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Links to View HPAC’s Past Meetings and Next Meeting

View HPAC’s past meetings:

June 24, 2020
Community discussion on SDOT Mitigation Projects Process: a discussion about West Seattle Bridge detour traffic through our neighborhoods, identifying additional concerns and ideas, and reviewing ideas HPAC has presented for mitigation projects. Two members of the West Seattle Bridge Task Force who represent our area also attended.
Meeting Recording: https://youtu.be/fuyhdRDjCDE

May 27, 2020
SDOT presentation on the Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Safety project and preliminary design proposal and continued discussion on traffic management during the bridge closure.
Meeting Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/x_1VAJfurzNLfpHD027hBKV_O43Eaaa82nVNrvIEzx6xIcGPKrjnOqv85RpaKTeF

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April 22, 2020
Presentation and conversation with SDOT on the closure of the West Seattle bridge and our on the concerns about the impact of the detour through South Delridge, Riverview, and Highland Park. Meeting Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ycpZL5fSxm1Of9bOxG_kY6MMHKPFeaa81ShLq_oKykhg4VRLvZOE12I9R3Da8uTM

Next Scheduled HPAC Meeting:
Currently, HPAC does not have meetings scheduled for July or August, but if there are opportunities to provide input, inform decisions, or take action regarding SDOT WSB Mitigation Projects and/or Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Safety Project, we will convene meetings as needed.

HPAC’s next regular meeting is scheduled for September 23, 2020 and will be an all virtual meeting.

HPAC’s Traffic Impacts Committee
We are looking for neighbors, business owners, homeowners and renters in Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge to assist us in continuing to identify the needs of the neighborhoods, follow up and hold accountable SDOT, elected officials, and the Mayor. To find out about the next virtual meeting our Traffic Impacts Committee or provide ideas or information about impacts your street is experiencing email HPACTraffic@gmail.com

Two Ways to Influence SDOT on West Seattle Bridge Closure and Impact to Our Neighborhoods

The unexpected closure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge has dramatically impacted West Seattle and the nearby Duwamish Valley communities. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has launched Reconnect West Seattle. To provide the public with SDOT’s vision to restore travel across the Duwamish to similar levels seen before the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge closure. At the same time, we want to reduce the impact of increased detour traffic in the Duwamish Valley neighborhoods like Highland Park and South Park. 

To achieve this vision, SDPT is asking for public input in identifying challenges, prioritizing solutions, and creating a plan that will help people safely ride the bus, bike, walk, or take a water taxi as the phased reopening of our economy continues. 

https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/bridges-stairs-and-other-structures/bridges/west-seattle-high-rise-bridge-safety-project/reconnect-west-seattle-community-outreach

HOW TO INFLUENCE SDOT aka How to Help Shape Decisions

1. Take the Reconnect West Seattle Survey
This survey is for everyone who lives or works in West Seattle. The survey is the community’s chance to let SDOT and our partners know what you need to move on and off the West Seattle peninsula at similar rates to before the High-Rise Bridge closure, but with a significant reduction in travel lanes.
If you live or work in West Seattle, please take the Reconnect West Seattle Survey by July 31st! 
Your participation will help SDOT prioritize the right improvements in a highly resource constrained environment due to COVID-19 impacts. 

2. If you live or work in one of the following neighborhoods, please fill out your Neighborhood Prioritization Process Ballot by July 31.

The Neighborhood Prioritization Process Ballots enables your neighborhood to prioritize which projects you feel, as a community, will best address the impacts of the High-Bridge closure. The ballots include lists of potential projects that were generated from ideas SDOT received from community, along with some of their own ideas, and projects from existing transportation and neighborhood plans. While a much larger mix of projects remain on SDOT’s radar, they recognize the need for immediate action. Therefore, the lists include projects that can be completed quickly and cost less than $100,000.

Please visit www.seattle.gov/reconnectwestseattle for more information and to access all materials in multiple languages. Paper copies of the survey and ballot are available by request at westseattlebridge@seattle.gov or by calling 206-400-7511.

SDOT TIMELINE 

  • July 10: Neighborhood Plans are released to community and ballots open   
  • July 10 – 31: With SDOT playing a support role, community organizations and neighborhoods will prioritize a list of potential actions and projects specific to their neighborhood.  
  • August: SDOT and WSB Community Task Force analyze community feedback
  • September: Reconnect West Seattle Plan

Next Steps:
Sign-up for West Seattle Bridge updates and emails www.seattle.gov/reconnectwestseattle
• Consider bicycle trips where and when possible
• If driving, please do so outside of the peak commute hours (6-9 am and 4-7 pm)

Let’s Talk About Upcoming SDOT Mitigation Projects Process for our Neighborhood!

