I have requested SDOT to continue to work to improve mobility and safety for everyone around construction zones. One of the first tours I organized for Mr. Kubly was of one epicenter of construction: the Pike/Pine neighborhood on Capitol Hill. We have had a number of updates and briefings from SDOT about their work to ensure compliance by contractors and progress is being made.
SDOT should not give permission to close a sidewalk or street or part of one until SDOT has approved the detour plans and routes. Even when a plan is approved some contractors or their workers will arbitrarily move barriers to the detriment of the public. This requires regular site visits by SDOT inspectors. One of the challenges is that there are not enough inspectors to keep up with the volume of construction. I have requested SDOT to hire more as soon as possible
Thanks for bringing this to my attention.