HPAC requests a feasibility study of a mini-roundabout intersection control solution at Highland Park Way SW / SW Holden St.

Sam Zimbabwe, Director    
Seattle Department of Transportation 
700 5th Ave Suite 3800     
Seattle, WA 98104                                                                      

June 30, 2019

CC: Mayor Jenny Durkin; CM Lisa Herbold; CM Mike O’Brien; Jim Curtain; Adonis Ducksworth; Brian Dougherty; James Le

RE: Request for a feasibility study of a mini-roundabout intersection control solution at Highland Park Way SW / SW Holden St.

Dear Mr. Zimbabwe,

On May 22, 2019, HPAC learned that cost estimate for a compact roundabout at Highland Park Way and SW Holden St. went from approximately 2.5 million to 7.3 million – a 192% increase. Over the last 6 years that HPAC members have been advocating through Neighborhood Street Fund for something to be done at this intersection, the cost estimate has gone from 1.2 million now to 7.3 million, 460% increase. Even at its lowest estimate, it seemed like an impossible amount to raise, particularly after being turned down for WA state grants, twice.

We are concerned that SDOT will now only consider a traffic light as our only option, because of cost. A traffic light will not address one of the main complaints, which is cars cutting through residential streets at a high volume and often over the 20 mph speed limit in order to avoid the backed up intersection. Additionally, this may only increase speeding up the hill, in order to “make the light.”

Therefore, HPAC requests that SDOT conduct or contract a study to determine the feasibility of a mini-roundabout intersection control solution at Highland Park Way SW / SW Holden St., with concept drawing and report findings and conclusions addressing capacity, traffic flow benefits, road engineering and construction aspects, vehicle and pedestrian safety, estimated costs, and project timeline. We also request that SDOT provide ongoing communication with HPAC during the study. 

Essential elements of the mini-roundabout intersection design include:

  1. Retention of the existing southbound Highland Park Way right-turn lane to westbound Holden St. (roundabout bypass lane),
  2. Retention of the existing northbound Highland Park Way through-lane (roundabout bypass lane),
  3. Sizing and locating the mini-roundabout circle to minimize regrading of Highland Park Way while accommodating the design vehicle,
  4. A new east-west crosswalk across Highland Park Way proposed to be located south of the SW Holden Street tee-intersection on the east side of Highland Park Way, crossing just north of the bus stop on the west side of Highland Park Way, south of the alley between Holden and Portland streets,
  5. A new north-south crosswalk across SW Holden Street located west of the roundabout,
  6. Provision for left turns to eastbound Holden St. from southbound Highland Park Way, just north of the alley between Holden and Portland streets, and,
  7. Highland Park neighborhood monumentation on the roundabout center island using thermoplastic markings, colored concrete, or other traversable material.

West Seattle is physically isolated from the rest of the city, and Highland Park Way SW serves as one of only three egresses off the peninsula. As West Seattle continues to densify, there will be greater pressure placed on this intersection which was not built to sustain the wear and tear of a main arterial. Additionally, increasing traffic, lack of adequate crosswalks, and awkward channelization make this intersection extremely perilous for the residents of Highland Park, including the many young children who must cross the dangerous road to catch their bus.

The Highland Park neighborhood has been advocating for 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 and increasing traffic backups. Since 2015, we have heard that addressing this intersection is a “priority” from SDOT and yet, we are still in the same place we have been since the 1940s, nothing moving forward and no clear timeline for anything to happen.

We would also like to extend an invitation for you to join us at our September 25, 2019 HPAC meeting to present the constituents of Highland Park, Riverview, South Delridge, and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, your vision and plans for infrastructure improvements in our area as well as an update on the progress of this project.

The Highland Park Way/ SW Holden St intersection is not our neighborhood’s only infrastructural need. For example, we have been asking for a protected southbound left-turn signal at 16th Ave SW and SW Holden Street—our second-most problematic intersection—but have been told by SDOT that there is currently no project that will implement this improvement. Other needed infrastructural improvements include crosswalks and traffic calming measures.

Additionally, there are continuous accidents that occur in the vicinity of 9405 Olson Pl SW. The streetlight (Pole #2496214) is hit at least 2-3x a year, the mailbox at that location has had to be replaced several times a year from also being hit. Many of the accidents witnessed by the neighbor in that area have involved vehicles crossing the center line. A large amount of accidents occur from drivers speeding UP the hill and hitting the curb and up onto the sidewalk and into the rock retaining walls. The last incident of the pole being hit was sent to SDOT in July of 2018 and it was not addressed in February of 2019.

We hope that our neighborhood can continue to work with the City of Seattle to bring needed infrastructural improvements online. Our needs are many, and they will not be fulfilled entirely through a single program or grant fund. It would be helpful, therefore, if the City could work with us to develop a broader neighborhood street infrastructure plan.