HPAC Community Listening Session – Join Us This Week!

Join us this Wednesday, June 24, 7-8pm for a community listening session around the increasing West Seattle Bridge detour traffic through our neighborhoods and ideas we have for mitigation projects. We will also share what we know about the upcoming Project Prioritization Process.

We will have at least two members of the West Seattle Bridge Task Force who represent our area in attendance to hear from the community.

The meeting is open to all but due to Zoom capacity we will prioritize attendees from Highland Park, South Delridge, Riverview and Roxhill.

To Participate on Jun 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM

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Great News! and Congrats to the Duwamish Tribe

Wednesday at HPAC: SDOT Open House & Presentation on Highland Park Way Traffic Safety Improvement Project

HPAC Monthly [Virtual] Meeting
May 27, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

HPAC meetings for the next few months will be virtual only – in order to comply with the #StayHomeStayHealthy order in place in King County. When available, meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the our website: https://www.hpacws.org
Virtual meetings are limited to 100 participants.

May Agenda:
7:00: Welcome and overview of attending a virtual meeting
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7:10: SDOT Virtual Open House & Presentation

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West Seattle Bridge
– Brief Project Update
– Neighborhood Mobility Planning

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7:20: Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Safety Project
Highland Park Way SW is a major north-south route in West Seattle, providing access to SR 99, SR 509, I-5, and the Duwamish Trail. The intersection at SW Holden St serves more than 22,000 drivers, transit riders, pedestrians and bicyclists daily. 

The Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St intersection has been the site of several accidents and safety issues due to poor sight distances, high speeds, travel lane confusion, and a lack of pedestrian facilities.

  • Early design overview
  • Questions and input from neighbors​

7:35: Q&A with SDOT staff
7:55: Announcements and closing comments

To join the HPAC Virtual Zoom Meeting

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If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact the HPAC Executive Committee at hpacchair@gmail.com

Cannot Attend the Meeting? SDOT still wants your feedback!

SDOT is collecting community input on proposed improvements at Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St.

This project in the early design stage, around 10%, and community input will help shape future design. SDOT staff is also considering new traffic volumes with the closure of the West Seattle Bridge and restrictions on the Low Bridge (Spokane Street Bridge).
 
Share your input by taking a survey about improvements to Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St. Learn more about the project by watching the recorded presentation on SDOT’s project webpage.

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Join HPAC’s New Subcommittee

We are looking for neighbors, business owners, homeowners and renters in Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge to assist us in continuing to identify the needs of the neighborhoods, follow up and hold accountable SDOT, elected officials, and the Mayor. To find out about the next virtual meeting email HPACTraffic@gmail.com

Let’s Talk Navigating Our Own Neighborhoods

HPAC Subcommittee Forming – Join Us This Week

In order to prepare for further discussions, requests, and mitigation plans about the impact of the detour through Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge during the closure of the West Seattle Bridge, HPAC is hosting a working subcommittee, WSB Detour Subcommittee. We are looking for neighbors to assist us in continuing to identify the needs of the neighborhoods, follow up and hold accountable SDOT, elected officials, and the Mayor.

Join our Zoom meeting for WSB Detour Subcommittee
May 21, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This subcommittee and this meeting is open to residents of and business owners in Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge.
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Next Week: SDOT Virtual Open House on the Highland Park Way Traffic Safety Improvement Project at the HPAC Monthly [Virtual] Meeting
May 27, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

HPAC meetings for the next few months will be virtual only – in order to comply with the #StayHomeStayHealthy order in place in King County. When available, meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the our website: https://www.hpacws.org
Virtual meetings are limited to 100 participants.

May Agenda:
7:00: Welcome and overview of attending a virtual meeting
7:10: Presentation on Highland Park Way Traffic Safety Improvement Project

7:50: Announcements and closing comments

To join the HPAC Virtual Zoom Meeting

By Computer/Tablet:
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By Phone 
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If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact the HPAC Executive Committee at hpacchair@gmail.com

Cannot Attend the Meeting? SDOT still wants your feedback!

SDOT is collecting community input on proposed improvements at Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St.

This project in the early design stage, around 10%, and community input will help shape future design. SDOT staff is also considering new traffic volumes with the closure of the West Seattle Bridge and restrictions on the Low Bridge (Spokane Street Bridge).
 
Share your input by taking a survey about improvements to Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St. Learn more about the project by watching the recorded presentation on SDOT’s project webpage.

2020 Micro-Community Policing Plans for Online Focus Group for Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department to conduct ongoing research on community crime concerns. Qualitative concerns allow SU researchers to collaborate with SPD leadership to improve the city’s community policing initiative.

