It’s that time again! Summer’s ending, school’s about to start, and back-to-school activities are well underway here at SDOT. Yep, you read that right! SDOT and back-to-school go hand-in-hand, because we’re all about Safe Routes to School. This is why the we kicked off Operation TREEAGE this morning, you know like,’triage’? You can thank Director Scott Kubly for that clever little number.
We’re targeting overgrown vegetation and trees around Seattle’s 59 public elementary schools. Crews are clearing sidewalks and walkways of overgrowth so kids have a clear and safe path to walk to class. Our Urban Forestry team is also pruning trees and bushes covering school zone signs, beacons, and signals so drivers have clear visibility and can adjust speeds accordingly.
This project, which ends Sept 1, is another way to get closer to Seattle’s Vision Zero goal and improve safety for our youngest travelers. Remember, the speed limit on all residential streets is 20 MPH (just like the school zone speed limit!).
We’ve also teamed up with Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection to educate residents of tree trimming and vegetation maintenance requirements in the right-of-way, and encourage them to share this information with neighbors and help out neighbors who might need assistance.
For more information about city regulations, check out the Seattle Weeds & Vegetation Ordinance. Want more information about Operation TREEAGE? Call 206-684-TREE (8733) or email us at Seattle.Trees@seattle.gov.