Special Meeting: SDOT to Present Highland Park/South Delridge/Riverview Neighborhood Prioritization Survey Results

Thursday, Aug 13, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Via Virtual Meeting: The meeting is open to all, but due to our 100 person Zoom capacity we will prioritize attendees from Highland Park, South Delridge, Riverview and Roxhill.

Join HPAC and SDOT on a presentation and discussion about the Highland Park/South Delridge/Riverview Traffic Survey Results.

About The Neighborhood Prioritization Process
The survey was to enable neighborhoods to prioritize which projects felt, as a community, would best address the impacts of the High-Bridge closure. The survey included 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 included 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 or by email  westseattlebridge@seattle.gov or by calling 206-400-7511.

See also HPAC’s response and concerns to the process


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HPAC brings concerns regarding the Reconnect West Seattle Community voting process to Seattle Council

HPAC continues to raise issues with SDOT’s process for mitigating the impact on the detour through Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge

July 20, 2020

Dear Councilperson Pedersen,

This feedback is to express our grave concern and request clarifications regarding the Reconnect West Seattle Community; in particular on the Roxhill, Highland Park, Riverview, S. Delridge Prioritization Ballot.

The very large number of projects offered speaks to the historically ignored infrastructure needs in these neighborhoods, which are now suddenly front and center and being asked to host the tremendous amount of bypass traffic off the peninsula. We commend SDOT for listening to the community input and trying to get as many things onto this list as possible. With the personal safety goal of Vision Zero as a target, ideas for a number of ways that traffic can be addressed and calmed are offered. However, funding is unclear.

  • Assuming that we have 10 projects at 100K each, may we count on the city allocating one million dollars to these neighborhoods? Or, is this a ‘not to exceed’ cap? Who will make the final recommendations?

The process within the agencies and the WSBTF is unclear, and the results uncertain to the neighborhood.

In regards to the balloting itself, the document is difficult to understand. We’ve spent 3+ hours converting the formatting to sort it in a logical way, tracking each project on the accompanying map and noting specifics and relationships between the suggested projects. The map itself is incredibly disconcerting.

  • Please note the (at least) 26 reference point numbers that are not on the voter survey. Please see image.

This confusing presentation could result in scattered and ill-informed input from the public to be misinterpreted by the agencies involved, leading to results that do not reflect what the community is actually asking for.

The process for addition and consideration of ideas that are not on the ballot is also unclear. For example, we have a legacy “cut through” route (20th Ave SW) between SW Holden and Delridge that is nearly untenable now; it doesn’t appear to have much help offered through this process and could be expensive to address. How do we help advocate for these horribly impacted neighbors?

We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. We are resolved to assist in outreaching this planning but are dismayed at the form, contents and speed of the action to date.

We eagerly invite you to join us on a socially distanced tour of the neighborhood so that you can observe the serious traffic burdens that our neighborhood is feeling already. 

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott, Chair
Craig Rankin, Vice Chair
Kay Kirpatrick, Executive Member
Donna Burns, Executive Member
HPACchair@gmail.com
www.hpacws.org

Stop By Reconnect West Seattle Virtual Office Hours

Reconnect West Seattle is SDOT’s vision to restore travel across the Duwamish to similar levels seen before the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge closure and to reduce the impact of detour traffic in Duwamish Valley neighborhoods.

 SDOT has a survey and multiple neighborhood ballots currently open to hear community ideas and needs during the West Seattle Bridge closure. 

Do you have questions about the Reconnect West Seattle surveys? Want more information on a proposed improvement? Need help filling out a neighborhood prioritization ballot or survey?

Please stop by SDOT’s virtual office hours to get your questions answered. Technical experts will be available to provide more details about Reconnect West Seattle and the neighborhood prioritization process before the ballots and surveys close on July 31. 