As part of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans, Seattle University’s Micro-Community Policing Plans Research Analysts invite those who live and/or work in Seattle to respond to focus group questions citywide in each of the city’s 58 micro-communities regarding community perceptions of crime, safety, and police legitimacy, as well as knowledge of and satisfaction with the MCPP. The focus group questions offer an opportunity to provide feedback to the Seattle Police Department on crime and public safety in Seattle, as a check-in between the administration of the Seattle Public Safety Survey every Fall.

COVID-19 Update

As a result of the COVID-19 situation, this year the focus group questions will only be distributed online via a short open-ended survey and we have added a question on perceptions on the impact of COVID-19 on crime and public safety.

The questionnaire is accessible at https://seattleux.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56jtU5ZxV67i6vH from May through August 2020.

Information obtained from the focus group will help inform your neighborhood’s MCPP, so please come share your concerns and suggestions! Thank you in advance for taking the time to offer your perspective on crime and public safety in Seattle via the online focus group questions.

Response from SDOT from HPAC’s Request for Traffic Mitigation Plan

HPAC received this follow up response on the questions posed during our 4/22/2020 meeting and our follow up letter sent on 5/4/2020 from SDOT. We have received several other areas of concerns and needs from neighbors and HPAC will be sending a follow up letter with those additional requests. If you have additional requests/areas of need, please email hpacchair@gmail.com.

Dear Highland Park Action Committee and community members, 

Thank you again for the opportunity to present and answer questions about the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge Safety Project at the Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) meeting April 22.  Adiam Emery, James Le and I attended to share information and answer questions about the West Seattle Bridge closure and its impacts to the Highland Park neighborhood.  

The meeting resulted in several questions and comments from HPAC committee members, which we recapped and shared with you April 24 and committed to responding to share additional information by today, May 5. 

While this is only the continuation of an ongoing conversation and partnership, included below are answers to many of the important questions you’ve raised. We have worked diligently to be as responsive and prompt as possible and acknowledge that this is only the start. While some of HPAC’s thoughtful requests require a more comprehensive evaluation and response that we hope to address through continued dialogue, SDOT has been able to complete or directly answer many of your suggested improvements. Please let us know if you or your committee members have follow-up questions or comments.  

We also want to confirm receipt of your May 4 letter and thank you for the time and thought HPAC put into refining and bringing new suggested improvements to our attention. Within a matter of days and hours, we have also worked hard to directly address all of these additional items. We look forward to attending your May 25 monthly meeting to continue discussion on traffic management during the bridge closure and talk specifically about the Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Safety project. Thank you for the initiation. We remain committed to attending any HPAC meeting you’d like us to participate in – the same standing offer SDOT has provided to all organizations in Southwest Seattle. 

Below are the specific requests we heard from HPAC – at both your meeting and in your letter – with the status of each request: 

Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Intersection 

  • Request for a left-hand turn signal for turning onto SW Holden St from northbound lane on Highland Park Way SW 
    • Status/update: We installed a temporary traffic signal at this intersection and it’s not currently possible to add a left-hand turn signal to it. We are, however, sharing this feedback with the team designing the permanent traffic signal scheduled to be installed in 2021. 
  • Request for extra traction on uphill southbound lane on Highland Park Way SW 
    • Status/update: The Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Safety project team will evaluate high friction surface treatment. This treatment has typically been done where crashes have occurred when roadway conditions were slippery. 
  • Request for separate green signals for pedestrians and drivers in the northwest corner of the intersection  
    • Status/update: We installed a temporary traffic signal at this intersection and it’s not currently possible to add these features to it. We are, however, sharing this feedback with the team designing the permanent traffic signal scheduled to be installed in 2021. 

Turning from arterial streets onto SW Holden St 

  • Request to see painting and/or signage to prohibit blocking of the intersections  
    • Status/update: Because these treatments have limited effectiveness and high maintenance costs, SDOT is focusing on more effective tools, many of which are below and will also be reflected in the neighborhood traffic plans we are preparing.  

Traffic calming in the neighborhood Status/update: SDOT is developing a neighborhood-specific plan to evaluate concerns like these and should have drafts ready as soon as two weeks.) 

  • Request to add more traffic calming throughout the neighborhood 
    • Status/updated: We are responding to cut-through and safety service requests as we receive them from community members and based on observations by our traffic engineers in the field. We are also working to keep the arterial street network moving efficiently to encourage its use instead of the residential system some choose to use for longer trips. 
  • Request to add calming near Sanislo Elementary School 
    • Status/update: In summer 2018, SDOT crews completed improvements for the Sanislo Elementary Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project, making it safer and easier for kids, families, and neighbors to walk and bike to Sanislo Elementary School through the intersections of SW Orchard St and 18th Ave SW and SW Myrtle St and 18th Ave SW. Question for HPAC: Can you clarify specific locations of additional traffic calming you would like SDOT to focus on?  

