Reminder: SDOT Rainier Ave Safety Meetings (2/26 and 3/3)

SDOT is hosting two follow-up meetings in the coming weeks to the Rainier Ave. Safety Project that’s underway. As many in the neighborhood are well-aware, the past year proved beyond any doubt that action needs to be taken to keep pedestrians (and buildings) safe from Rainier’s often-dangerous traffic. Neighborhood involvement and turnout at the last few meetings and events has been high and that is absolutely one of the main reasons SDOT is now paying attention and working on this project. If you can, be sure to attendRainierPostcard:

 

SDOT invites you to review potential safety improvements for Rainier and to provide feedback on possible design changes at one of the following meetings:

Thursday, February 26, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, The Columbia School – Cafeteria/Commons,
3528 S Ferdinand St (use the Edmunds St entrance and parking area)

Tuesday , March 3, 2015*
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, The Ethiopian Community Center,
8323 Rainier Ave S

*Additional information will be presented about upcoming transportation
projects in the Rainier Beach neighborhood at this meeting

Launching November 2014 – the Rainier Avenue South Safety Corridor Project – a multi-year effort to improve safety for all through street improvements, increased enforcement efforts, and educational outreach.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is launching a collaborative process to review roadway conditions along Rainier Avenue South. As safety is our number one priority, we are committed to preventing collisions and improving safety for all users of the transportation system.

Together we will determine the specific nature and design elements of these changes through the process described below. New safety measures to be considered through this project will include: arterial traffic calming, traffic signal modifications, pavement repair, and pedestrian and bicycle safety enhancements. To address behavioral issues like speeding, distraction and impaired driving, we will develop targeted enforcement strategies and area-specific educational outreach.

This project will focus on the segment of Rainier Avenue South from Letitia Avenue South to Seward Park Avenue South.

Facts about Rainier Avenue South

  • Principal arterial classification
  • Adjacent land uses:
    • Single family and multi-family residential, commercial, industrial
    • Libraries, parks, community centers, senior housing and senior centers
    • More than 10 schools and daycare centers within three blocks of Rainier
  • Speed limit 30 mph
  • Busy transit corridor
  • Average Daily Traffic – 19,700 to 26,600 vehicles per weekday
  • 1243 total collisions, 630 injuries and two fatalities January 2011 through September 2014

 

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