As many Seattle students return to in-person learning on Monday, the Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to close streets to cars and open them to families walking and biking to and from school. Additionally, school zone safety cameras will soon be switched back on.
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SDOT says it has built over 20 Safe Route to School projects since 2020, funded by Levy to Move Seattle tax dollars. The zones are similar to the city’s Stay Healthy Streets, with more space for social distancing and daily attestation at school pick-up and drop-off locations.
The School Streets include one or two blocks directly adjacent to schools, and are marked with “street closed” signs. The streets are closed to all pass-through traffic. Families dropping off and picking up students should also avoid driving or parking on those closed streets. People who live on the street or who need access to businesses on the street are still able to drive those streets, but use extreme caution. School buses and students with mobility needs also still have access to the streets.
Current School Street Locations
Lowell Elementary School
Emerson Elementary School
Roxhill Elementary School
Olympic Hills Elementary School
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and new return-to-school operations, schools will be operating on new schedules. Drivers in the area should expect to see students throughout the days from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — not just during the previous start and end times.
The speed limit near schools when children are present remains 20 mph.