Sidewalk Development Program

Sidewalks are the building blocks of an effective pedestrian network. There are currently more than 2,000 miles of sidewalks in Seattle, yet many areas in the city do not have sidewalks at all.

SDOT is committed to increasing the number of sidewalks in the city. The Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015, helps fund sidewalk maintenance and improvement projects. In addition to local funds, we also look for state or federal grants to build sidewalks.

Where are SDOT’s current sidewalk projects?

Where has SDOT built sidewalks in the past few years?

  • To improve accessibility, safety, and comfort for all travelers, and as recommended in the Southeast Transportation Study (SETS), we built new sidewalk in the following locations in North Beacon Hill:
    • 23rd Ave S between S Waite St & S College St
    • S College St between 23rd Ave S & Rainier Ave S
      Sidewalk construction
  • As recommended by community plans in the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project and to expand the sidewalk network in northeast Seattle, we built sidewalk in the following locations:
    • Lake City Way between NE 104th Way and 24th Ave NE
    • 24th Ave NE from Lake City Way NE to 350’ north
      Sidwalk 24th looking east After
  • We also built new sidewalk in the following locations:
    • Beacon Ave S between Holgate Bridge and 14th Ave S
      Beacon Hill Sidewalk
    • 30th Ave NE and NE Blakeley St
      wider sidewalk
    • Greenwood Ave N between N 90th St and N 105th St (east side)
      Greenwood Sidewalk After

Will SDOT build new sidewalks in my neighborhood? 

Given available funding for sidewalk projects, which allows for approximately 25 blocks of sidewalks each year, and the fact that 28% of Seattle streets (45,00 blocks) are missing sidewalks, completing the sidewalk network will be a very gradual process. Seattle's Pedestrian Master Plan identifies a Priority Investment Network that we use to make the difficult choice about where to focus our new sidewalk investments. The network includes streets with high traffic volume with multiple destinations to walk, as well as streets with frequent transit service and streets within a quarter mile of public schools.