Contact Seattle City Council ask them to support Highland Park Way Safety Corridor Project in the 2020 Budget

Please consider calling or emailing all the members of the Seattle City Council before Nov. 4, 2019. You can email the all the city council members at council@seattle.gov

Sample Email:

Dear Councilmember,

I am writing asking for your support for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor as proposed in the Mayor’s 2020 budget under SDOT’s Vision Zero capital projects.

The Highland Park Way Safety Corridor includes $900,000 for Highland Park Intersection Improvements which will provide a much needed traffic signal at Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street with traffic calming, new sidewalks and curb ramps. This project is in line with the city’s Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan.

As a resident of West Seattle, I frequently use Highland Park Way to access the peninsula and the at the intersection SW Holden Street is there is an immediate need of significant improvements to increase safety not just for vehicles, but also bicycles, buses, and pedestrians alike.

I strongly urge you to support the funding for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor in the 2020 budget.

If you have any questions, please contact me at __________.

Sincerely,

Your name
You address

View HPAC’s letter to Seattle City Council.

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

October 27, 2019

Dear Seattle City Councilmember,

Highland Park Action Coalition (HPAC) is asking for your support for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor as proposed in the Mayor’s 2020 budget under SDOT’s Vision Zero capital projects.

The Highland Park Way Safety Corridor includes $900,000 for Highland Park Intersection Improvements which will provide a much needed traffic signal at Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street with traffic calming, new sidewalks and curb ramps. This project is in line with the city’s Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan.

As you know, Highland Park Way is one of only three access points on or off the West Seattle peninsular. Our current infrastructure has not been adequate to meet the demands of the increasing density in the Highland Park and the adjacent communities, such as those coming from the south Delridge corridor, Westwood village (an urban village), White Center, High Point, and the South Seattle College area.

The design of the current intersection does not provide a safe route for pedestrian crossing or for bicycling. Pedestrians are often crossing 3 lanes of traffic without marked crosswalks just to access a King County Metro 131 bus stop, the only bus that runs on this side of the neighborhood. Bicyclists also must navigate 3 lanes of traffic and a 4 way intersection with one stop sign at SW Holden and Highland Park Way and yield signs at the other 3 intersections in order to access the bike trail that goes over the 1st Ave bridge.

In the last two week there have 3 crashes at this intersection and at least 117 between 2014 – 2018, with 2 fatalities, that have been reported. During peak commute hours, traffic on SW Holden St backs up to 16th Ave SW, as commuters try to access Highland Park Way SW as SW Holden St. is the most direct route from several major and minor arterial roads in the area.

The Highland Park neighborhood has been advocating since the 1940s, over 70 years, for infrastructure improvements for the intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden, because of consistent accidents that could have been avoided. Since 2015, we have heard that addressing this intersection is a “priority” for SDOT. 

In 2018, we requested resistance from Mayor Durkin in closing the funding gap for the Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street Project.

Funding being allocated in this budget would be fulling the commitment to equitable development. As a formerly redlined, now moderate income neighborhood, with more than 50% of our neighbors are people of color, more than 20% speak another language other than English, 37% are single parents, 15% commute by public transit and the median income is around 45k, this would not just be a significant equitable investment, but would greatly increase the quality of life for our community.

HPAC strongly urges you to support the funding for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor.

If you have any questions, please contact me at hpacchair@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott
2019 HPAC Chair

Published by HPAC

Neighbors Building Community: Advocating for Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge. An all volunteer group made up of neighbors, local business, and community organizations advocating for neighborhood infrastructure, community resources, and livability.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: