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Street Name Sign Replacement Program

Old Street Name Signs

New Street Name Signs


We are replacing Street Name signs near you

We are replacing aging Street Name signs across the City through the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy. Throughout the nine- year Levy we will replace around 1,700 signs each year. Signs are being updated to a larger and more reflective style to meet the Federal standard.

When will the Street Name sign on your street be updated?

We will replace signs at arterial intersections first, and then move to the non-arterial intersections. All Street Name signs in the City will be replaced by 2015.

How can you buy an old street name sign?

Old street name signs that have been replaced may be purchased at the City of Seattle Surplus Warehouse.

Phone: (206) 684-0827
Address: 3807 Second Ave S


Damaged Street Name sign?

Damaged Street Name signs can be reported and replaced ahead of schedule by calling the 24-hour SDOT Dispatch line at (206) 386-1206. However, old and or faded Street Name signs will be replaced as scheduled.


Why the brown signs?

Federal regulations allow for only a few alternate colors on street name signs, including brown.  Brown is a sign color that normally designates cultural or recreational interest signs.  In Seattle, brown street name signs are used for: honorary street name signs, Parks Department roads, and Olmsted boulevards. On these roads, street name signs for the cross streets are being replaced using the standard green style.  If you have further questions about the brown street name signs on Parks Department roads or Olmsted boulevards, you can speak with Seattle Parks and Recreation Department at 206-684-7241, or view their website


How to Read a Street Name Sign

A Pedestrian symbol indicates a pedestrian facility.

A Bicycle symbol indicates a bicycle facility.

An Arrow symbol indicates that the street named on the sign is located where the arrow is pointing, and not on the other side.

Block numbers are the numbers located in the upper corner of a Street Name sign, and are a system of numbers used to distinguish addresses along a street. For example, a building located at 1234 Market Street is on the 1000 block of Market Street. If you are facing a Street Name sign, the block number you see indicates the addresses on the street in front of you, and not the street named on the sign.  Throughout the city the block numbers get larger as one travels away from the city center.

The city of Seattle is split up into sectors of NW, N, NE, W, central, E, SW, S. These sectors are reflected on the Street Name signs before or after the name of the street. With a few exceptions, Avenues run north to south and Streets run west to east. The adjacent maps show the sectors by Avenue and Street. It can be seen that the sectors are different for Avenues and Streets, which helps to narrow in which neighborhood an address is located.


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