Requests for dedicated turn signals  

  • 16th Ave SW and SW Holden St  
    • Status/update: SDOT can do a restripe here consistent with the Your Voice, Your Choice project that was selected for construction this year. It does not provide a turn signal, but provides a dedicated place for people to wait for a gap in approaching traffic.  
  • 16th Ave SW and SW Roxbury St 
    • Status/update: This is a complicated request that would require channelization changes with additional impacts. We can get back to you on this idea as we engage the neighborhood on the collaborative neighborhood traffic plan that we are developing.  We will bring a draft to your next meeting.   
  • 8th Ave SW and SW Roxbury St 
    • Status/update: We are not currently budgeted to add this signal to the existing mast arm. 

Traffic signal adjustments to address traffic backups   

  • 16th Ave SW and SW Holden St 
    • Status/update: In progress. SDOT is planning to make this adjustment by the end of May. 
  • Delridge Way SW and SW Holden  
    • Status/update: Timing changes were made in the last couple of weeks and we will continue monitoring this intersection. 
  • SW Orchard St and Delridge Way SW 
    • Question for HPAC: Can you provide more specific information on what signal adjustments you’d like to see at this intersection?  
  • 8th Ave SW and SW Roxbury St 
    • Status/update: We are updating the controller on this signal in the next two weeks.  

SRoxbury St, Olson Pl SW, and 4th Ave SW 

  • Request for additional marked crosswalks 
    • Status/update: We’re making safety improvements for people walking at the SW Roxbury St and Olson Pl SW intersection as part of Seattle’s Vision Zero program. This intersection is in both the City of Seattle and unincorporated King County and requires cross-jurisdictional collaboration. The West Seattle Bridge team is in contact with the Roxbury/Olson intersection project team to share HPAC’s request for expedited implementation. We will update you when we learn more about the timeline.  

King County Metro Route 131 

  • Request for bus only lane on Highland Park Way SW  
    • Status/update: We will have further details in our next response to HPAC on May 19. We are collecting traffic counts here to see if this is feasible with the changing travel patterns since the bridge closure. 
  • Request to adjust signal at Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St for bus priority 
    • Status/update: This request will also be evaluated as part of the Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Safety project.  
  • Request to increase Route 131 service  
    • Status/update: We shared this idea with Metro, and they are engaged in a transit planning exercise for West Seattle. 

Pedestrian path on the east side of Highland Park Way SW after the SW Holden St intersection 

  • Request to consider widening the path to allow for more use  
    • Status/update: The Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Safety project team is exploring options on widening the path to make it more attractive for pedestrians and bikes. We will have further details in our next response to HPAC on May 19. 
  • Request to clean moss off from path  
    • Status/update: SDOT will clean this pathway in the next two weeks.  

West Marginal Way S  

  • Request for better bike lane marking at the intersection with Highland Park Way SW   
  • Status/update: We will have further details in our next response to HPAC on May 19. The Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St Safety project team will be looking at ways to widen the existing path (east side of Highland Park Way SW) and will also look at markings to enhance bike visibility to the widened path.  
  • Request to fill potholes and fix road deterioration near the railroad tracks   
    • Status/update: SDOT has driven and regularly monitors the detour routes, including West Marginal Way S. As part of this process, we identified and prioritized pothole improvements along those routes. The location where West Marginal Way S and the railroad meet is maintained by BNSF Railway. We have notified BNSF of these issues.  
  • Request for two lanes northbound at the intersection with Highland Park Way SW   
    • Status/update: Due to the geometry of the intersection, this would require removing a southbound lane approaching the intersection and would have unintended consequences.  We are not moving forward with this recommendation.  

Cut-through traffic on local streets  

  • Request to add signage on local streets to help with cut-throughs   
  • Request to add stop signs at unmarked intersections   
  • Request for east to west monitoring, specifically at 35th and Delridge  
  • Request to make some streets one-way to help with cut-through traffic   
  • Request for a stop sign at 11th and Kenyon   
    • Status/update: Cut-through traffic is a complicated issue. Any attempts to eliminate or discourage cut-through traffic may solve the issue on one street, but most likely will have secondary, unintended impacts on adjacent streets within the neighborhood. As a result, evaluating cut-through traffic requires a comprehensive neighborhood traffic study to quantify the problem, develop neighborhood-wide solutions and build consensus. We can get back to you on this idea as we engage the neighborhood on the collaborative neighborhood traffic plan that we are developing. We will bring a draft to your next meeting.    

