Does your Roxbury, Barton or 26th. Ave. home shake from passing Metro buses? Is it getting worse? If so, you are experiencing the effects of pavement deterioration which has accelerated since the Westwood Village transit hub was created in 2012.
I have lived on Roxbury Street since 2002. The street has always been noisy, but in the past few years, my neighbors and I have begun to notice our homes shaking as Metro lines C and 21 travel by. This was not an issue in the past.
Some of us have brought this to the attention of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro. Citing SDOT pavement ratings, the visible deterioration of the roadway, and home shaking, it has been shown that the pavement on bus travel lanes is deteriorating more quickly than on other lanes. Consider the following:
- Severe visible road damage – On Barton, 26th Ave. and Roxbury, concrete panels in bus lanes are misaligned, cracked and subsiding under the weight of the buses.
- Shaking of homes – Residents of Roxbury, 26th Ave. and Barton have reported significant, earthquake-level shaking in their homes as buses pass by. A seismic sensor designed for monitoring earthquake activity has recorded earthquake-level shaking in one Roxbury Street home.
- Pavement Condition Index (PCI) numbers – On Barton and 26th Ave., PCI numbers supplied by SDOT show markedly lower ratings for lanes used for bus travel.
- Bus weight waiver – Transit buses are overweight for local roads but operate under federal and state waivers to allow them on surface streets not engineered to handle these loads.
I created this site in order to offer both a clearinghouse of information about this problem as well as ways to get involved. For more detailed information, please see the tabs on the report submitted to SDOT in March 2015 and How to Get Involved.