We look forward to your speedy reply to our requests. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at hpacchair@gmail.com or at (253) 245-9387

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott
Chair, HPAC

Special Meeting: Weds. Aug 28, 2019 with Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation

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A conversation about the future of Seattle Parks and Recreation with Superintendent Jesús Aguirre

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

In 2019, Seattle Parks will be developing a strategic plan and needs community and partner voices to help guide our priorities, programming, and services over the next decade. Seattle Parks approach is to listen to staff, get together with community and partners to discuss where they’ve been, and where they are going; reflect on their challenges, success, who they are serving, and who they are missing. To learn more see Seattle Parks 2019 Strategic Plan Proposal

  • As we look forward to the next decade, we want to know…
  • How are Seattle parks, centers, and pools serving you, your family, and your neighbors?
  • What park amenities really excite you?
  • What park events and community center programs interest you?
  • Seattle’s got a lot on its plate (population growth, construction, rising prices, homelessness, new jobs and opportunities). How can Seattle Parks & Recreation help?

Cannot Make the Meeting?
Give your feedback online to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Strategic Planning Team

“As part of our strategic planning process, Seattle Parks and Recreation is soliciting community input to help us think big about the future of parks and recreation. We want to know what you think about parks, community centers, recreation programs, aquatics programs, playgrounds, events, environmental education, dog off-leash areas, and more! Please take a few minutes to take this simple survey to share your opinions with us and help inform our focus over the next twelve years.”

Click here for the survey: https://seattle.surveymonkey.com/r/PMYQZXW

If you’d like to learn more about our strategic planning effort, check out our website: www.seattle.gov/plan4parksandrec

HPAC Meeting: June 26, 2019 CRIME and SAFETY FOCUS GROUP: Neighborhood Micro-Policing Plans

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

Join us on June 26, 2019 
All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Welcome to our newly re-formed Action Committee! We are keeping our acronym, HPAC, but expanding our engagement to include South Delridge and Riverview, as well as Highland Park. To learn more about our mission and bylaws check out our About page and meet your executive committee. Over the next few months we will be rolling out a new logo, yard signs, and a community survey. We cannot wait for you to get involved!

Meeting Agenda

7p Welcome & Micro-Policing Discussion

Southwest Precinct: CRIME & SAFETY FOCUS GROUPS For South Delridge, Highland Park, & Riverview

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department to conduct qualitative research on community crime concerns. Qualitative concerns allow SU researchers to collaborate with SPD leadership to improve the city’s community policing initiatives. As a part of the process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP), Seattle University is looking for community members to participate in an hour-long discussion regarding community perceptions of crime, safety, and police legitimacy, as well as knowledge of and satisfaction with the MCPP.

Information obtained from the focus group will help inform your neighborhood’s MCPP so please come share your concerns and suggestions! Please feel free to email me directly any questions that you have regarding the focus group.

Seattle University– Taylor Lowery, Graduate Research Analyst- Southwest Precinct
Email: taylor.lowery@seattle.gov

SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WILL NOT BE PRESENT AT THESE FOCUS GROUPS

8p – Dan from SDOT’s Delridge Transit Outreach Team

The focus will be on the impact to 16th Ave SW due to Delridge Way SW Rapid H ride coming soon.

Discussion will be focused intersection improvement and bike lane improvements on 16th Ave SW between SW Kenyon and SW Webster streets.

Coming soon: New marked crosswalks across Delridge Way SW at SW Holden St and SW Findlay St

To learn more go to Rapid Ride H Line online open house and take the online survey

SAVE the DATE: Special Meeting Weds. Aug 28, 2019 with Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation

A conversation about the future of Seattle Parks and Recreation with Superintendent Jesús Aguirre

In 2019, Seattle Parks will be developing a strategic plan and needs community and partner voices to help guide our priorities, programming, and services over the next decade. Seattle Parks approach is to listen to staff, get together with community and partners to discuss where they’ve been, and where they are going; reflect on their challenges, success, who they are serving, and who they are missing. To learn more see Seattle Parks 2019 Strategic Plan Proposal

  • As we look forward to the next decade, we want to know…
  • How are Seattle parks, centers, and pools serving you, your family, and your neighbors?
  • What park amenities really excite you?
  • What park events and community center programs interest you?
  • Seattle’s got a lot on its plate (population growth, construction, rising prices, homelessness, new jobs and opportunities). How can Seattle Parks & Recreation help?

June Highland Park/South Delridge/Riverview Events and HPAC Meeting

Walking Native Land
Saturday, June 1, 10am to Noon

American Hiking Society National Trail Day®

Walk through the West Duwamish Greenbelt with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle. Workman will talk about his personal and native history in the area on the way. Begin at the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College, hike down to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and then back up to Puget Ridge. Some of the trail is unimproved; wear good shoes or boots. Elevation gain on the return is about 200 feet. Distance is roughly 2 miles. 

