Four more miles of ‘Stay Healthy Streets’ added in Seattle

SEATTLE — Officials with the Seattle Department of Transportation announced plans on Tuesday to open four more miles of “Stay Healthy Streets” over the course of the next week.

The new streets will bring the city’s total amount of “Stay Healthy Streets” to 27 miles.

Here are the new “Stay Healthy Streets” opening this week:

Officials said they’ve also partnered with the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department to temporarily expand spaces near Golden Gardens and along Lake Washington Boulevard.

“While Golden Gardens is 24/7 until further notice, Lake Washington Boulevard is a 5-day pilot to see if it might be worth extending the closure into the summer,” a spokesperson for SDOT wrote in a news release.

City residents can take an online survey until July 15 to provide feedback on the existing “Stay Healthy Streets” and on the selections of which ones might become permanent.

Input on the pilot program on Lake Washington Boulevard should be sent to StayHealthyStreets@Seattle.gov.

People are allowed to drive on the “Stay Healthy Streets” to reach homes and businesses. However, officials said people “should not drive on these streets if their destination is somewhere else.”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in May that 20 miles of “Stay Healthy Streets” would be made permanent.

“The permanent locations could be where Stay Healthy Streets already exist, or could shift to other sections of the  existing 45 miles of Neighborhood Greenways depending on what we hear from the public,” officials said. “The survey is the first step in engaging the community.”