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Planning makes a major artery safer and more efficient Complete Street The S.Dearborn Case Study A s employment opportunities population and our econo- my grow so does Seattles efforts to plan build and maintain a high-quality transportation network for everyone. We are reconstructing pedestrian ramps and upgrading traffic signals adding protected bike lanes and increasing transit options as well as repairing bridges and paving streets so goods and people can move easier. The citys core values to be innovative and improve safety and mobility are reflected in everything we do. These core values are embraced in Mayor Ed Murrays 10-year strate- gic plan Move Seattle. Move Seattle integrates our modal plans prioritizes projects and identifies the budget needed to construct them. Since Seattle is an established city with a fixed-street grid our focus must be on using the streets and sidewalks we have in the most efficient way possi- ble. Efficiency means prioritizing the uses of street space that serve the most people at the most times of the day in the most ways. An example of how Seattle is balancing transportation modes is on S. Dearborn Street which happens to be a major truck route and an import- ant link for people biking between Rainier ValleyBeacon Hill and the International DistrictDowntown. We looked at our bike transit and pedestrian master plans and coordi- nated with the staff and stakeholders involved in drafting a freight master plan. As a result we found a way to organize S. Dearborn Street to be safer and more predictable for all travelers. The changes include modifying a crosswalk and adding a bus queue jump at the busy intersection of Rain- ier Avenue S and S. Dearborn Street. The bus-queue jump will move bus passengers through the signal more efficiently. We are also upgrading the current bike lane to a protected bike lane by creating a painted buffer with plastic posts between people biking and vehicle traffic. An important aspect was to understand if these improvements would impact freight movement so a model was developed to study the before and after effects results show very minor impact. As you read this article we should be close to wrapping up public outreach and looking forward to starting con- struction in late 2015. For information on the S. Dearborn Street Project visit seattle.gov transportationdearbornpbl.htm. Seattleisexpectingtoadd 60000 people and 50000 jobs over the next 10 years and SDOT is tasked with delivering a transportation network to accommodate the growth. Learn more about Move Seattle and our goals to balance transportation modes at seattle.govtransportation moveseattle.htm. BikeLife Seattle 29