After successfully creating 8.5 miles of bike and pedestrian paths throughout Seattle this past month, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has decided to permanently close several of the streets to vehicles.
What was part of Mayor Jenny Durkan’s initiative will become a mainstay in the city, as nearly 20 miles of Seattle streets will close to most vehicle traffic by the end of May, announced Mayor Durkan during a press conference on Thursday.
The current Stay Healthy Streets extend through the Central District, West Seattle, Greenwood, Othello, Rainier Beach, and Beacon Hill. Three additional miles will be added in Rainier Valley starting Friday.
Streets that will remain closed off include those in Lake City, Aurora Licton Springs, Ballard, Delridge/Highland Park neighborhoods, Lake City, the Central District, West Seattle, High Point, Green Lake, Greenwood, Othello, and Rainier Beach.
Over the next couple of weeks, SDOT will replace the temporary closure signs on the Stay Healthy Streets with permanent markings, guiding drivers to other routes.