Directions to South Seattle College Arboretum 
The college is located at: 6000 16th Ave. SW
Bus routes 125 and 128 stop on campus.
From I-5 or Route 99, take West Seattle Bridge to Delridge Way S.W.
Drive south on Delridge Way S.W. to third light.
At light, turn left onto S.W. Oregon.
Take arterial to top of hill, veering right onto 21st Ave S.W.
Take first left turn onto Dawson, continuing onto 16th Ave. S.W.
Follow 16th Ave. S.W. for 1/4 mile to SSC campus and north parking lot on left.

Next Riverview Barrier Replacement Meeting June 6th

Thursday, June 6th
6:30p meet onsite at Riverview Playfield

Join us to discuss replacement options for the creosote treated log barrier at Riverview. Playfield, Thursday June 6th. This will be an onsite meeting starting from the north end of the park at 12th and Holly at 6:30pm.  

Background:
Our first meeting produced some wonderful ideas.  We are making rapid progress in identifying challenges and opportunities and soon will be providing Parks with recommendations so please let you voice be heard!  We hope folks can make the meeting, but if not please share your ideas via email at hpacchair@gmail.com
Please pass the word along to your neighbors. 

RVP Barrier Replacement Planning Meeting #2

Goal: To identify alternatives to the utility pole barriers (and new chain link fence) that reinforces/defines the boundaries of Riverview hayfields/Park in a way that keeps cars in designated car areas, enhances pedestrian safety and maintains the sense of openness and welcome that neighbors cherish

  1. Review challenges & opportunities regarding the park boundary – did we miss anything?
  2. Brainstorm ideas for approaches to reinforcing the boundaries of RVP – do we want to maintain any section of the new chain links fence (Parks would like an answer on this soon as they have a bid on removal of the fence posts on hand. Carol Baker informed us the fence will be removed and installed in another park)?
  3. Discuss maintenance and other potential impacts of design alternatives
  4. Come up with our preferred plan for barrier treatments for RVP
  5. Where are we now and what next?

Delridge Way SW – RapidRide H Line Open House

Give community feedback and learn about technical data, and Seattle’s transportation plans to redesign Delridge Way SW to move more people by prioritizing transit and laying the groundwork for new King County Metro RapidRide service.

Learn more and give specific feedback about this design work at our upcoming open houses with King County Metro.

Thursday, May 30
Delridge: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
5 to 7PM
4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle – Room 111
*Child care provided

Stay tuned for an online open house with survey questions if you can’t make the event. We are currently dealing with website issues and are unable to update our website at the moment. We are working on the issues. Check out our website and keep an eye out for additional email updates from us to learn about additional opportunities to review the preferred option and provide feedback.

Questions about transit in Seattle or RapidRide? Visit our website or learn more details at Metro’s RapidRide website.

Stay connected Email us at DelridgeTransit@seattle.gov Call us at 206-684-8105
Visit the project website seattle.gov/transportation/DelridgeTransit

Next Meeting CRIME & SAFETY FOCUS GROUP
HPAC: Neighbors Advocating For South Delridge, Riverview & Highland Park Communities

Join us on June 26, 2019 
All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Southwest Precinct: CRIME & SAFETY FOCUS GROUPS For
South Delridge, Highland Park, & Riverview

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department to conduct qualitative research on community crime concerns. Qualitative concerns allow SU researchers to collaborate with SPD leadership to improve the city’s community policing initiatives. As a part of the process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP), Seattle University is looking for community members to participate in an hour-long discussion regarding community perceptions of crime, safety, and police legitimacy, as well as knowledge of and satisfaction with the MCPP.

Information obtained from the focus group will help inform your neighborhood’s MCPP so please come share your concerns and suggestions! Please feel free to email me directly any questions that you have regarding the focus group.

Seattle University– Taylor Lowery, Graduate Research Analyst- Southwest Precinct
Email: taylor.lowery@seattle.gov

SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WILL NOT BE PRESENT AT THESE FOCUS GROUPS


May 22, 2019 – HPAC: Highland Park Way Update, Neighborhood Groups Merger, & Delridge Rapid Ride

Join us on May 22, 2019
All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda

7:00p

  • Welcome
  • Announcements

7:05 – 7:50p  Infrastructure Updates


Highland Park Way Project Update: Adonis Duckworth (SDOT) to give us an update about the Highland Park Way roundabout project/status.  

