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Seattle Industrial Areas Freight Access Project Overview

November 19, 2014

What's New

Freight Advisory Board Presentations

Project Prioritization Framework – November 18, 2014

Project Evaluation – September 16, 2014

Future Conditions II – July 15, 2014

Future Conditions – June 17, 2014

Existing Conditions – May 20, 2014

Fact Sheet #1

On November 19, 2013 the Freight Access Project team from SDOT, the Port of Seattle and Transpo Consulting held a workshop with the Seattle Freight Advisory Board to identify and discuss key issues and problems that interfere with the reliable movement of freight trucks within and between the city’s Manufacturing and Industrial Centers, and to the regional highway network. The outcome of this discussion can be found here, and will be used by the project team to better understand the transportation challenges facing the freight community.


The project is being carried out  by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in partnership with the Port of Seattle (POS). The transportation firm, the Transpo Group, has been hired as a consultant to assist SDOT with the project.


The purposes of the Seattle Industrial Areas Freight Access Project are to support and promote regional and international economic competitiveness and lay the groundwork for a more comprehensive Seattle Freight Master Plan. The project will do this by identifying and initiating solutions to freight mobility, circulation and access needs within and between:

  • the Greater Duwamish and Ballard Interbay Northend Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (MICs); and
  • connecting corridors from the centers to the regional transportation system, including the interstate and state highways, Port of Seattle facilities and local rail yards.

Project Goals

Assess opportunities and initiate solutions within the study area to:

  • Maintain and improve freight-truck mobility and access to accommodate expected freight and cargo growth
  • Ensure connectivity for major freight intermodal and transload facilities
  • Increase safety for all travel modes
  • Reduce environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions

Project Outcome

SDOT and POS expect to develop a set of prioritized short-, intermediate-, and long-term improvement recommendations to be considered in the City Freight Master Plan and the respective agencies’ implementation programs.


January-April 2014

Data collection, stakeholder interviews and workshops

May 2014

Existing conditions analysis

July 2014

Future conditions analysis

September 2014

Freight network performance analysis

November/December 2014

Draft project & program recommendations

January 2015

Final report

Stakeholder Outreach

The City of Seattle Freight Advisory Board will serve as the primary stakeholder advisory group to the project along with input from a wide range of freight interests and organizations.

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