Dates Time How to Access the Office Hours
Wednesday, July 29 12 PM – 1 PM Link to the online meeting.Audio conference information: To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.+1-408-418-9388 Event number (access code): 146 470 3249
Thursday, July 30 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Link to the online meeting.Audio conference information: To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.+1-408-418-9388 Event number (access code): 146 492 4055

The office hours will be hosted through Webex using the links above. Ask your question in the chat function, and we will assign a technical staff member to respond. Questions not asked in the office hours can be sent to westseattlebridge@seattle.gov or 206-400-7511. Recordings of the virtual office hours will be posted on the Reconnect West Seattle webpage

NOTE: These virtual office hours will be limited to answering questions about the Reconnect West Seattle survey and the neighborhood prioritization process. All other questions about the bridge closure, low bridge policy, or other related items should be directed to westseattlebridge@seattle.gov or 206-400-7511. 

Visit our West Seattle High-Rise Bridge website to stay up-to-date on the bridge, see frequently asked questions, view inspection reports, and find links to our West Seattle Bridge blogs. 

1. 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.

Join us this week for a drop in virtual conversation about SDOT’s Reconnect West Seattle Survey

Drop-in to HPAC for virtual conversation on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 07:00 PM about the
Reconnect West Seattle Survey for Roxhill, Highland Park, Riverview, S. Delridge.
Are you confused by the survey?
Want to advocate for ideas not on the survey with neighbors?
Drop into this Zoom session for an open ballot discussion!


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See SDOT’s West Seattle Bridge Project for more information about Reconnect West Seattle

HPAC Urges Council to Support the amendment to the STBD ballot measure to make Routes 131, 132, and 128 and 113 eligible

July 17, 2020

Dear Council Members

HPAC, which represents the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge, and are currently one of the impacted areas of the detour due to the closure of the West Seattle Bridge, urges you to support an amendment to the STBD ballot measure to make Routes 131, 132, and 128 and 113 eligible to receive funding from the STBD as proposed by CM Herbold. 

We look forward to Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) ballot measure which funds extra Seattle bus service beyond KC Metro funding, but the existing criteria for funding service requires 65% of stops to be within Seattle, which leaves out these routes due to the % figures for stops below. The amendment allows for funding for routes serving historically low-income communities that are below 65%:

Highland Park

Route 113 (55%)

Route 128 (53%)

Route 131 (61%)

South Park

Routes 132 (47%)

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.

Our neighborhoods suffers from a historical lack of investment that has held the neighborhood back in numerous ways. A traditionally working-class area that provided affordable housing for workers in the industrial Duwamish Valley below, boom and bust cycles over the last century have acutely restricted the area’s growth and prosperity, leading to the neighborhood being redlined in the 1930s. Even today, with the exception of South Park, Highland Park remains one of the most (if not the most) affordable neighborhoods on the Duwamish peninsula.

Data the American Community Survey (5-year Series, 2009-2013) show that Highland Park (Census Tract 113) has a lower median income ($53,182) than Seattle as a whole ($65,277). Additionally, Highland Park has a higher proportion of residents who identify as a race or ethnicity other than White (49.8% versus Seattle’s 29.4%).

In Census Tract 265, which overlays the southeastern-most portion of Highland Park in the City of Seattle and a portion of White Center (part of the North Highline unincorporated urban area), the proportion of residents who identify as a race or ethnicity other than White increases to 60.1%, while the Median Household Income drops to $35,857.

Those with lower household incomes have less access to private cars which makes public transit often their only option to get jobs, school, and conduct daily life. Additionally, to access frequent transit, like the Rapid Ride lines, requires folks to take the 131 or the 128 to access the Rapid Ride C or the future H line. The route 131 is also one the closest route that serves the Duwamish Longhouse, even at 1.5 miles away.

As we have at least two years of this detour through our neighborhoods, we must do everything we can to get folks out of cars and onto public transit. Please include these routes in the STDB measure.

Thank you

Gunner Scott

Chair, HPAC: Neighbors Building Community in Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge

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)

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

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.

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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

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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
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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

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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.

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