Engineering Department Traffic Engineering Subject Files, 1926-1988  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Dept.
Title
Engineering Department Traffic Engineering Subject Files
Dates
1926-1988 (inclusive)
Quantity
5.0 cubic feet, (13 boxes)
Collection Number
2609-01
Summary
Material relating to traffic control and transportation planning in Seattle.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Seattle traffic issues fell under the jurisdiction of the Department of Streets and Sewers during the first three decades of the 20th Century. With the recognition of growing traffic engineering needs, the Office of Traffic Engineer was established within the Department in1930. The Department of Streets and Sewers was abolished by City Charter Amendment in 1936 and most of its functions absorbed by the Engineering Department. The Office of the Traffic Engineer became a division within the Department. When the functions of the Engineering Department were reorganized in 1997, the traffic engineering and transportation functions were consolidated in the newly formed Seattle Transportation Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Memoranda, correspondence, meeting minutes, maps, blueprints, newspaper clippings and presentational material concerning various traffic control topics and traffic and transportation planning. General topics include traffic planning, street closures, civil defense, traffic safety, and traffic control; specific subjects include Central Business District Exclusive Bus Lanes, METRO, the Seattle Transit System, New Deal traffic projects, and World War II traffic routing. The bulk of the material dates from the New Deal and World War II periods.

A large portion of the series encompasses the records of J.W.A. "Arch" Bollong who served as Traffic Engineer from 1930 to 1952. The records reflect major street and bridge construction projects during that period including Alaskan Way, Aurora Avenue, the Aurora Bridge, and traffic issues related to the Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Boeing Company expansion, and the Seattle Transit System. Traffic safety became a major concern as more and more automobiles were introduced to Seattle. Records include discussions of school crossing issues, activities of the Seattle Traffic and Safety Council, and local and national safety contests.

The largest body of records relate to Civil Defense, particularly to the location of air raid sirens and whistles, lighting regulations during blackouts, traffic and danger signals used during blackouts, and the creation of traffic routes during wartime. The latter included identifying routes through the city that would be used by the military in an emergency as well as the routing of normal traffic.

Most of the records that post-date Bollong's tenure as traffic engineer are related to the controversy around the proposed creation of exclusive bus lanes in the Central Business District in the mid-1970s.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Traffic Engineering Subject Files, Record Series 2609-01. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Traffic Engineering Subject Files, 1926-1988Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Administrative Survey Volume VI Engineering Department
1957
1/2
Alaskan Way - Correspondence
1931-1933
1/3
Alaskan Way - Correspondence
1934-1935
1/4
Alaskan Way - Correspondence
1936
1/5
Alaskan Way - Correspondence
1937-1938
1/6
Alaskan Way - Correspondence.
1939-1940
1/7
Alaskan Way - Maps and Drawings
1929-1937
1/8
Annual Inventory of Traffic Safety Activities - National Safety Council Contest
1951
1/9
Armory Way - Highway 99 By-Pass
1931-1939
1/10
Armory Way Map - Downtown By-Pass for Highway 99
1938
1/11
Arterial Highways
1928-1932
1/12
Arterial Highways in Seattle - Map
1930
1/13
Arterial Priority System
1965
1/14
Aurora Avenue Bridge
1930
1/15
Aurora Avenue
1931
1/16
Aurora Avenue and Bridge
1932
1/17
Aurora Avenue and Bridge
1933
1/18
Aurora Avenue and Bridge
1934
1/19
Aurora Avenue and Bridge
1936-1937
1/20
Aurora Avenue and Bridge
1938-1939
1/21
Aurora Avenue and Bridge
1940-1944
1/22
Aurora Avenue - Maps
1930-1937
2/1
Aurora Avenue - Traffic Flow Maps
1929-1931
2/2
Aurora Avenue - Safety Zone Photographs
1930-1931
2/3
Aurora Avenue - Traffic Across Fremont Bridge
1926-1929
2/4
Bay Street Traffic Closure - Great Northern Railway Co.
