Seattle Dept. of Transportation Planning Safety Improvements on 3rd Avenue NW
Jim Curtin at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recently sent an update about SDOT’s plans for traffic safety improvements on 3rd Ave. NW north of Holman Road. Below is his update.
Here’s the latest info about our work on 3rd NW:
To reduce speeds, SDOT will be installing several sets of speed cushions on 3rd NW in early 2013. Similar to speed bumps, speed cushions are divided into sections so that wide wheelbase vehicles can straddle them. As such, they can more easily accommodate transit, fire engines, and other emergency response vehicles. A total of seven speed cushions will be installed on the 3rd NW corridor near existing school crosswalks at NW 106th St, NW 107th St, NW 132nd St, and NW 137th St.
SDOT has been working closely with parents and staff from Viewlands Elementary to develop an infrastructure improvement plan. The group’s priority is to secure funding for standard curb, gutter, and sidewalk along the school’s frontage on 3rd Ave NW. SDOT helped develop a proposal for this project and submitted it for consideration through the 2013 Bridging the Gap Neighborhood Street Fund process. The proposal has made it past the first round of this community-driven process and is one of three finalists.
SDOT will be installing wheel stops along the existing walkway on 3rd Ave NW at Viewlands Elementary as a temporary measure to provide separation between vehicles and pedestrians. The wheel stops will be placed close to the existing walkway and will not significantly alter the current parking configuration.
The Viewlands PTSA was awarded a $1000 mini-grant through SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program to create a school-wide walking, biking and traffic safety program. The PTSA will adopt the school crosswalks and install pedestrian crossing flags and receptacles at the crossings. Funds will be used for student patrol equipment including vests, raincoats, hats and flags. And the PTSA will produce sandwich boards to reinforce good driver behavior. Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike Skilz and Thrilz program will be offered at the school as well.