Stairway Maintenance Program

Last updated: April 13, 2018

What's happening now?

2018 construction underway
Crews have started construction on the 2018 stairway projects! There are currently 12 stairways across the city prioritized to be improved in 2018.

Thank you for taking the 2018 stairway survey

Here are some key takeaways:

  • Respondents mainly use the stairways for exercise and recreation or to get to transit and parks
  • Most respondents find flyers posted at the stairway the best way to get information, followed by email and neighborhood blogs
  • Respondents requested even steps, vegetation removal, and garbage cleanup

If you have questions or comments about the planned 2018 stairway improvements, please contact Greg Funk at greg.funk@seattle.gov or 206-733-9657.


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Program overview

SDOT owns more that 500 stairways across the city

Seattle is hilly! That’s why we have stairways connecting streets throughout our neighborhoods.

To keep our stairways safe and accessible, SDOT inspects the condition of each public stairway across the city and identifies repairs. Repairs range from replacing the handrails to replacing the stairway altogether.

Current projects

SDOT is repairing/rebuilding stairways at the following locations:

LocationMaterialsType of WorkStatus
SW Director St & Fauntleroy Way SW

Construction notice

Current stairway

Stairway reconstruction, new handrail Stairway construction is complete
California Ave SW & SW Willow St

Construction notice

Current stairway

Stairway reconstruction Stairway construction is complete
S Lane St between 35th Ave S & Lake Washington Blvd S

Construction notice

Current stairway

Stairway reconstruction Stairway construction is complete
S Horton St between Cascadia Ave S and Sierra Dr S

Construction notice

Current stairway

Stairway reconstruction Construction expected to being March 12 and continue through mid-May
N 88th St & Meridian Ave N

Construction notice

Current stairway

Stairway reconstruction Construction expected to begin April 13 and continue through June
SW Hill St between 42nd Ave SW & California Ave SW Current stairway Stairway reconstruction Construction expected to begin late April
SW Holly St & Beveridge Pl SW Current stairway Resetting stairs and upgrading handrail Construction expected to begin mid-June
NE 98th St and 20th Ave NE Current stairway Replacement of timber stairway near the bridge Construction expected to begin mid-July
Raye St & 5th Ave N Current stairway Stairway reconstruction Construction expected to begin mid-August
W Lynn St & Thorndyke Ave W Current stairway Stairway reconstruction Construction expected to begin late-August
W Eaton St between 30th Ave W & Magnolia Blvd W Current stairway Cleaning stairway and replacing handrail Stairway work is complete
W Dravus St between 36th Ave W & 37th Ave W Current stairway Cleaning stairway and replacing handrail Schedule to be determined

FAQs about stairway maintenance

  1. How long does it take to rebuild a stairway?
    • Rebuilding a stairway generally takes about 2 months to complete. That work includes clearing the adjacent vegetation, demolishing the old stairway, pouring new concrete, and fabricating and installing new handrails.

    • Some projects take longer for various reasons. Projects that include retaining walls – to prevent landslides – take more time to build. Also, SDOT’s stairway crews are the same crews that complete emergency maintenance work around the city, so sometimes the work schedule needs to be adjusted so crews can complete emergency work.
  2. Can I use the stairway while it’s being rebuilt?
    • Usually we need to close the stairways as we’re reconstructing them to allow space to demolish the stairway and rebuild a new one. We post detour maps at the top and bottom of the stairway so people know of nearby options.

    • If we’re doing smaller maintenance work, like replacing a handrail, we’re usually able to keep the stairway open. In general, crews work to keep the stairways open as much as possible.
  3. How do you inform neighbors of stairway work?
    • We work to inform neighbors of stairway work in various ways including:
      • Notifying neighbors through local blogs
      • Posting notices at the top and bottom of the stairway before work starts
      • Delivering notices to neighbors adjacent to the stairways as well as nearby community centers, libraries, and neighborhood bulletin boards
      • Updating this webpage with the latest status on each stairway

Funding

SDOT's Stairway Maintenance Program is funded through SDOT's Operations and Maintenance budget and the Levy to Move Seattle. Approved by voters in 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

Contact information

If you have questions or comments about SDOT’s Stairway Maintenance Program, please contact:

Greg Funk
greg.funk@seattle.gov
206-733-9657