1969
2/5
Blackout Program - Maps
1941
2/6
Blackout Program - Procedures and Instructions
1941
2/7
Blackout Program - Reference Material and National Publications
1942
2/8
Blackout Program - Test Blackout Night (March 7)
1941
2/9
Blackout Program - Traffic and Danger Signals
1941
2/10
Blackout Program - Traffic Signals (January-April)
1942
2/11
Blackout Program - Traffic Signals (May-December)
1942
2/12
Blackout Program - Traffic Signals and General Information
1943
2/13
Blackout Program - Traffic Signals
1944
2/14
Board of Public Works
1969-1970
2/15
Boeing Company - Correspondence
1939-1941
2/16
Boeing Company - Correspondence (December)
1941
2/17
Boeing Company - Correspondence
1942-1944
2/18
Boeing Plant - Maps
1940-1944
2/19
Bon Marché - Solutions for Traffic Control, Contest
1946
2/20
Bon Marche - Solution for Traffic Control, Contest Drawings
1946
2/21
Bus Line Warning Signs - Drawings.
1939
3/1
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (December)
1941
3/2
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (January)
1942
3/3
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (February)
1942
3/4
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (March)
1942
3/5
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (April)
1942
3/6
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (May-June)
1942
3/7
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (July)
1942
3/8
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (August)
1942
3/9
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (September)
1942
3/10
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens (October-December)
1942
3/11
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens
1943
3/12
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens
1944
3/13
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens
1950-1959
3/14
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens. Air Raid Siren Control Network (maps)
1942
3/15
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens. Auxiliary Air Raid Alarm Signals. (map)
1942
3/16
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens. Equipment and Installation Sketches
1941-1951
3/17
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens Equipment
1942-1945
3/18
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens Equipment
1946-1951
3/19
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens, Location of Air Raid Sirens and Air Raid Warning Zones
1941-1942
3/20
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens, Location of Air Raid Sirens. (Maps)
1941-1943
3/21
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens, Location (Maps)
1951
3/22
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens, Location of Air Raid Sirens, Whistles, and High Pressure Steam Plants (Maps)
1943
3/23
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens, Location of fire Department Street Sirens (Maps)
1942
4/1
Civil Defense - Air Raid Sirens, 145 H.P. Siren Test (Map)
1942
4/2
Civil Defense - Lighting Control Measures Prior to Blackouts, Report.
1942
4/3
Civil Defense - Blackouts and Lighting Regulation (January-February)
1942
4/4
Civil Defense - Blackouts and Lighting Regulation (March-May)
1942
4/5
Civil Defense - Evacuation and Military Route Maps
1942
4/6
Civil Defense - Evacuation Planning
1942
4/7
Civil Defense - General Correspondence
1967-1972
4/8
Civil Defense - Organization
1941-1943
4/9
Civil Defense - Organization Charts
1942
4/10
Civil Defense - Publicity, Civilians for Defense Radio Script.
1942
4/11
Civil Defense - War Chest Street Stencil.
1942
4/12
Civil Works Administration
1933
4/13
Civil Works Administration Projects (January)
1934
4/14
Civil Works Administration Projects (February)
1934
4/15
Civil Works Administration Projects (March-May)
1934
4/16
Civil Works Administration (June-December) Federal Emergency Relief Administration
1934
4/17
Classification and Compensation
1945-1957
4/18
Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1944-1945
4/19
Downtown Parks Committee - Committee Meetings
1958-1959
4/20
Downtown Parks Committee - Minutes
1958-1960
4/21
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Community Correspondence
1974
4/22
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Community Correspondence
1975
4/23
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Community Correspondence
1976-1977
5/1
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Government Correspondence
1974
5/2
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Government Correspondence
1975
5/3
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Government Correspondence
1975
5/4
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Government Correspondence
1976
5/5
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Government Correspondence
1977
5/6
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Misc. Correspondence
1974
5/7
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Misc. Correspondence
1975
5/8
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Central Business District, Misc. Correspondence
1976-1977
5/9
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Economic Impact of Exclusive Bus Lanes in the Seattle Central Business District
1976
5/10
Exclusive Bus Lanes - Public Hearing, City Council Transportation Committee (transcript)
1976
5/11
First Avenue South Bridge Interchange
1945-1952
5/12
Fourth Avenue South Railroad Signals
1934
5/13
Fourth Avenue South Traffic Safety and Railroad Crossing (Maps)
1934-1936
5/14
Harbor Island - Parking and Traffic Patterns (Maps)
1941-1943
5/15
Harbor Island - Parking and Traffic Patterns (Maps)
1941-1943
6/1
Highway Research Board (National Research Council)
1941-1943
6/2
Institute of Government, University of Washington
1937-1939
6/3
Institute of Government, University of Washington
1940-1944
6/4
Institute of Traffic Engineers - Preliminary Report of Sub Committee on Traffic Operations Improvements
1945
6/5
Institute of Traffic Engineers - Post War Planning, Organization and Administration of City Traffic Engineering Departments (Draft)
1944
6/6
Institute of Traffic Engineers - Post War Planning Committee
1944-1945
6/7
Institute of Traffic Engineers - War Transportation Committee, Case Report on Traffic and Transport Sea-Tac Shipbuilding Co Terminal Parking, Boeing Plant 2
1944
6/8
Lake Washington Floating Bridge
1938-1939
6/9
Lake Washington Floating Bridge - Dedication
1940
6/10
Lake Washington Floating Bridge - Traffic Distribution Maps.
