Have you noticed the cameras that went up this week at Columbia City’s intersections along Rainier? Looks like SDOT is retiming the lights. Safiya Merchant at The Seattle Times has all of the details:
For 68-year-old William Wingert, a man with self-described “bad legs,” making his way across Rainier Avenue South in Columbia City is a challenge
Crossings at South Edmunds, South Hudson and South Ferdinand streets are problems for Wingert, who said they present two issues: It takes too long for the signal to turn for pedestrians, and the time given to cross is too short.
“As it is now, just about every time when I get across the street, especially if somebody is trying to turn left onto Rainier Avenue, I’m forced to either rush or stop and wait for them to get there and it’s hard to make the light,” Wingert said.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be making changes to Rainier Avenue South this year that aims to improve the traveling experience for many types of users.
Dongho Chang, city traffic engineer, said the Rainier corridor will be retimed this year. Rick Sheridan,
SDOT’s communications director, wrote in an email that the effort was directed at 30 intersections along the street.
Chang wrote in an email that traffic signals would be modified to lengthen the time of green lights for approaching buses, as well as to change to green earlier if a bus comes during a red light on Rainier Avenue South.
“The signal retiming is balanced to have the shortest wait time for all users, while providing for the best traffic flow at the intersection,” Chang wrote.