The City is now allowing for residential block closures as an off-shoot of the Stay Healthy Streets program.
They’re calling it Stay Healthy Blocks, which allows for community groups to temporarily close entire blocks to thru-traffic for increased access to outdoor recreation space.
The permits will be made available to community organizations and nonprofits, and will be considered for non-arterial streets around the city. As a rule of thumb, any street without a dividing line down the center is classified as a non-arterial.
SDOT will start with an initial four-week evaluation period to observe how the permits are working, and will collect feedback and compliance to determine the future of the program. The evaluation period will last until Oct. 19.
To apply for a permit, visit the Stay Healthy Blocks website. If approved, applicants will be responsible for notifying neighbors, closing the street with barricades, and monitoring for safety. Public health guidelines must be followed on every Stay Healthy Block, SDOT says.
The City is still planning to make up to 20 miles of Stay Healthy Streets permanent, and are continuing to collect feedback. You can email SDOT with comments or questions here: StayHealthyStreets@seattle.gov.
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