While talk of defunding the police department has drowned out all other budget news, there’s plenty of fiscal pain to go around as a result of decreased city tax revenues due to Covid 19. We learned recently that SDOT will be reining in some of their work here in our neighborhood:
As of today, the City of Seattle and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) are putting a pause on many of our transportation projects, including the N 40th St spot bicycle improvements. While this part of the project is on pause, the remaining construction for the paving and bicycle improvements for the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving and Multi-Modal Improvements Project will continue.
I emailed SDOT to inquire as to what these “spot bicycle improvements” are, but haven’t heard back. I presume they are things such as improved street crossings. (The proposed bike lane was ruled out quite some time ago.)
On the upside for bicyclists, the city announced that four miles of streets in our neighborhood will become part of the Stay Healthy Street system, a network of over 20 miles of streets in the city that are temporarily closed to vehicle traffic to help residents more easily exercise while maintaining a social distance. (Residents needing to get into their homes by car, folks making deliveries, etc. are allowed access to these otherwise closed areas.) The streets to be closed are parts of 44th and 43rd which are now part of a Neighborhood Greenway. As of Friday, I hadn’t seen any closure signs, but the announcement says to expect it to occur “over the next week.”