Seattle Freight Mobility Program
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) maintains a freight program to improve freight mobility and safety in Seattle, in conjunction with department efforts to improve mobility across a range of transportation modal opportunities for moving people and goods. Assigned staff actively work on plans, programs and implementation of measures to ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods and services. SDOT has staff supporting freight mobility in the categories of commercial vehicle enforcement, planning, traffic operations, capital project implementation and funding resources. SDOT also maintains the Seattle Freight Advisory Board to obtain timely freight stakeholder input and recommendations on Seattle’s and external agencies proposed plans and improvements. SDOT staff participate in regional stakeholder and planning forums concerned with fostering advances in freight mobility.
Seattle Freight Master Plan
The City of Seattle seeks to develop a Freight Master Plan to address unique characteristics, needs, and impacts of freight mobility within the broader context of how freight movement and industrial lands contribute to the city’s, and the region’s, overall economy. The Freight Master Plan will primarily focus on urban truck freight movement to support Seattle’s increasing demand for goods and services in a safe and resilient manner. The plan will outline the critical role that freight movement has on meeting the City’s goals for social equity, economic productivity, sustainability, and livable neighborhoods.
The Freight Master Plan will likely include elements that have been a part of the other citywide modal master plans such as an existing conditions report, a policy framework, future conditions assessment, update to the designated freight network, identification of near- and long-term improvements, design guidelines, and the creation of an implementation strategy that includes a data-driven prioritization framework.
Stay tuned for more project development, including a project launch date, in the coming months.
In response to Seattle City Council Resolution 31026 (December 2007), the Seattle Department of Transportation identified a list of 16 City of Seattle capital projects that will improve freight mobility. Each of these projects has a significant share of local (city) funding. Additionally, SDOT is a participant in three freight mobility projects led by other agencies. See the map and list of the 19 freight supportive projects. SDOT has completed several city projects since 2007 to benefit freight movement.
All over-legal loads traveling within the City of Seattle are required to obtain a special permit. See this link for more information.
Spokane Street Corridor Truck Routing
The SDOT Traffic Management Division has published an informational map to for use by truck drivers who use the Spokane St Corridor. It was printed in five languages (English, Punjab, Amharic, Spanish and Russian). SDOT encourages alternative routes during periods of corridor congestion and construction disruption. Printed versions of these maps are available for use from SDOT. Click here to see the document.
SDOT has posted signs on City Owned Bridges with Vehicle Weight Restrictions. Click here to view these locations.
In addition, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has posted weight restrictions on the Alaskan Way Viaduct (State Route - SR 99) on both the Viaduct and at downtown Seattle ramps. Click here to see the WSDOT site for specific information.
Travel Information and Traffic Camera Images
SDOT maintains the Travelers Information Map, including an innovative travel time estimates for selected arterial routes. The information can be access the data at this website:
SDOT installed Traffic Surveillance Cameras in the Duwamish industrial area and the Ballard Interbay Northend industrial area. The cameras have been added to the inventory of city and state cameras that observe traffic incidents and flow conditions. More cameras and Dynamic Message Signs (illuminated signing with changeable messages) are being installed every year as funding is available.
The Duwamish Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) camera images are available to the public and can be accessed at this website:
Hazardous Materials Restricted in Battery Street and on Viaduct During Peak Travel Periods
SDOT has posted signs to remind drivers that hazardous materials are restricted at all times in the SR 99 Battery Street Tunnel and on the Alaskan Way Viaduct during weekday peak travel periods. The City of Seattle Traffic Code prohibits transport of hazardous materials through the tunnel at all times. Weekday restrictions will continue on the Alaskan Way Viaduct between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
See this link for further information:
The Port of Seattle has assigned terminal space to accommodate overnight drayage truck parking. See this site for related information.
SDOT Freight Mobility Action Plan: 2005 Plan Update
Guiding SDOT efforts to improve freight mobility, SDOT periodically updates the Freight Mobility Strategic Action Plan. SDOT prepared the City's first Freight Mobility Strategic Action Plan in November 2002. The Plan presents a list of actions to be implemented by the various SDOT divisions. These actions or tasks address administrative and functional actions to be implemented by SDOT to benefit freight pursuant to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the Seattle Transportation Strategic Plan. Actions include railroad grade separations, truck guide signing, street improvements, and ongoing communication with the Seattle freight community via the Seattle Freight Advisory Board and other outreach.
City of Seattle Freight Mobility Actions
SDOT strives to improve city and regional freight mobility in support of the economy and concert with City plans. The following freight actions have been identified for the years listed:
SDOT also published an informational brochure on the City’s freight program. It presents a progress report on major accomplishments in 2005 and 2006, and planned improvements in 2006 and 2007 to keep freight moving. Click here to see the document .
Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program
For more information on actions being considered by the project team to decrease congestion during construction visit WSDOT's project web site.
Freight Contact – General Information:
Phone - 206-684-8370
Freight Program Mailing Address:
Seattle City Council adopted Resolution Number 31243 in September, 2010 expressing the intent to create a more formal advisory body for freight issues by establishing a Freight Advisory Board. This new Board will advise the Mayor, the City Council, and all departments and offices of the city in 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. The Board replaced the Freight Mobility Advisory Committee upon its formation in January 2011.
The City of Seattle established the Freight Mobility Advisory Committee (FMAC) in September 2002 to advise elected officials, SDOT and other agencies on measures to improve freight mobility and safety in Seattle. The Committee served for eight years through December 2010, and was replaced in early 2011 by the new Freight Advisory Board.
See this site to view Committee information:
Seattle Major Truck Streets
SDOT and the Port of Seattle have identified key existing ground transportation routes that provide connections to Port facilities. Two maps are available. The Seaport Highway Connectors map identifies existing routes that provide safe, reliable, efficient and direct access between a Port marine facility and the state highway or interstate system. The Seaport Intermodal Connectors map identifies existing routes that provide safe, reliable, efficient and direct access between Port terminals and the primary railroad intermodal facilities located in Seattle.
City of Seattle Transportation Strategic Plan
Ballard Interbay Northend Manufacturing & Industrial Center (BINMIC) Neighborhood Plan
Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center Neighborhood Plan
Right of Way Improvement Manual
Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection
Seattle Climate Action Plan