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Seattle Announces New Rules for Construction and Utility Work on Stay Healthy Streets

Posted on Jun 5, 2020 in:
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As part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis, the city of Seattle has converted many miles of streets into Stay Healthy Streets, with over 20 miles becoming permanent. In order to promote outdoor exercise opportunities for residents living in areas with limited open space options, low car ownership, and routes connecting people to essential services, these streets have been closed to through traffic; local access, deliveries, waste pickup, and emergency vehicles are allowed.

Both construction and utility work are permitted on a Stay Healthy Streets, but will need to comply with the following:

  • You must publicly post on-site signage and provide neighbor notification according to the Notification Requirements section below.
  • You must maintain 11 feet of travel lane on the street at all times.
  • If a project will impact a Stay Healthy Street for longer than a calendar month, you must contact StayHealthyStreets@seattle.gov at least five business days prior to the closure.

Notification Requirements

You must notify the traveling public using on-site signage five business days in advance. The on-site notice must include:

  1. The start date;
  2. The end date;
  3. And, if the closure is not 24 hours per day, daily closure times.

Notification may be provided through an electronic message board or temporary fixed signage. Temporary notification signage shall be visible to the public; placed so as not to impede public mobility, sight distances, curb ramps, sidewalks, or driveways; and shall conform to the current city of Seattle Traffic Control Manual for In-Street Work. The sign must be a minimum size of 24" wide and 36" high, with white background and black lettering not less than 3.5" in height, as shown in the adjacent figure.

You must notify adjacent residents and businesses at least five business days before beginning work in the right-of-way according to the notification guidance provided in CAM 2117. See Stay Healthy Street Fact Sheet.

Contact sbc@mbaks.com with any questions.

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