1937-1938
6/11
Lake Washington Second Floating Bridge Location
1951-1953
6/12
Legislation - National
1931-1941
6/13
Lock Your Car Anti-Theft Program
1965-1968
6/14
Mayor's General Committee on Traffic Conditions in the South End
1941
6/15
Mayor William Devin - Correspondence
1947-1950
6/16
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs
1941
6/17
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs
1942
7/1
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs
1943
7/2
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs
1944
7/3
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs
1945
7/4
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs
1946
7/5
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs
1947-1949
7/6
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs - Army and Navy, Seattle Traffic Route Maps
1941-1943
7/7
Military Traffic Route and Parking Needs - Army and Navy, Traffic Route and Parking Needs, Vehicle Routing at Sick's Stadium
1942
7/8
National Safety Council Contest Correspondence
1941-1944
7/9
National Safety Council Contest - Report to Judges
1932-1941
7/10
National Safety Contest - Seattle Entry I
1945
7/11
National Safety Contest - Seattle Entry II
1945
7/12
National Safety Contest - Seattle Entry III
1945
7/13
Parking - Seattle Central Business District, Resume of Parking Study
1948
7/14
Port of Seattle - Rules and Regulations
1942
7/15
Post-War Traffic Planning
1944-1948
7/16
Potlatch of Progress Parade
1934-1935
7/17
Potlatch of Progress Parade (includes map)
1938
7/18
Potlatch of Progress Parade
1939
7/19
Purchasing - Wartime Priority Ratings
1941-1943
8/1
Reflecting Signs
1929-1934
8/2
Reflecting Signs - Canadian Traffic Signal Corporation
1929
8/3
Report on Street Traffic Survey (WPA) - Request for Copies
1937-1943
8/4
Review of the Organization and Activities of the Traffic Engineering Division. Engineering Department, City of Seattle
1944
8/5
Roosevelt Way - Widening
1938
8/6
Safety Islands - Location Maps
undated
8/7
School Crossings
1927-1930
8/8
School Crossings
1931-1932
8/9
School Crossings
1933-1934
8/10
School Crossings
1935-1937
8/11
School Crossings
1940-1944
8/12
Seattle Center Stadium - Traffic and Access Analysis (Washington Highway Department)
1968
8/13
Seattle Municipal Street Railway - Proposed Route Maps, The Beeler Organization
1939
8/14
Seattle Police Department - Junior Safety Division, Annual Reports
1940-1942
8/15
Seattle Police Department - Junior Safety Division, Reports on Halloween Depredations and Vandalism
1937-1944
8/16
Seattle Police Department - Junior Safety Division, Reports on Halloween Depredations and Vandalism
1937-1944
8/17
Seattle Safety Council
1943-1944
8/18
Seattle Safety Council - A Report on the Seattle Pedestrian Accident Problem
1943
8/19
Seattle Safety Council Meetings
1943-1944
8/20
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1930
9/1
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1931
9/2
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1932
9/3
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1933
9/4
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1934
9/5
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1935
9/6
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1936
9/7
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1937
9/8
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1938
9/9
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1939-1940
9/10
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council
1941-1943
9/11
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council - Minutes
1938-1939
9/12
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council - Minutes
1940-1941
9/13
Seattle Traffic and Safety Council - Newsletters
1937-1942
9/14
Seattle Traffic Research Commission - Plans and Statistics. Rapid Transit Planning
1928
10/1
Seattle Transit System
1939
10/2
Seattle Transit System (January - February)
1940
10/3
Seattle Transit System (March-May)
1940
10/4
Seattle Transit System (June-August)
1940
10/5
Seattle Transit System (September -October)
1940
10/6
Seattle Transit System (November)