HPAC Question: Can you send us a list of all the locations where stop signs are requested noting which leg(s) of the intersection the signs you’re requesting would face? We will cross-reference past requests and follow-up with you about next steps.  

For monitoring traffic, we are installing cameras at these intersections for SDOT staff to monitor in real-time:  

  • 35th Ave SW and SW Roxbury St  
  • 35th Ave SW and SW Barton St  
  • 35th Ave SW and SW Holden St  
  • 35th Ave SW and SW Morgan St (installed)  
  • Delridge Way SW, 16th Ave SW, and SW Roxbury St  

Additional requests and comments   

  • Request for Seattle Police Department enforcement in the neighborhood, specifically on 16th Ave SW  
    • Status/update: Our Vision Zero team will share this request with SPD during its monthly coordination meeting. In addition, I am briefing SPD command staff to discuss traffic enforcement based on new travel patterns created by the West Seattle Bridge closure.   
  • Request for SDOT to reconsider requests from previous Your Voice, Your Choice applications and the report from Mayor Murray walkthrough  
    • Status/update: We are reviewing each and every Your Voice, Your Choice application from the community to see what’s feasible in light of the bridge closure.  
  • Request for more information about East Marginal Way S project  
  • Request for improvements on 20th Ave SW, including a new sidewalk  
    • Status/update: Sidewalks are prioritized based on several metrics and are a long-term improvement that requires a comprehensive planning process.   
  • Request to look at bike network through the neighborhood, specifically the greenway on 11th and improving Webster.  
    • Status/update: We are working on a comprehensive bike network in West Seattle.  Implementation of this effort is not funded. We will include these ideas in the collaborative neighborhood traffic plan that we are developing and will bring a draft to your next meeting.    
  • Request for additional passenger-only ferries from Fauntleroy and Alki  
    • Status/update: We are working with King County Metro Transit, Washington State Ferries, and private companies on this idea. Shifting some of the personal vehicle trips to ferry or water taxi trips is a high priority during the closure.   
  • A commitment from the City to repair the streets that were damaged during the bridge closure.   
    • Status/update: We prioritize paving based on street pavement condition, traffic volume, geographic equity, cost, and opportunities for grants or coordination with other projects in the area. We will continue to reassess our paving list based on observed pavement conditions in your community because of new traffic patterns from the bridge closure. In the meantime, we are breaking ground on a major paving project on Delridge Way SW this year.  
  • Heavy freight routes clearly designated and enforced.   
    • Status/update: This has been completed. In addition to revising the detour routes for clarity, we have also modified signing for clarity approaching the Low Bridge and signal operations along the alternate routes. We have freight route maps and are communicating all bridge-related updates with SDOT’s Freight Advisory Board and freight stakeholders.  
  • We want an immediate bridge replacement plan without a $33 million expenditure for the current bridge or a two-year evaluation period. SDOT’s current plan will put an undue burden on the daily lives of our West Seattle residents.   
    • Status/update: Along with our partners, we have made the reopening and mitigation of the West Seattle Bridge closing a top priority with teams working tirelessly to safely restore access. At present, however, the bridge will remain closed until further notice. At this time, we cannot give a definitive date for when the High Bridge will reopen, but we anticipate a lengthy closure. In the immediate term, we will take all measures to preserve the integrity of the bridge so a long-term solution can be put in place. We are working tirelessly with our partners to assess what near-repairs need to be made now and in the future, how long they will take, and how to fund them. We will continue to share updates as we have them.  
  • Reverse the closing SW Trenton St from 17th Ave SW to 10th Ave SW as part of the ‘Stay Healthy Streets’ initiative.  
    • Status/update: We are contacting our colleagues who worked to bring Stay Healthy Streets to your community with this feedback.  

Follow-up Questions  

  • Will there be more shuttles running within West Seattle? Will there be on-demand shuttles similar to when the 99 bridge was closed?   
    • Status/update: We are working with King County Metro Transit on this idea. They are engaged in a transit planning exercise for West Seattle.  
  • What is the plan for if the Low Bridge has to be closed?  
    • Status/update: We do not anticipate the Low Bridge to be closed unless the High-Rise bridge is at risk of failure. If this is the case, our safety plan can be found here. We have implemented more frequent monitoring of the Low Bridge, as well as completed maintenance to ensure it remains open and safe during the High-Rise bridge closure.   
  • Has King County Metro considered providing free bus service to encourage more people to take transit?   
    • Status/update: We have shared this idea with King County Metro Transit.  They are engaged in a transit planning exercise for West Seattle.  
  • Can we get “in neighborhood” buses between Highland Park and Westwood Village to minimize driving within the neighborhood by residents?  
    • Status/update: We have shared this idea with King County Metro Transit.  They are engaged in a transit planning exercise for West Seattle.  

We know the closure of the West Seattle Bridge has had a significant impact in Highland Park, as well as South Park, Georgetown, and SODO. The West Seattle Bridge was really the center of many of our lives. We understand the concerns addressed both in the April meeting and your letter, and we will work closely with your community on traffic management and safety until these issues are better understood. 

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or comments. Otherwise we look forward to continuing the dialogue with you and will follow-up with any outstanding answers to existing questions. Thank you. 

Sincerely, 
Heather Marx, Seattle Department of Transportation

Our next HPAC meeting will be May 27, 2020 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm via zoom (online) and will post login information in the next few days.

HPAC Request to Mayor Durkan, Seattle City Council and SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe: A comprehensive and detailed traffic mitigation and enhanced transit plan for Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge during the West Seattle Bridge closure

May 4, 2020

To:       Mayor Jenny Durkan

Councilmembers: Herbold, Pedersen, Gonzalez, Morales, Sawant, Juarez, Strauss, Lewis, and Mosqueda

CC: Sam Zimbabwe

On behalf of the residents of the Highland Park, South Delridge and Riverview neighborhoods, HPAC is requesting a timely, comprehensive and detailed traffic mitigation and enhanced transit plan with a commitment to react to real-time problems for the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge swiftly throughout the duration of the West Seattle Bridge closure. We have outlined several areas that need to be addressed before May 31, 2020, when traffic will increase as the stay at home order begins to lift.

As you know, this area is in the direct path of two of the alternate routes to the First Avenue South bridge, via SW Holden/Highland Park Way on the north, and Roxbury/Cloverdale on the south. These three neighborhoods are mainly residential and have had limited street infrastructure improvements over the last 25 years or more. The impact of additional vehicle traffic is already being felt, particularly on streets that were not designed to handle 20,000 vehicles a day, let alone up to 100,000 vehicles.

We are aware that the damage recently found on the West Seattle Bridge causing its subsequent closure has led to numerous impacts echoing across the peninsula, but we are now in week 7 of the closure and very few of the public concerns that have been raised have been adequately addressed. From all public accounts, the City of Seattle is supposed to have a plan in place if/when an earthquake happens. Were there no plans made if bridges and other infrastructure fail, including the West Seattle Bridge? Why are none of these plans, if they exist, being put into place? 

The response from SDOT has been underwhelming to say the least, particularly having to wait TWO YEARS before the West Seattle Bridge is to be repaired or replaced. This is untenable and unacceptable for the residents of West Seattle.

We raised many suggestions and concerns to SDOT at HPAC’s April 22nd meeting, a meeting which we had to repeatedly request for them to attend. We would like to see proactive and ongoing engagement from SDOT with our neighborhoods throughout this situation.

Overall, we want to know how will SDOT “tweak” the traffic flow to allow the 100,000 vehicles to flow on/ off the peninsula? Having tens of thousands of vehicles snake through our neighborhoods on roads that are not built for that traffic flow requires out-of-the box thinking from SDOT and a mutual commitment between the City of Seattle and the public who live, work, and will eventually be going back to school, in the area.

Issues and areas that need to be addressed before the stay at home order is lifted:

1. At the intersection of Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St:

  • A left-hand turn signal is needed for turning onto SW Holden from Highland Park Way/9th Ave SW northbound. Currently, traffic coming up the hill on Highland Park Way and going right does not stop, with SW Holden being so narrow, only one car being turning onto SW Holden, so traffic trying to turn left are stuck at the light for several cycles or cutting through SW Portland St at higher speeds.
  • Extra traction on the uphill southbound lane on Highland Park Way.
  • Separate green signals for pedestrians and drivers in the northwest corner of the intersection.

2. Traffic signal adjustments to address traffic backups at the following intersections:

  • Add a left hand turn signal at 16th Ave SW and SW Holden St as previously requested for over the last 6 years.
  • Delridge Way SW and SW Holden St.
  • Orchard St. and Delridge Way SW
  • 8th St and SW Roxbury St.

3.  Traffic calming features on our neighborhood streets:

  • For the school zones of Chief Sealth HS, Roxhill Elementary, Sanislo Elementary and Highland Park Elementary.
  • Police presence to curb excessive speeding on 16th Ave SW
  • Signage at 4-way intersections to ease transit for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. Signs along SW Thistle St at 20th and 18th Ave. Stop sign at 11th and Kenyon St.
  • Work with the neighborhoods to identify streets to become one-way to help mitigate cut-through traffic.

4. Turning onto SW Holden St from streets both east and west of Delridge Way is extremely difficult with increased traffic.

