Levy to Move Seattle

Updated: May 2022

What’s happening now?

We are pleased to present the Q1 2022 Levy to Move Seattle Report. This report highlights our work from January to March 2022 that was funded by your tax dollars through the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle. During this time, we expanded our bike network, made bridges safer, planted more trees, improved some of our busiest streets, and more with your Levy dollars.

The intersection of NE 65th St and Brooklyn Ave NE, which was improved as part of the NE 65th St Pedestrian Safety Enhancements Project, a Neighborhood Street Fund project. Photo Credit: SDOT

The intersection of NE 65th St and Brooklyn Ave NE, which was improved as part of the NE 65th St Pedestrian Safety Enhancements Project, a Neighborhood Street Fund project. Photo Credit: SDOT.

Q1 highlights include:

  • Basic Maintenance: Our basic maintenance work benefits people traveling by all modes. We completed 12 crossing improvements, 20 paving spot improvements, nine transit spot improvements, and over 7,200 sidewalk spot improvements, including placing asphalt shims over cracks and uplifts on sidewalks, beveling the sidewalk to create a flush surface, and curb repair, to make sidewalks accessible and safe.
  • Vision Zero: We made progress on safety corridor projects on Lake City Way, Sand Point Way NE, and 15th Ave S. This included installing a new signal at NE 74th St and Sand Point Way NE – a change that improves pedestrian safety on this busy street.
  • Safe Routes to School: We completed three Safe Routes to School projects. One of these is a new pedestrian railing on S Cloverdale St under the SR 99 overpass. This provides a buffer between the sidewalk and travel lane, to serve Concord Elementary School students where people typically travel between school and the South Park library and community center.
  • Bicycle Safety: We expanded our bike network by a total of about three-quarters of a mile of new protected bike lanes (PBLs). These PBLs are located on 1st Ave N & Queen Anne Ave N, as well as 1st Ave & Broad St, and support mobility around the new Climate Pledge Arena and Uptown neighborhood.
  • Traffic Signals: Our work on traffic signals and signage makes a big difference for people walking, rolling, biking, taking transit, traveling by car, and delivering goods and services. Some recent examples include an all-way stop at College Way N & N 100th St in North Seattle. This improvement supports safety and predictability for people traveling across all modes through this intersection, including people traveling to the John Lewis Memorial Bridge and nearby bike routes. Nearby, a new traffic signal at Roosevelt Ave NE and NE 103rd St improves crossing safety on the Northgate Neighborhood Greenway. Throughout Seattle, we have been revising pedestrian signal timing to give people more time to cross the street, and in Q1 we did so at five signals on Rainier Ave S from S Jackson St to S Charles St. We also performed preventative maintenance on 220 signals around the city to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
  • Paving & Multimodal Improvements: We have completed major construction on Delridge Way SW and we continue to coordinate in partnership with King County Metro as they complete the remaining portions of the Delridge RapidRide H Line. We began this project back in 2020, and it results in improvements for people using all modes of transportation. These include new bus lanes to support the future RapidRide H Line, 10 lane-miles of repaved streets, medians with landscaping and vegetation, new public art, crosswalk improvements, a new protected bike lane, and upgraded Neighborhood Greenway connections.
  • Bridge Seismic Program: We completed the SW Andover St Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge seismic retrofit to make the bridge safer in the event of an earthquake.
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS): We added 2.25 miles to our ITS network: 1.25 miles on 3rd Ave from Yesler Way to Wall St and 1 mile on 4th Ave from Jefferson St to Stewart St. This is part of our Network Resiliency Project, which is focused on creating faster, reliable, and more centralized traffic signals throughout the city that are stable and secure during unexpected disruptions.

Thank you, Levy Oversight Committee

Our commitment to transparency and accountability includes working closely with the Levy Oversight Committee. SDOT appreciates the time and service the Committee’s volunteers dedicate to Levy oversight. 

The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

Background

Approved by voters in November 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

The levy provides roughly 30% of the City's transportation budget and replaces the 9-year, $365 million Bridging the Gap levy approved by voters in 2006.

The levy aims to take care of the basics, while also investing in the future with improvements to move more people and goods in and around a growing Seattle. An oversight committee made up of Seattle residents, appointed by the Mayor and City Council, will monitor levy expenses and revenues, review program and project priorities, and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on how to spend levy proceeds.

Keeping track of Levy progress

SDOT is committed to clear and transparent reporting on transportation projects funded in part or in full by the Levy to Move Seattle. Levy reports are important tools for the Oversight Committee and general public to monitor Levy progress. The new Levy dashboard further increases transparency and accountability.

Early each year, we identify Planned Accomplishments and Spend Plan for that year and report our progress against those goals through quarterly reports published on April 30, July 30, and October 30 each year. Annual reports are published March 30 of the following year and illustrate overall Levy progress. These reports help keep us accountable to the Updated Workplan Report (published November 2018).

All Levy reports and other documents can be found on the materials page. 

Delivering our 9-year commitments

We published an Updated Workplan Report in November 2018 and expect to share a Portfolio Status Update in the next year to forecast the delivery plan for the remaining years of the Levy, including program delivery strategies and a funding outlook. 

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