We just got the annual report, but now there’s an update for SDOT’s 1st quarter projects (full report here). Covid-19 looms over everything, but the agency spent only about 2/3 of its budget mostly because of more quotidian delays: weather, permitting, and finding unexpected stuff underground.

RapidRide G (SDOT)

There’s tons of data on safety, sidewalks, bike improvements, and so on, but let’s cut straight to the transit.

The big corridor projects are divided into “Vision Zero” (safety) projects, “Transit-Plus” speed and reliability improvements, Rapid Ride, and the Burke Gilman Missing Link. You may recall that in 2019 none of the two transit categories had started digging yet. That’s still the case, but RapidRide H (Delridge) is accepting bids and expects to accept a bit this quarter. RapidRide G has completed design and is now dancing with the FTA.

Beyond transit, Missing Link construction started.

SDOT’s highly successful transit spot improvements program was right on schedule, finishing 5 projects this quarter out of 20 planned for 2020. They were:

  • 8th Ave/James St rear door pad
  • 24th Ave E/E Dearborn St curb restrictions at bus zone
  • Lenora St, between 4th-6th Ave RapidRide bus zone improvement
  • Airport Way S/S Royal Brougham, intersection improvement
  • 15th Ave NW/NW 65th St bus zone safety improvement

The City also broke ground on the Northgate pedestrian bridge, and the Lander Street overpass continues to rise.

The plan is still to start construction on RR G and H this year, though obviously the pandemic has unpredicable impacts.

12 Replies to “Move Seattle’s 1st quarter”

  1. Why is the total 2019 carry-forward so large? Is this from over estimation on planned project costs or lack of progress or some combination of factors? IIRC, the 2018 carry-forward was like a third of this. Outside of the heavy rains we had in December of last year, it seems to me that we had a pretty good construction season weather-wise.

    1. Isn’t that just another way to say they poured a sidewalk in the ROW, most likely in the “planting strip” area between the curb and the walkway?

  2. Whew! Six PM and only three comments. The blog is as slow as SDOT today. Jes’ sayin’……

  3. Could be a little early, but think everybody knowledgeable who cares about transit can at least get started in conceiving a citizen-activist organization to spearhead the reconstruction.

    As much as possible, I want participation from the public schools, students and teachers alike. Ranging from preschool to Lake Washington Technical College certificate. Everything from politics and passenger relations, to hands-on mechanical advancements like designing improved quick-operating wheelchair supports and securements.

    South Seattle, Seattle Central and the rest? Plenty of innovation and implementation to go around. And since we’re talking IWW radical Joe Hill’s beloved Ballard in the aftermath of a disaster caused by Capitalist BOSSES, machine shop can design an Enforcement a mechanism so that nobody ever loses either their wheel CHAIR or their bike CHAIN.

    Mark Dublin

  4. I am so glad to finally see a pedestrian overpass at Northgate. Even before light rail was coming to that area, I used to walk from west of the community college area to Northgate. You could either walk south to 92nd or go north to Northgate Way. We used to cut through the business complex south of the McDonald’s. But the intersections by the freeway have always been poorly lit and very dangerous. Even as far back as in the 80’s when I first noticed it.

    Slow, overbudget, not as fancy as the original. Don’t care. Glad it is coming.

    1. Yeah, that thing is going to be great. I was hoping it would be built before the train gets here, but it doesn’t look like it. I think the two projects are tied together.

  5. I presume that “24th Ave E/E Dearborn St” is a typo. Is this somewhere on 24th Ave E in Montlake, or near 23rd Ave S & S Dearborn St in the CD?

  6. 15th Ave NW/NW 65th St bus zone safety improvement.

    What exactly is this? There’s also no mention of it in any of the SDOT documents other than that sentence posted in the summary.

    I live pretty close to this stop and used this stop occasionally in the before days. I probably haven’t been by here in a week, but I don’t recall seeing any improvements here.

  7. Perhaps they mean the safety improvements to the RR stop at this location. It’s listed as issue #11 on King County Metro’s Annual Hot Spot Improvement Report for 2019. I can’t provide a link so you’ll need to google it. SDOT partnered on that project. Just a thought.

    Btw….

    “in the before days.”

    Interesting phrasing. Reminds me of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”. I think I will borrow that from you. It’s a lot easier than writing “in the pre-Covid-19 period” each time. (I’ll be sure to give you full credit if anyone asks.)

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