Help Evaluate SDOT’s Participation in the MUP Process

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Development Review Program has been providing comprehensive early design guidance over the last year.  Our goal is to better integrate private development and the city’s right-of-way priorities. We want to improve service through consistent direction, a single SDOT contact throughout the Master Use Permit (MUP) process, and relevant, up-to-date information on SDOT rules, plans, and policies.

Over the last year, we’ve revised the Preliminary Assessment Report (PAR), attended Early Design Guidance pre-submittal conferences, and coordinated with the design review board. In the second phase, SDOT staff will follow the project through the remaining Master Use Permit phases, including SEPA analysis and MUP approval.

We need your help to evaluate our progress to date and improve it moving forward. Please take our survey. Thanks for your help!

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Mayor Murray, Port of Seattle and SODO business leaders celebrate funding milestone for Lander Street bridge

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Mayor Ed Murray, Port Commissioner John Creighton and SODO business leaders announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that directs up to $10 million from the Port of Seattle towards completing the South Lander Street bridge project and $5 million towards solutions for a broader approach to ease traffic and improve safety on major freight and transit corridors throughout Seattle. The South Lander Street bridge is a critical project serving one of the busiest and most high-risk rail crossings in the country. The project is estimated to cost $123 million, funded through commitments from federal, state, and local partners. Last fall, the project was awarded a $45 million federal grant thanks to the advocacy of Senator Cantwell.

“Washington state loses millions of dollars in economic activity because of train, truck, and urban traffic congestion –at Lander Street alone. By moving freight faster, we can fuel our export economy and create good paying jobs,” said Senator Cantwell. “I’m proud to have helped secure the $45 million from the FASTLANE grant program which I championed in the FAST Act in 2015. I will continue fighting to fix our infrastructure to build strong economic growth and make our country more economically competitive.”

 “The City of Seattle, the Port of Seattle, the state of Washington, and federal leaders like United States Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell all came together around this vital infrastructure project because we are all committed to building a thriving, 21st Century economy that channels our booming $38 billon maritime industry,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I’ve worked on this project dating back to my time in the state legislature, to support our industrial and maritime economy. Our shared economic values of mobility, safety, living wage jobs, and a clean environment all aligned around this bridge to the future.”

 “The Safe and Swift Corridor Program will create efficiency for freight, and continue the safe movement of cargo through our gateway,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton.  “This partnership will improve transportation for commuters, truckers, buses and bicyclists in these critical corridors.”

South Lander Street is an essential east-west corridor serving Port of Seattle freight, King County Metro buses, bicyclists, commuters and pedestrians. The corridor is closed for more than 4.5 hours daily due to rail traffic, impacting approximately 13,000 vehicles.

 The corridor is considered one of the most high-risk rail crossings in the state.  Since 2011, three fatalities have occurred between trains and pedestrians at the South Lander Street crossing and an average of 485 track violations occur daily as cars, pedestrians and bicycles cross the tracks when the safety gates are deployed.  The new four-lane bridge will provide safe connections for 1,400 pedestrians daily, primarily traversing between the SODO light rail station and area employers. This project will remove all at-grade access to the tracks at that location, improving safety for all.

The project is scheduled to break ground in early 2018.  For the latest updates on the South Lander Street project, click here.




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System Reliability Work on Spokane Street Viaduct to Start on July 14

Seattle City Light crews plan to improve electrical system reliability by pulling new wire over the top of the Spokane Street Viaduct near 2nd Avenue South.

To work safely, traffic will be reduced to one lane and the speed limit dropped to 25 mph in both the east and west bound directions of the Spokane Street Viaduct between 1st Avenue South and 6th Avenue South. See the work zone map below. Work will occur on Friday, July, 14 and Saturday, July, 15 if necessary.

Drivers should expect slowdowns during this time.

Lane reduction details:

The nights of Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 (if needed)

  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane and speed limits dropped to 25 mph in both directions from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Washington State Patrol and extra City Light equipment will be positioned in the work zone to promote safety.
  • Access to 1st Avenue South and 4th Avenue South ramps will be maintained.

The newly installed electrical wire will improve system reliability and add capacity to the South of Downtown (SoDo) area.

Map of construction work area on the West Seattle Bridge.


Seattle City Light Completes Streetlight Repairs in First Hill

This past May, Seattle City Light crews completed temporary repairs on several failed streetlights in the First Hill neighborhood.

Crews completed these streetlight repairs during the week of May 21, 2017.

The failed streetlights were caused by multiple system failures and aging electrical infrastructure. To temporarily restore power to the streetlights, City Light crews connected overhead cables from Terry Avenue and Madison Street towards Boren and 9th avenues.

The repairs will be an improvement in safety for roadway and pedestrian travel through the First Hill neighborhood.

In 2018, Seattle City Light will return to First Hill to permanently replace fix the aging streetlight system, as part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Madison Busway Rapid Transit (BRT) project. City Light is committed to making these improvements to improve the electrical reliability for the neighborhood’s streetlight system.

City Light appreciates the patience of its customers during the construction for this project.

For more information about this project and others in your neighborhood, please visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.

City of Seattle to Host Community Open House in South Lake Union

South Lake Union residents, employees and businesses are invited to a community open house and informational meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Avenue North. This event is hosted by the South Lake Union Community Council and the City of Seattle.

From 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., various city departments will share information about their projects and programs that will affect the South Lake Union neighborhood.

  • SDOT will present information on changes they’re making to signal timing along Mercer; connecting the new Westlake Protected Bike Lane to the neighborhood and downtown along 9th Ave N to 7th Ave and Bell Street; upgrading bus service to the University District; extending the SLU Streetcar line to downtown; managing on-street
    parking and loading; and replacing the last timber-supported bridge in Seattle, the Fairview Ave N Bridge
  • The Office of Planning and Community Development will explain its Open Space Plan
  • Seattle City Light will explain its Advanced Metering program and the construction impacts of the Denny Substation Project
  • Seattle Public Utilities will have information about recycling and food waste collection for apartment residents
  • The Office of Housing will explain various affordable housing programs, including Mandatory Housing Affordability
  • There will be information about the city’s Democracy Voucher program

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Seattle City Light will also host a community information meeting about the possible sale of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street.

Aerial view of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street

The utility is considering selling or transferring the property for full market value. There will be representatives from various City departments there to answer questions about the proposal.

For more information on the 800 Aloha Street property, please visit