How to get involved

Come to the March 7, 2016 Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council (WWRHAH) meeting, where we will have representatives from SDOT and Metro available to discuss this and other local transit issues.

Monday, March 7, 2016
6:15 – 7:45 pm
Southwest Library, 9010 35th Ave. SW

In short, the only viable long term solution is to repave and engineer the roads with thicker concrete and a base sufficient to handle the weight of these heavy vehicles. (Roxbury Street is slated to be repaved in 2021 through the 2015 Move Seattle levy.)

Seattle needs these transit options.  Since the roads are the “rails” upon which the buses travel, it makes sense to think long term to ensure that the roads can handle them.  SDOT repaves high priority streets every year.  With about 200 buses/day traveling on Barton and Roxbury and over 400/day on 26th. Ave., these streets are worthy of attention.

If you haven’t already, please read the March 2015 report to SDOT, as it contains detailed information that can be used when contacting public officials.

Some questions to ask include:

  • The shaking is a problem but it is also the symptom of a bigger problem.  If the Westwood area will continue to grow, this likely means more bus traffic and heavier vehicles when the 120 line upgrades to a new RapidRide route, leading to more pavement damage.  (RapidRide coaches are 7% heavier but cause 33% more pavement damage.)  Roxbury will be repaved in 2021.  What would it take to get Barton and 26th on the repaving list?
  • A noise and vibration study for the First Hill streetcar discusses acceptable levels of vibration in structures along the route.  These thresholds are known and can be measured.  If property damage is a risk, we should know.  If the vibrations are strong enough to disturb sleep, I think we should know that also.  What would it take to have the City measure and quantify these vibration levels on Roxbury, Barton and 26th?

Public officials to contact

Seattle Department of Transportation
Bill Bryant
Transit Program Manager, SDOT

Scott Kubly

Ben Hansen
Paving Engineer, SDOT

King County Metro
Doug Johnson
Transit Service Planner

Seattle City Council
Lisa Herbold
Councilmember, District 1, City of Seattle


Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights (WWRHAH) Community Council

If you would like to discuss these concerns (or any other neighborhood issues), WWRHAH council meetings take place the first Monday of every month at the Southwest Library on 35th. Ave. from 6:15-7:45 pm.  Visit for more information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris Stripinis at


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