July 2020

Seattle Police now posting Significant Incident Reports online

The Public Affairs Unit will begin sharing the Department’s Significant Incident Reports on the SPD Blotter.  Every Friday, that week’s SIRs will be published and can be found here:


SIRs are now available to the public.  The Public Affairs Unit will edit and redact the SIRs prior to publishing. Certain SIRs will NOT be published based upon the content of the investigation(s).

The types of reports that qualify as “significant” varies, so here is what is considered significant:


SDOT: Speed reminder signs coming to Sylvan Way SW

The Seattle Department of Transportation is adding four speed radar signs to Sylvan Way SW.

Sylvan Way SW is a sloped and curvy road the connects 35th Ave SW and Delridge Way SW and is along the detour route to the 1st Ave Bridge.  

SDOT said in a post on their blog "Unfortunately, drivers have been taking the hill too aggressively, and there has been a recent increase in crashes."  

They are taking a series of measures to improve safety on the road.


City of Seattle to open additional citywide COVID-19 testing sites in South Seattle 

Walk-up sites coming to Rainier Beach and Southwest Seattle neighborhoods in August  

information from the City of Seattle

Building on the June launch of Citywide testing that has thus far administered more the 80,000 COVID-19 tests, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the third Citywide testing site – a walk-up location at Rainier Beach High School in south Seattle. Rainier Beach has one of the highest density BIPOC communities in Seattle, and Citywide testing will add more days of the week, hours of the day, and increase capacity ten-fold by up to 4,000 tests per week.  Mayor Durkan also announced a fourth site is currently under planning for the Southwest Seattle community.  


Q13 News: South King County seeing spike in COVID-19 cases

White Center, Burien, Kent, SeaTac, Tukwila, Federal Way and North Highline all seeing increases

Our news partner Q13 News is reporting that higher positive rates of COVID-19 are being reported in south King County

By Hana Kim

Q13 News is tracking the local hotspots of coronavirus.

 Communities in South King County are experiencing a higher percentage of tests coming back positive for COVID-19.

Inside Designing Diva’s Hair Salon, Vivian Bentley feels like she’s at war with the monster virus.

“Really washing down everything I touch, everything my client touches,” Bentley said.

But no amount of cleaning can make her feel 100% safe. 

“It’s one of those lingering thoughts in your head, I hope I don’t get it today,” Bentley said.


SDOT: Traffic and revenue study will help inform funding options for West Seattle Bridge Program

information from Seattle Department of Transportation

Let’s face it, all options to repair or replace the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge will likely have a hefty price tag that will require close partnership and support at both the State and federal levels.  

Last week we shared the framework of our cost-benefit analysis to help guide the city’s decision to repair or replace the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge. In it, we outlined six broad concepts of what repair or replace scenarios could look like. As we progress in the cost-benefit analysis, we’ll develop rough cost estimate ranges that take into account both upfront capital costs, along with ongoing maintenance costs for each of the broad concepts. 


Crossing the low Spokane Street bridge illegally will cost you $75 this fall

Automated cameras will compare license plates to database

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is in the process of preparing to install automated traffic cameras near the lower Spokane Street Bridge to catch violators using it during restricted periods. 

The system should be in place by this fall.