something (trees/landscaping)?
  10. Planting strips or tree pits will be constructed as part of the sidewalk project as space allows and we will install all landscaping as part of the project. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the options for plantings on your block.

  11. How long will construction last? How much of an impact will it be to my community?

    Construction will be as rapid as possible. The typical project takes 8 weeks, including equipment set up, concrete work, and site clean up. Parking restrictions, temporary driveway closures, and other detours may be necessary during actual construction. We will work to minimize these disturbances. Please contact us if there is something we should know about as we schedule construction.

  12. Can I see the actual plans?
  13. Certainly. Plans will be finalized in mid-May and be posted to the specific project webpage at that time, if not earlier. If you have trouble viewing the plans, please contact us for a paper copy of the plan document.

  14. Will you include any art on the new sidewalk?

    SDOT now has an artist-in-residence who is looking for opportunities to add art on our sidewalk projects. The most likely art possibility is a texture stamp at the corners of the new sidewalk panels. If you have ideas for other small art possibilities, please contact us by the end of March.

  15. When will the plans be finalized?
  16. The final plans will be ready in mid-May. We will be contacting any property owners and residents whose properties will be impacted before our plans are finalized.

  17. How will the sidewalk tie into my property (landscaping / driveway /etc.)
  18. This will depend on several factors related to your specific property. The project manager will contact all property owners that are expected to have impacts during construction.

  19. What is a Temporary Construction Easement and why do I need to sign one?

    If during the course of new sidewalk construction SDOT or contractor crews need to access your property, we must ask you to sign a temporary construction easement. In many cases, our crews or contractor will only set foot on your property in order to successfully construct the sidewalk and will not impact anything on your property. In other cases, we may have to adjust your driveway to better align with the new sidewalk. SDOT staff will be contacting property owners beginning in March if a temporary construction easement is required.

  20. Who can I talk to about existing problems on my property? Will this project fix these problems too?
  21. Funds for the sidewalk program are reserved strictly for sidewalk construction. We will mitigate any impacts that our project causes, but will not be including any changes that are not part of our project or in the public right-of-way. If you have an existing drainage concern, contact Seattle Public utilities at (206) 684-3000. For questions regarding code compliance, contact the Department of Planning & Development at (206) 684-8600. For all other questions, contact the Mayor’s Customer Service Bureau at (206) 684-2489.

  22. How can I get more information?

    There are several ways you can contact us.
    1. Via the website
    2. By phone or email: Brian Dougherty
    3. Sign up for announcements
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