Levy to Move Seattle

Updated: November 2022

What’s happening now?

We are pleased to present the Q3 2022 Levy to Move Seattle report. This report highlights our work from July through September 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.

Q3 highlights include:

Safe Routes

  • Completed work on Sand Point Way NE, consisting of new sidewalks, curb bulbs, crossings, and more, and made progress on Lake City Way and 23rd Ave E Vision Zero projects
  • Repaired 6 blocks of sidewalks and upgraded over 330 curb ramps throughout the city
  • Installed a new pedestrian signal near Roosevelt High School on 12th Ave NE and NE 67th St
  • Rebuilt the traffic signal at 6th Ave and University St, installed a new traffic signal at 1st Ave and Battery St, and installed two new signals as part of the 23rd Ave E project
  • Added protected bikes lanes on NE 40th St and SW Andover St, and a neighborhood greenway connecting the Interurban Trail, Viewlands Elementary School, and Carkeek Park
  • Completed one Neighborhood Street Fund project on Beacon Ave S

Maintenance and Repair

  • Repaved nearly 10 lane-miles and made 58 paving spot improvements
  • Completed design of two seismic retrofits: 15th Ave NE/NE 105th St bridge and McGraw St bridge
  • Repaired three stairways: W Dravus St between 9th and 10th Ave W; S Holgate St at 16th Ave S; and SW Findlay St between 37th and 38th Ave SW
  • Pruned 835 trees for visibility and safety throughout the city

Congestion Relief

  • Continued construction on three major transit corridor projects: Route 44, Route 7, and the Madison RapidRide G Line
  • Completed seven new crossing improvements across major streets throughout the city to improve safety for people walking and rolling
  • Continued construction on new sidewalks on Greenwood Ave N, on a new stairway on S Henderson St in Rainier Beach, and began sidewalk construction in South and West Seattle along S Henderson, SW Barton, and S Rose Streets
  • Restriped Diagonal Ave S from Duwamish Waterway to East Marginal Way S to improve freight movement
  • Completed four transit spot improvements throughout the city to make waiting for and riding the bus more comfortable and efficient
  • Added over 3 miles to our Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) network as part of the University of Washington Multimodal Integrated Corridor - Mobility for All (MICMA) project
  • Made four spot improvements to improve safety and visibility of people biking

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. Below are three short video tutorials showing how to use the Levy dashboard. 

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 May 15, August 15, and November 15 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 2015 Levy Ordinance and 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 are delivering on our commitments to voters outlined in the 2015 Levy Ordinance and the 2018 Updated Workplan Report.

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