1940
10/7
Seattle Transit System (December)
1940
10/8
Seattle Transit System
1941-1942
10/9
Seattle Transit System
1944
10/10
Seattle Transit System (January-May)
1945
10/11
Seattle Transit System (June-December)
1945
10/12
Seattle Transit System
1946
10/13
Seattle Transit System
1947
10/14
Seattle Transit System (January-July)
1948
10/15
Seattle Transit System (August-December)
1948
10/16
Seattle Transit System - Routing Maps, Downtown Business District
1940-1942
10/17
Seneca Street Extension - Harvard Avenue to Broadway
1934-1935
10/18
Seneca Street Extension - Maps and Drawings
1934-1935
10/19
Sick's Seattle Stadium - Economic Analysis of Proposed City Purchase
1965
11/1
Sick's Seattle Stadium - Right of Way Study
1965
11/2
Spokane Street Viaduct
1941-1943
11/3
Spokane Street Viaduct - Maps and Drawings
1941-1943
11/4
Stadium Preliminary Site Selection
1967-1968
11/5
Street Classifications
1949
11/6
Street Closures - Board of Public Works
1969-1970
11/7
Street Closures - Board of Public Works
1971
11/8
Street Closures - International District
1970-1971
11/9
Street Lighting Traffic Safety - Plans and Reports
1951-1971
11/10
Street Lighting Traffic Safety - Plans and Reports. Maps
1945-1971
11/11
Traffic Accident Statistics - Monthly reports (January-June)
1939
11/12
Traffic Accident Statistics - Monthly reports (July-December)
1939
11/13
Traffic Accident Statistics - Monthly reports (January-June)
1944
11/14
Traffic Accident Statistics - Monthly reports (July-December)
1944
12/1
Traffic Engineering from the Viewpoint of an Urban Traffic Engineer (speech)
1944
12/2
Traffic Law Enforcement
1937-1938
12/3
Truck Traffic Committee
1941
12/4
University of Washington Approach - Traffic and Grade Separation Master Plan (Drawings)
1944
12/5
War Production Transportation Commission
1942
12/6
War Production Transportation Commission - Share the Ride
1942
12/7
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project No 310 Traffic Survey
1935
12/8
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project No 310 Traffic Survey
1936
12/9
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project No 310 Traffic Survey - Instructions
1934
12/10
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project No 310 - Summarized Reports
1936
12/11
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Report Exhibits
1936
12/12
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project No 310 Traffic Survey - Summary and Status Reports
1936
12/13
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Traffic Survey. Brief of Engineering Manual for Traffic Surveys
1934
12/14
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project No 4163 Traffic Survey
1936-1937
12/15
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project No 4163 Traffic Survey - Traffic Flow Map
1937
12/16
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Police Department Proposal for Minor Traffic Violation Aides
1935
13/1
Central Business District Signal System Project
1984-1985
13/2
Half Signal Usage Proposal
1985
13/3
Midvale Pl. Safety
1986
13/4
Neighborhood Speed Watch Program
1986-1987
13/5
Neighborhood Traffic Control Program
1988
13/6
No Smoking Policy Committee
1985
13/7
Pedestrian Model Safety Program
1986
13/8
South Transfer Station
1985
13/9
Street / Traffic Classification Issues
1983
13/10
Traffic Counts - ML King Way
1982-1988.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Alaskan Way Viaduct (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Aurora Avenue (Seattle and Shoreline, Wash.)
  • Bus lanes--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Civil defense--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Traffic safety--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Traffic engineering--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Transportation planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Bollong, J.W.A. "Arch" (creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Dept.
  • Seattle Transit System
  • United States. Work Projects Administration. State of Washington
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)