Levy to Move Seattle

Updated: July 2022

What’s happening now?

We are pleased to present the Q2 2022 Levy to Move Seattle Report. This report highlights our work from April through June 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.

Q2 highlights include:

  • Basic Maintenance: We repainted more than 1,100 crosswalks, repaired a total of 5.5 blocks of sidewalks, planted 31 trees and maintained landscaping for safety and visibility. We also completed many spot improvements to benefit people traveling on transit, walking, driving, biking, and transporting freight. For example, we supported freight movement by adding overhead signage on S Spokane St from SW Chelan St to East Marginal Way S. This helps direct people driving freight vehicles to appropriate routes so they can transport goods efficiently.
  • Vision Zero: We continued our work on 23rd Ave E, Lake City Way, and Sand Point Way NE. These three projects are expected to be complete in the coming months. We also completed our Safety Corridor improvements along 15th Ave S. We made signal and curb ramp upgrades, crossing improvements, and better bike connections to make it easier for people walking and rolling to navigate intersections. This work also included repaving.
  • Safe Routes to School: Within the school zone near Ballard High School, we installed speed humps and new marked crosswalks to slow drivers down and make students crossing the street more visible. This is one of many traffic calming projects near schools that have received strong community support.
  • Bicycle Safety: We grew Seattle’s bike network by approximately 2.5 miles in Q2. As part of the 15th Ave NE Paving project, we completed one mile of protected bike lanes and one-quarter mile of bike lanes from NE 55th St to Lake City Way. We also completed two neighborhood greenways totaling 1.2 miles: the Northgate to Maple Leaf neighborhood greenway and the Seattle Center to Waterfront Walking and Biking Connection. Our updated 2022 bike guide, Seattle by Bike helps new and experienced cyclists travel safely and confidently through our expanded bike network.
  • Paving: As part of Program 9 – Arterial Major Maintenance, we completed repaving of 10.4 total lane-miles in Q2, including 4.6 lane-miles on 15th Ave NE and 5.8 lane-miles total across 15th Ave S, S Spokane St, and S Columbian Way. As part of Program 10 – Arterial Asphalt and Concrete, we repaved 2.8 miles across the city and made 17 paving spot improvements.
  • Bridges: We completed the 8th Ave NW Bridge seismic retrofit to make the bridge safer in the event of an earthquake. We also completed 81 smaller spot repairs on our bridges, keeping them safe and functional. 
  • New Sidewalks: We constructed 3 blocks of new sidewalk on Lake City Way between NE 91st St and NE 95th St. We currently have over 20 blocks of new sidewalk under construction and planned to be complete by the end of the year. 

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 April 30, July 30, and October 30 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 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 published an Updated Workplan Report in November 2018 and expect to share a Portfolio Status Update in the next year to forecast the delivery plan for the remaining years of the Levy, including program delivery strategies and a funding outlook. 

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