Investing in Seattle's Transportation Infrastructure
Updated May 22, 2006
The Seattle Department of Transportation conducted five city-wide open house meetings during March and April of 2006. The open houses were held at the following dates and locations:
- Thursday, March 16 at Garfield Community Center (Central)
- Monday, March 20 at New Holly's Gathering Hall (SE)
- Tuesday, March 28 at Olympic View Elementary School (NE)
- Wednesday, March 29 at West Seattle High School (SW)
- Tuesday, April 4 at Ballard High School (NW)
The open houses included statements from the Mayor's office, City Councilmembers, Citizens' Review Panel representatives and a formal presentation regarding the condition of our transportation infrastructure. Attendees were also provided materials and information regarding our aging transportation system, it's condition and need for additional transportation funding. The meetings were staffed by many of SDOT's leadership who answered questions and spoke with citizens about their transportation priorities. Over 500 citizens attended the five open house meetings.
Seattle's transportation system is an asset. Every day, hundreds of thousands of us walk along sidewalks, drive on City streets, cross bridges, obey traffic signals and enjoy bike paths.
A healthy transportation system benefits all of us. It allows us to easily get to the places we live, work and play; improves public safety, neighborhood livability and strengthens our economy.
Seattle is at a critical juncture. We cannot build a first rate city on a second rate transportation system. We are falling dangerously behind in maintaining city streets, bridges and other critical pieces of our transportation infrastructure. Presently, there is a maintenance backlog of over $500 million dollars. If transportation funding continues at current levels the maintenance backlog will double in the next 15 to 20 years.
On May 22nd, Mayor Nickels introduced his proposal to "Bridge the Gap" and fix our transportation systems. To learn more about the Mayor's proposal and how it will benefit you, click here.