News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood

 

Contstruction starts today on N. 34th Street

July 18th, 2011 by master

We received this notice from the Seattle Department of Transporation:

The Seattle Department of Transportation is paving N 34th Street from Fremont Avenue N to Stone Way N. Beginning Monday, July 18th crews will be repairing the roadway’s underlying base layer, sidewalks and curbs in preparation for final paving in late July.

During this work one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on N 34th Street. There will be parking and loading restrictions in the work zone as well as periodic cross-street and driveway interruptions.

Drivers should expect increased truck activity, reduced speeds and flaggers periodically stopping traffic. Please use caution and expect some delays.

More information on this project can be found here.

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City launches map for pothole status

February 3rd, 2011 by master

Tracking the progress of your favorite local potholes just got easier. The Seattle Department of Transportation has launched a Pothole Status Map, where you can see all the city’s potholes that have been reported and the ones that have been filled since March 15, 2010.

The SDOT webpage about Seattle’s street pits said that crews called “pothole rangers” filled 2,584 potholes in December 2010.

Don’t see your pet pothole on the map? Use this form to report potholes and other non-emergency problems (minor street repairs, malfunctioning traffic signals,  damaged street signs) to SDOT.

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Got potholes? Report them to the city

December 30th, 2010 by master

In the spring, Seattle’s rain encourages blooms and beauty, but in the winter that wetness brings on the season of potholes. Is it our imagination, or are the hazardous holes particularly prolific this year?

If you see a pothole, be sure to report it to the city, either online or by phone (684-ROAD). The “Pothole Rangers” should be out to fix it soon, but keep in mind they’re very busy, as KING-5 reported a couple of weeks ago.

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SDOT releases snow priority route map

November 2nd, 2010 by master

Ever wonder why SDOT plows some streets during a snow storm and not others? Each year, the city releases a map detailing which streets will get level one priority (achieve bare and wet pavement on all lanes), level two priority (achieve bare and wet pavement on one lane in each direction), and level three (curves, hills and stopping zones treated). The goal is to keep major arterials and bus routes clear, but that means most residential streets won’t see a plow.

Seattle under a blanket of snow in December 2008

Around Wallingford,  Stone Way, 45th, 5oth, and Latona are all level two streets.  Wallingford Ave is level three.  You can check out the citywide map or take a look at the map for Wallingford.

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SDOT to fix "lake" on Burke-Gilman Trail

October 26th, 2010 by master

Cyclists know that in a decent rain, like the ones we’ve has recently, a “lake” forms where the trail crosses Meridian Ave. N., in front of Urban Surf. Publicola recently ran a story on the problem.

We stopped by the area yesterday and talked to Seattle Department of Transportation’s North End Asphalt Crew Chief, Steve Hoyos. He told us that cyclists and pedestrians won’t need to wait long for the dip in the trail to be fixed; if he gets a traffic control plan this week, work should start on Monday, November 1.

SDOT will divert people off the trail (bikes will go to Northlake Way via a temporary asphalt trail, pedestrians will be directed up to N. Pacific/N. 34th St.), and the project should be complete in a couple of weeks. Hoyos estimated 10 working days to dig out concrete, pour new concrete and put asphalt on that. “The work’s not that big a deal — it’s the rerouting that’s a big deal,” he said.

Signage will be up shortly to warn cyclists and pedestrians of the impending detours.

Thanks to Robby Delaware for the tip!

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