SDOT Sidewalk Condition Assessment Project
This summer, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is conducting a condition survey of Seattle's sidewalks. We have over 34,000 blocks of sidewalks totaling just over 2,300 miles. This effort builds on our existing sidewalk inventory data to include a sidewalk condition score based on the current conditions of the sidewalk. Starting in late-May 2017, you will see SDOT interns in your neighborhood using levels, tape measures, and tablets to collect this condition data.
When you see our interns, wave and let them know you support their efforts. We ask that you contact our office via e-mail SDOTAssets@seattle.gov or phone (206-256-5178) with any questions on this project. With over 2,300 miles to cover by Fall, we'd like to keep our interns engaged with the assessment.
Property owners and occupants are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks adjacent to their property. This includes clearing the sidewalk of snow, vegetation, gravel, and moss to provide a clear walking path for pedestrians that is at least 36 inches wide by 80 inches high.
In advance of SDOT's data collection, you can help our efforts by:
Make it a fun activity by organizing a neighborhood sidewalk cleaning party.
If you need to complete more significant repairs involving construction, refer to SDOT's Client Assistance Memo 2208, which covers property owner responsibilities and how to obtain a sidewalk repair permit.
Age-Friendly Seattle Resolution 31739 identified ways to involve older adults in both design and validation of the sidewalk condition assessment. In the coming months, we'll provide outreach opportunities with community members to help us validate sidewalk condition information. This outreach will include interactive neighborhood-based web maps that will allow people to see where sidewalk conditions will or have been assessed and provide us feedback. We want our online mapping tools and summer data collection to benefit all communities in Seattle. Check back here later in the summer to let us know if we got the conditions right.
For more information on Seattle's Sidewalk Repair Program, visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/sidewalkrepair.htm.
SDOT's original sidewalk inventory, collected in 2007, included a partial condition assessment of 25% of sidewalks in urban villages. Since then, an additional 5% of the city's sidewalk conditions have been updated in the inventory due to new private and public construction.
The goal of this project is to collect detailed condition information about our sidewalks. This means locating cracks, uplifts, and obstructions on the city's sidewalks and then assigning an overall condition rating (i.e., good, fair, poor) based on the data collected for this project. This rating will be used to inform repair and replacement prioritization efforts and to design a more proactive inspection program for our sidewalks. We will collect and verify data using the following terms:
After we finish the field survey, we'll identify ways to improve our sidewalk conditions. These recommendations will include:
For more information about the Transportation Asset Status and Condition Report and the department's Asset & Performance Management program, see: www.seattle.gov/transportation/assetmanagement.htm.
If you have any concerns about the condition of the sidewalks in your area, like an uplift potentially caused by tree, there are three ways to report: