SDOT completed nearly 2,300 miles of sidewalk with ‘Levy to Move Seattle’ program
It’s important to know where your tax dollars are going and Seattle’s Department of Transportation wants transparency. The Levy to Move Seattle program has repaired up to 225 blocks of damaged sidewalks in urban centers and villages.
Pavement Engineering Manager Elsa Tibbits tells KIRO NewsRadio, “we also completed over 1,000 sidewalk spot repairs per year, such as asphalt shims over cracks and uplifts over sidewalks.” She says that at the end of June, over 173 blocks of sidewalks have been repaired and over 62,000 sidewalk spot repairs have been fixed.
SDOT shared what they prioritized:
- The safety conditions of the sidewalk
- How the side is affecting people’s mobility
- How expensive it is to repair the sidewalk
- How heavily the sidewalk is used, based on its distance to schools, government and medical facilities, transit, etc.
- If they can partner with another project to complete the repair (such as replacing a sidewalk at the same time as they install new ramps in the same place)
- If the sidewalk repair is in a historically and currently disadvantaged neighborhood
- If the repair is an emergency for people to walk and roll
Tibbits wants to thank voters for approving the $930 million Levy to Move Seattle program, voted upon in November 2015, and wants everyone to know that they are working within budget and on time.
If you have a sidewalk in your neighborhood that needs fixing, visit the Levy to Move dashboard.