  • Mitigation requested.

5.  West Marginal Way S:

  • Increase the number of lanes to get onto the on ramp for the 1st Ave bridge.
  • Request for better bike lane marking at the intersection with Highland Park Way SW
  • Request to fill potholes and fix road deterioration near the railroad tracks
  • Request for two lanes northbound at the intersection with Highland Park Way SW

6. Pedestrian path on the east side of Highland Park Way after the SW Holden intersection:

  • Request to consider widening the path to allow for more use
  • Request to clean moss off from path

7. Left hand turn signal requests at the following intersections:

  • 16th Ave SW and SW Holden St
  • 16th Ave SW and SW Roxbury St.
  • 8th Ave SW and Roxbury St.

8. King County Metro Route 131

  • Make a bus only lane starting at SW Holden and Highland Park Way going on through to West Marginal Way then over the 1st Ave bridge towards Seattle.
  • Request to adjust signal at Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden for bus priority  
  • Increase Route 131 service.

9. We want to clearly understand the traffic patterns throughout the peninsula. SDoT has never taken into consideration the east-west traffic flow throughout West Seattle. We want to know what routes people are taking and which streets are becoming major arterials. Monitoring should be placed at the following intersections:

  • SW Orchard St. and SW 35th Ave
  • SW Orchard St. and Delridge Way SW
  • SW Holden St. and SW 35th Ave
  • SW Holden St. and Delridge Way SW
  • SW Thistle St. and California Ave SW
  • SW Thistle St. and SW 35th Ave
  • SW Thistle St. and Delridge Way SW
  • SW Trenton St. and SW 35th Ave
  • SW Trenton St. and Delridge Way SW
  • SW Barton St. and SW 35th Ave
  • SW Henderson St. and Delridge Way SW
  • SW Henderson St. and 9th Ave SW
  • SW Roxbury St. and 35th Ave SW
  • SW Roxbury St. and Delridge Way SW
  • SW Roxbury St. and 9th Ave SW
  • Olson Pl SW and 1st Ave S

10. For the City of Seattle to increase Metro bus service for access for east and west transit on the peninsula itself i.e. access to California St./ Junction areas only offer the 128, which is hard for the rest of the peninsula to get to without using their cars.

  • The transfers through the Westwood Village has been difficult for Highland Park riders since the reroute of the 136/137. Highland Park and Delridge Neighborhoods have been designated food deserts by the city.

11. A commitment from the City to repair the streets that were damaged during the bridge closure.

  • Once traffic resumes we will have a better understanding of which of the streets that will be, but assume at least: Roxbury St, Delridge Way SW, SW 35th Ave, Highland Park Way SW, and Olson Way SW.

12. Heavy freight routes clearly designated and enforced.

  • This type of vehicle will cause massive and immediate damage to our more residential streets (i.e. Holden St) and will significantly slow traffic since these types of vehicles will have issues turning the tight corners. Both Avalon St. and Roxbury with their wider lanes and concrete enforced lanes are better suited for this type of transit.

13. We want an immediate bridge replacement plan without a $33 million expenditure for the current bridge or a two-year evaluation period. SDOT’s current plan will put an undue burden on the daily lives of our West Seattle residents.

Please learn from the I35 bridge failure and replacement in Minneapolis and the rapid rebuild of the Genoa, Italy bridge. No one waited for two years before making a decision on viability – just replace this bridge.  

Lastly, but most immediate: Reverse the closing SW Trenton St from 17th Ave SW to 10th Ave SW as part of the ‘Stay Healthy Streets’ initiative.

  • SW Trenton is a minor arterial road with usage of 7,000 vehicles pre-Covid and pre-bridge collapse. The street is used by residents of Highland Park and Riverview to access Westwood Village Shopping Center and buses/ cars to access Highland Park Elementary. This closure has blocked off the entrance and parking lot to the school.
  • Please identify another location to serve our area with this innovative and needed initiative.

The residents of Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge look forward to receiving acknowledgement about our concerns, an immediate action plan, and plan for how the City and SDOT will engage with our neighborhoods on immediate and long range solutions. We look forward to your response. Our next meeting will be May 27, 2020 via zoom and would appreciate an update on the progress of these requests.

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott, chair

Marianne McCord, Vice Chair

Craig Rankin, Vice Chair

Kay Kirpatrick, member at large

Video of Ask SDOT about the West Seattle Bridge at HPAC on Weds. April, 22, 2020

Here is the link to view last night’s HPAC meeting with SDOT. We missed the first few minutes of the presentation in the recording. Much of the Q&A was focused on the concerns about the impact of the detour through South Delridge, Riverview, and Highland Park. We are also expecting to receive response from questions submitted prior to the meeting in the near future.

