Making The 8 Less L8! | Today – 8/28

One of the busiest stretches of Denny Way, eastbound from Fairview Ave E to Stewart St, is about to get a new transit-only lane—dedicated to moving many people efficiently. The project is part of a larger effort to address the historically late King County Metro Route 8, which serves an estimated 10,000 riders per weekday.

Diagram of new Denny Way configuration, Fairview Ave to Stewart St.


Work starts this afternoon, August 24, to transform one underutilized westbound lane of Denny Way for eastbound general-purpose traffic to Capitol Hill and dedicating the middle eastbound lane of the resulting three, to mass transit around the biggest single bottleneck that Route 8 experiences. The area is already bordered by construction projects, so crews can sometimes use will use the existing lane closures.


Route 8 currently runs 6 buses an hour per direction in peak periods. Separating the lane of cars turning right onto Yale to get to I-5 is expected to reduce lane merging friction and reduce congestion headed east on Denny Way to Capitol Hill.


Route 8 WB on Denny Way, at Aurora | Image by Cait Sith Productions, Caitsith810 – YouTube


Comprehensive and coordinated planning over the last four years has focused on better reliability for this key route in this location, and on sections of Route 8 in Lower Queen Anne, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. Besides enhanced Route 8 reliability, the change is also expected to benefit riders by:

  • Keeping more buses running on time, which in turn…
  • Reducing bus-bunching (jamming up at a bus stop);
  • Reducing wait times at important transfer locations (e.g. Capitol Hill Link); and
  • Making transit a more attractive travel option for crosstown travel in some of Seattle’s densest neighborhoods.


Capacity for mobility is critical, as Seattle growth continues, from 608,660 people in 2010 to more than nearly 730,000 in 2018 (click chart image for more details).

Seattle population growth chart |


Much of the employment growth in downtown Seattle since the recession has been in South Lake Union, and Route 8 is a crucial connection for residents to access jobs, cultural destinations, and housing in central Seattle.


Crush loads…

The seated capacity of Metro’s 60-ft articulated coaches is 56 passengers, with a so-called ‘crush load’ equating to about 90- riders. As Route 8 riders likely know, crush loads are frequent during afternoon peak periods on this section of Denny, as are long wait times. Speeding up bus travel also provides operational savings to Metro and City-funded bus service.



The new bus lane is one piece of a set of improvements intended to enhance Route 8 speed and reliability. Although the changes are not expected to completely solve the reliability problems currently experienced on Route 8, together they should offer noticeable improvement.

Denny Substation Project, Aug 23, 2018 | Image by Seattle City Light | | John St on left; Denny Way on right.


Originally expected to be installed last year, we accommodated Denny Substation construction needs and are now implementing the design. The reconfiguration project is expected to finish Tuesday, August 28.


What you can expect:

This afternoon crews begin placing and bagging (until project completion) new signage between Fairview and Stewart.

Beginning at 7 AM Saturday, August 25, the team will hydro-blast (weather & equipment dependent) the street surface to remove existing street configuration markings; and then paint the new lines.

The moving operation will create additional, temporary lane closures through Saturday afternoon. Work is scheduled again Monday and Tuesday, 9 AM – 3 PM, to complete the project.


August 24, Friday | Noon – 3 PM | Closures
Crews need 1 – 2 rolling lane closures, and at times may be able to use those already in place for construction on both sides of Denny Way.


August 25, Saturday | 7 AM – 3 PM | Closures
As crews progress with mobile operations, there will be 1 – 2 rolling lane closures.


Monday August 27 and Tuesday, August 28 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Closures
Expect rolling lane closures during work hours, to finish project.


Thank you for your patience during this mobile operation!


Contact us!

Email us at or call 206-684-ROAD (7623). Information subject to change. 

Officers Use Naloxone to Revive Man Downtown

Officers revived a man suffering from an overdose after they found him unconscious on the sidewalk on 5th Avenue, encircled by concerned bystanders.

West Precinct bike officers James Kellett, Jason Drummond and Joshua Goodwin were riding through the 1400 block of 5th Avenue shortly after noon on Tuesday when they were flagged down by a group of people, who were standing around the man.

The man’s skin and lips had turned blue, his breathing was shallow, and he was unresponsive.

