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It’s not I-35: Support a safer 35th Ave SW at two open houses this week

35thSWMarch2015FINAL-collisionsIn the past ten years, more than 400 people have been seriously injured in traffic collisions on just one street in West Seattle: 35th Ave SW. Five people have been killed.

If we don’t take action, 400 more people will be injured in the next ten years, and five more of our neighbors and loved ones will be killed. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

We know how to dramatically improve safety on the street, and city engineers want to do it. The only thing standing in the way is the fear of change, even change as innocent as painting the lines on a dangerous street in a different way.

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SDOT’s Road Safety Corridor crew has been conducting outreach and presenting to the community for months, and now they are ready to share their preferred design option to turn what neighbors call “I-35” into the neighborhood avenue it should have been all along.

You have two chances to see the plans and give project planners your feedback:

Wednesday, July 15th from 7 – 9 PM at the Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

• Thursday, July 16th from 6 – 7:45 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library (9010 35th Ave SW)

Go and voice your support for making safety the top priority on 35th Ave SW, and support safer crossings along this terrible neighborhood barrier that splits West Seattle in half.

More details from SDOT:

SDOT would like to invite you to our next public meetings for 35th Ave SW happening this month. Since October 2014, we’ve been working with community members and our West Seattle neighbors to get ideas on how to improve safety on 35th Ave SW.

Our next open house meetings will be held to discuss our upcoming plans:

• Wednesday, July 15th from 7 – 9 PM at the Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

• Thursday, July 16th from 6 – 7:45 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library (9010 35th Ave SW)

We’ll be presenting our traffic analysis results and our plans to improve safety along this corridor.

We previously held four public meetings about 35th Ave SW and hosted one walking tour in May.  We heard a lot of good comments at our events and are incorporating a majority of them into our design and appreciate the feedback and community participation.

The Safety Project corridor is 35th Avenue SW between SW Roxbury Street and SW Avalon Way.

Safety is the City’s number one priority, and we are committed to preventing collisions and improving safety for all users of the transportation system.

Please join us at the open house and learn how we plan to improve the safety for everyone along 35th Ave SW. http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thSW.htm.

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3 responses to “It’s not I-35: Support a safer 35th Ave SW at two open houses this week”

  1. Jason

    Tom, thanks so much for taking the time to bring attention to this project throughout this drawn out process. I really appreciate it and I’m sure that the increased attention from readers of this blog has helped push the redesign in the right direction. Keep up the good work!

  2. Neel Blair

    Glad to see one of the worst arterials in the city get a makeover. I hope the community supports it. Rainier Ave S is the same – kills several, injures hundreds, divides a neighborhood, is loud, dangerous, smelly, litter-strewn, and generally terrible for anyone living, working, walking, biking, or driving on it.

  3. Harrison Davignon

    I understand how you feel, but that is nothing. Try no shoulder highway, fully loaded logging trucks racing by with in a foot of you at 55 mph and don’t slow down, downhill and cars racing by at 50 and sometimes 70 mph. I know though 35th AVE Does suck as far as bicycle riding. We need a better set up. Protected bike lanes and uuuu shaped bike racks at stores along 35th AVE would be something we need with the growing population. With the growing population and number of bicycle riders, I feel there will be more than 400 injuries and 5 deaths in the next 10 years. Its time to move from favoring the automobile, to a balance of walking, bicycle riding, public transit and driving, So everyone has options.

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