If you live around 40th between, say, Wallingford and Eastern, you have probably noticed lots and lots of painted marks on the street, sidewalks and even grass. I emailed SDOT to see if that is their handiwork, and I’ll write a post with whatever I find out.
In the meantime, I thought I’d query the readership. Anyone know what’s going on?
You’re talking about all those mysterious 4-digit numbers? I remember reading about those here on WH, a few months ago, when they first showed up; the info then was that they had to do with some work that was going to be performed on some faraway date like 2019.
I look forward to learning more.
No, not numbers exclusively. (I have photos, and should have linked to them, but they aren’t with me now.) There are some blue lines at the edges of streets as if marking off where parking spaces will one day go. And then there are parallel, narrowly separted lines that start on the street and sometimes go up on the grass as if indicating where pipes will be run underground. And then there are storm drains with lots of arrows pointing toward them and some letters and numbers.
Well, I haven’t seen these yet.
When our ground was recently ‘graffitied’, signalling our impending ouster and the death knell of yet another Seattle institution, the colors went like this: orange, H2O & sewer; blue, gas; red, electrical (U-dist is all underground electrical). This graffiti was to support the soil sample drill rig, whose crew had their own set indecipherable graffiti.
Those are “locate” lines. They show where water lines, gas lines, sewers, etc. are located so the folks who dig things up won’t break them. Each color is for a different type of supply/waste line.
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