Highways

The view of Aurora looking south toward the downtown skyline.

Op-Ed: Redesigning Aurora Avenue for Pedestrians, Bikes, and Rapid Buses

SDOT seems to assume Aurora Avenue cannot accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, cars, and freight simultaneously, but this design proposal that will do just that. In the process, it'd make the deadly corridor much safer for all users.
The Seattle skyline rises above the I-5 freeway trench in South Downtown.

Op-Ed: Seattle Transportation Levy Should Seek to Undo Harm from Highways

A citywide coalition has proposed a $40 million package to advance ongoing projects like designing I-5 lids in multiple neighborhoods (supporting new street connections, parks, and affordable housing), remaking Aurora Avenue for safer crossings, and reconnecting the Duwamish Valley community around SR 99.
An aerial photo shows Tacoma's waterfront separated from its downtown towers by its elevated I-705 freeway.

New Tacoma Waterfront Park Begs for I-705 Freeway Removal

Melanie LaPlant Dressel Park opened on April 11 as a beautiful park far away from the rest of the city. An elevated, wide ribbon of concrete — the roaring I-705 freeway — separates the park from its users. Tacoma should remove this barrier.

Cutting Trail Tunnel Only Saves 1% of SR 520 Budget

WSDOT is set to delete the 10th Avenue E tunnel underpass from Seattle's planned Roanoke Lid despite only saving around 10 to 15 million dollars.

State Proposes to Drop Bike/Pedestrian Tunnel from Seattle’s Roanoke Lid

A long-planned 10th Avenue underpass intended to enable easier walking and biking trips is set to be dropped from one of the state's biggest highway megaprojects as a cost-cutting measure.

Washington’s State Transportation Budget Faces Multiple Time Bombs

The final piece of the decades-long replacement of the SR 520 bridge will move forward thanks to funding authorized this year, but Washington State's overall transportation budget is on rockier ground.

Aurora Avenue Is Seattle’s Pass/Fail Test on Vision Zero

The current attempt to reshape how Aurora Avenue operates represents a phenomenal test for the City of Seattle. Is its pledge to end traffic deaths real or just for show?

Op-Ed: Here’s How We Can Fix Aurora Avenue – From People Who Might Know

Aurora Avenue should have a continuous design with safe sidewalks, crossings, bike lanes, and center-running bus lanes to speed up the E Line. Aurora Reimagined Coalition had a design that does all that. Fill out SDOT's survey to back the idea.