The Levy to Move Seattle recently passed its first 100 days of implementing new projects that enhance transportation in Seattle. Through the levy, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has already completed dozens of safety, maintenance and congestion relief projects throughout the city.
“When Seattle voters approved these transportation investments last fall, they sent a clear message that they wanted to see our bridges and roads repaired, more transit options, and safer streets,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I am pleased with the progress we’ve made in the past three months on these first projects. As we move Seattle forward, we will continue to provide residents with accountability and transparency as we build a more interconnected and safe city for all.”
Approved by voters in the fall of 2015, the nine-year, $930 million levy provides roughly 30 percent of the City’s transportation budget and provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for our growing city.
“We supported the Levy to Move Seattle because it will provide increased access to transit and reliability,” said Shefali Ranganathan, Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition. “The transit-only lane in South Lake Union on Westlake and the improvements to bus stops near the new light rail station in the U District are already helping transit riders on a daily basis. I am happy to see both were prioritized for completion in the first 100 days and look forward to many more over the next nine years.”
A range of projects have been completed in the first 100 days of the Levy to Move Seattle.
- Safe Routes to School projects at seven schools: Mercer Middle School, South Shore K-8, Rainier Beach High School, Hazel Wolf Elementary, Salmon Bay K-8, BF Day Elementary, and Bryant Elementary
- Sidewalk repairs around six schools: Olympic Hills, Lowell, Bailey Gatzert, West Seattle, Leschi, and Franklin High School
- Rainier Avenue safety improvements
- Replacement of 500 street signs
- Center City Bike Network implementation – 2nd Ave Safety Project public outreach and design initiation
- Two pedestrian stairway rehabilitation projects
- 104 bridge structural repairs
- Magnolia Bridge expansion joint replacement project
- A pedestrian safety rail improvement project in SODO
- 30 trees planted on Renton Ave S
Congestion Relief Projects:
- South Lake Union bus stop improvements to support the Rapid Ride C & D lines
- Montlake Triangle bus stop improvements to support the new U-Link station
- Upgraded signals at California Avenue & Stevens, Fauntleroy Way & Myrtle St, and S Forest & 6th Ave S
- New traffic cameras for real-time traffic information and incident management at 23rd Ave & Rainier, Pacific St & 15th Ave NE, 15th Ave NE and Campus Pkwy, and 15th Ave NE and NE 45th St
- 196 new bicycle parking spaces
- Upgraded traffic signals on Second Avenue at University St.
“Better signals, signage, and sidewalks are among the many improvements delivered in the Move Seattle levy’s first one hundred days,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “My thanks to Seattle voters for providing these critical funds and to SDOT’s team for getting the work done.”
While the projects completed in the first 100 days are not comprehensive of all projects currently underway, they support SDOT’s mission to deliver a high-quality transportation system that is accessible, safe, and interconnected for all residents.
Additionally, Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council are convening a Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee. The resident-led group will review how levy revenues are spent, make recommendations on project priorities, and respond to potential project cost savings or overruns. The Mayor and City Council will announce appointments to the oversight committee by May of 2016.