Meeting Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ycpZL5fSxm1Of9bOxG_kY6MMHKPFeaa81ShLq_oKykhg4VRLvZOE12I9R3Da8uTM

Send questions, comments and raise concerns to 206-684-762 or email 684-Road@seattle.gov and visit SDOT’s West Seattle Bridge Project page.

Ask SDOT what’s up with the West Seattle Bridge and 100,000 cars expected to go through our neighborhoods? Join HPAC’s April 22nd Virtual Meeting

HPAC April Virtual Meeting
April 22, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

HPAC meetings for the next few months will be virtual only – in order to comply with the #StayHomeStayHealthy order in place in King County. When available, meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the our website: https://www.hpacws.org

HPAC Virtual meetings are limited to 100 participants (this is due to cost of the software and what HPAC has the budget for) and are intended for residents of Highland Park, South Delridge, and Riverview, if you are not a resident of one of these neighborhoods, we ask you kindly to step back from attending this one.

Councilmember Herbold is also organizing an “electronic town hall” for 5-6:30 pm this Wednesday as well with SDOT that will be open to all.

April Agenda:
7:00: Welcome and overview of attending a virtual meeting

7:10: Q & A with SDOT: Impact of West Seattle Bridge Closure on Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.

A representative from SDOT will attend to answer questions about the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge closure and how it impacts our neighborhood, as well as provide an update on the intersection at Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden Street.

7:50: Outstanding Items/Closing

To join the HPAC April Virtual Zoom Meeting

By Computer/Tablet:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2062061919?pwd=MzNYckV4SzZnMTQ0bVhVaHU5dHZLUT09
Meeting ID: 206 206 1919
Password: 417352

By Phone:
        +1 669 900 6833 US
Meeting ID: 206 206 1919
Password: 417352

Using a smartphone with one tap mobile:
+16699006833,,2062061919#,,#,417352#

Highland Park Way and SW Holden Temporary Traffic Light Being Installed

As soon as HPAC leadership learned that the West Seattle Bridge would be closing, we reached out to our contacts at SDOT, Jim Curtain, James Le, and Adonis Ducksworth as well as Councilmember Lisa Herbold requesting traffic mitigation for our area, specifically temporary traffic lights.

We asked how SDOT was going to shore up safety for HIghland Park Way / SW Holden and 16th SW and SW Holden with the anticipated shift in traffic – even if it is lighter during the stay at home order, we anticipated it will still mean an increase. We requested a temporary traffic signal and a plan to increase pedestrian and bike safety in the area.

Today, SDOT began installing the traffic signals.

Please practice social distancing and repress the urge to cut through any of the streets off SW Holden. 

Once the West Seattle Bridge was closed, traffic did increase so did the cars cutting through 13th Ave SW, 12th Ave SW, 11th Ave SW, SW Portland St. and SW Kenyon St. HPAC has put out the call for drivers not use the Highland Park and Riverview neighborhoods as cut throughs to avoid waiting to turn left on Highland Park Way.

With the West Seattle Bridge is closed, this leaves just 2 ways off the peninsular to Seattle, one being the 1st Ave bridge via Highland Park Way. If this was normal traffic time you would be backed up on SW Holden St from at least 16th SW, but maybe not right now. Whatever the case, do not cut through Highland Park side streets, it is not any faster then waiting to make the left. You are more likely to get T-boned on the side streets, more likely to hit a pedestrian, more likely to hit a parked car… all things those are awful and expensive in so many ways. Now, with the traffic light, you will encounter that from all directions.

Additionally, with folks heeding the stay at home order we have an increase in individuals and families taking neighborhood walks, biking and dog walking on the side streets. It is even more important to stop at four way intersections, even if there is not a stop sign.

Long-Term Plan: The Highland Park Intersections Improvements Project

As noted back in November 2019, Seattle City Council adopted the budget with the Highland Park intersections improvements project. The budget schedule includes $900,000 for 2020, $1.5 million for 2021 and $1.5 million for 2022. It was SDOT’s intention to hold an open house for the community to review proposed designs and give feedback. HPAC has an ask out to SDOT about other ways to gather this feedback and keep the project on track. We are tentatively still keeping our schedule April meeting on the calendar, although it may be held virtually.

See SDOT’s Project Page for more information and the early design plan.

Taking a Walk? It’s a great time (and great exercise) to pick up trash.

Interested in doing some spring cleaning of our sidewalks and streets? HPAC can provide trash grabbers and bags, you supply your gloves and walking shoes. If you would like to partake in the HPAC spring clean-up on your own schedule, email hpacchair@gmail.com and we provide you with the pick up location of the trash grabbers and bags.

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