Officers found a likely injection site on his arm and gave him a dose of nasal naloxone.

About 12 minutes later, the man regained consciousness.

As EMTs loaded the man into an ambulance, he apologized to officers for overdosing and said he had been clean for 50 days, but relapsed earlier that day after some troubling events in his life.

Seattle Police have successfully used Naloxone more than 20 times since they began carrying it in mid-March 2016. This case will become part of the ongoing study conducted by the University of Washington into SPD’s use of Naloxone for a possible department-wide deployment.

As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.


Expansion joint repair today | Magnolia Bridge

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Bridge expansion joint example.

Roadway Structures crews are working on the Magnolia Bridge today, repairing one of its many expansion joints. Expansion joints absorb vibration and allow structures the mobility to expand/contract/move with temperature changes, as well as ground movement.


What you can expect:

Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 9 AM – 3 PM

Closure | One WB lane closed during working hours.


Contact us!

If you have questions about this work, email us at or call 206-684-ROAD (7623). Information subject to change.


Thank you for your understanding!


Deputy Chief Chris Fowler retiring from SPD to join the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

I would like to announce the retirement of Deputy Chief of Police Chris Fowler and thank him for his outstanding contributions and 26 years of service to this City, and for helping to make the Seattle Police Department a national model for reform and constitutional policing.

“Throughout my 26 years with the SPD, I have had the honor and privilege of working with incredibly dedicated professionals. The City of Seattle is fortunate to have a police department that is deeply committed to serving an amazing city and community. I want to thank those outstanding leaders that I have worked with throughout the years, especially Chief Best. She offered me a unique opportunity to continue my service to the department and the community as Deputy Chief,” said Deputy Chief Fowler.

I will not only miss his steady leadership but his calm demeanor and sense of humor, even under the most intense moments. Over the years I’ve seen Deputy Chief Fowler rise through the ranks to oversee Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations and Homeland Security Bureaus.

He has made an indelible impression on our Department no matter where he served whether it was as Captain in Special Operations, Captain of the West Precinct, patrol officer, bicycle officer, Anti-Crime Team officer, Narcotics detective, Patrol Sergeant, SWAT Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Detective Lieutenant in the Sexual Assault unit. Deputy Chief Fowler has served as Incident Commander for many of the city’s largest public events, including May Day, ensuring the exercise of civil liberties and the protection of life and property.

Deputy Chief Fowler was an essential element of the team working with the Department of Justice on the consent decree, and a key team member in the collaboration with community stakeholders, prosecutors, public defenders, and other law enforcement to develop the now national Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, which works to divert low-level offenders addicted to drugs to treatment.

Deputy Chief Fowler is not only a dedicated public servant at the local level, but also proudly served our country. He recently retired as a Brigadier General with the Washington Army National Guard, where he was responsible for the command of over 6,000 Army Guard soldiers.

Join me in congratulating Deputy Chief Chris Fowler on his future endeavors we wish him all the best.

“We are incredibly excited to have Chris Fowler on the academy leadership team where his knowledge and skills will benefit police training statewide,” said Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center Executive Director Sue Rahr.

While Deputy Chief Fowler will officially retire from SPD on September 30, 2018, he won’t be idle for long. I’m grateful that he’ll be shaping the next generation of law enforcement leaders in his new role as the Deputy Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Thank you, Deputy Chief Fowler, for your service to SPD, Seattle and our country.

Coming to W Seattle Bridge & Aurora: Wet Paint

If you’re able, plan to avoid driving on the upper West Seattle Bridge in the wee hours, next Tuesday/Wednesday. Starting at 1 AM and wrapping before 7 AM August 29, our paint trucks will be in action. It’s a moving operation, so no closures involved; instead two paint trucks and back-up follow trucks will help precisely place the wet paint.


NOTE: It’s illegal to cross the newly placed lines!

Our crews will also be lining up Aurora (SR 99) next Thursday/Friday, overnight, from E Marginal Way near the Boeing Access Road, all the way up to the City line at NE 145th St. That striping work starts at midnight August 30, and concludes before 7 AM, August 31.


Again, if possible, avoid driving in these areas overnight, next Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday/Friday. That will go a long way in reducing paint tracking and maintaining clear markings!


FYI, the work is weather dependent—water colors just don’t have the same staying power.