Delridge Rapid Ride Update:
Dan Anderson (SDOT) to discuss the Delridge Rapid Ride 

7:50 – 8:20p – Neighborhood Groups Merger

SDCG, HPAC, and Riverview Neighbor Community Groups Merger Discussion and Vote
Resolution to combine the neighborhoods of South Delridge, Highland Park and Riverview into one neighborhood council.

A request has been made to merge the neighborhoods groups east of Delridge Way in the southern section of the Delridge Corridor. We are proposing one neighborhood council for Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge. HPAC has had representation from Riverview neighbors for the last few years and would like to formally include Riverview with this proposed merger. The neighborhood boundaries have been fluid between these three neighborhoods and neighbor leaders from South Delridge, Highland Park, and Riverview have worked together on a number of projects and issues over the last 2+ years.

SDGC to present final position, followed by open discussion of HPAC members, and then formal vote.

8:20p – 8:30p HPAC Committees

HPAC April 24th Meeting: Riverview Playfield Barrier Discussion & Clean Up Day

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda as follows:

6:30p Neighbor Networking (optional)
7:00p Welcome from HPAC Vice-Chair

7:05p Community Announcements

  • HPIC
  • Other

7:10p Community Facilitated Discussion: Options for Riverview Park New Barrier/Fence

What’s the Solution for Barrier at Riverview Park?
Facilitated by Barb Biondo & Craig Rankin

As a follow up from the meeting at Riverview Park with Seattle Parks Dept. at this month’s meeting, neighbors will have the opportunity to come with alternative solutions for a barrier between the parking lot and playfield – the barrier is needed to keep vehicles off the play fields. Join this brainstorming session and learn about next steps.

8:20p HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • Update Neighborhood Coalition with South Delridge and Riverview – see info below
  • Request for Speakers or Topics for Future Meetings?
  • Any New Orders of Business

8:30p Meeting Adjourn

Highland Park Neighborhood Clean Up
Saturday,
May 4th
From 10a – 12 noon

  • This spring we will be tackling the trash along Highland Park Way.
  • Trash Bags and Grabbers will be provided – bring work gloves if you have them.
  • Refreshments will be provided!
  • Does your child need service hours? This is great opportunity!
  • We also encourage neighbors to host block and traffic circle clean ups from 12 -2p that afternoon.

Meet at the corner of Highland Park Way and SW Holden St.

May Meeting Preview
1) Highland Park Way and SW Holden St. Intersection Improvement Project Presentation & Update from Adonis Ducksworth, Capital Projects Coordinator, Seattle Department of Transportation

2) SDCG, HPAC, and Riverview Neighbor Community Groups Merger Discussion Resolution to combine the neighborhoods of South Delridge, Highland Park and Riverview into one neighborhood council.

A request has been made to merge the neighborhoods groups east of Delridge Way in the southern section of the Delridge Corridor. We are proposing one neighborhood council for Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge. HPAC has had representation from Riverview neighbors for the last few years and would like to formally include Riverview with this proposed merger. The neighborhood boundaries have been fluid between these three neighborhoods and neighbor leaders from South Delridge, Highland Park, and Riverview have worked together on a number of projects and issues over the last 2+ years.

By doing so, we will be able to combine efforts, resources and volunteers to accomplish all the things that we are currently attempting and those that we would like to do in the future. These three neighborhoods share many of the same issues, needs and wants. We’re hoping for a stronger, more effective voice when we “want the city to hear us”.

The anticipated date to discuss and vote on the merger for 3 neighborhood groups would occur at the May meeting of HPAC, which is Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm at the Highland Park Improvement Club.

This will serve as notice to our neighbors to provide some time to think about and comment on the merger. Please feel free to reach out and comment on this proposal. You can email HPAC’s executive committee at hpacchair@gmail.com or South Delridge Community Group at: sdelridgecommunitygroup@gmail.com

Special Meeting With Parks Dept. on Options for Riverview Park New Barrier/Fence

Wednesday April 10, 2019
Meet at Riverview Park – 12th Ave. SW & SW Webster at 5:30pm.

Come discuss possible options

During the May 2017 Find-It-Fix-It walk neighbors and community members raised concerns about the existing logs that served as barriers to the park. Neighbors expressed that the logs were unsightly and not good for the environment.
 
Parks staff responded that we would look at alternatives. The logs serve an important purpose of keeping folks from driving on to the field and damaging the park.
 
This Wednesday we’d love to discuss possible alternative to the existing logs and solicit feedback from the community.
 
Please come to the Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) special meeting on Wednesday April 10, 2019 at 12th Ave. SW and SW Webster at 5:30pm. This is the south lot. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will be there to talk through this upgrade to the park.
 
If you are unable to attend this meeting you may email your comments or questions to carol.baker@seattle.gov.

Next Full HPAC Meeting: 

Wed. April 24th 
Tentative: SDOT Presentation on:

  • 16th Ave SW and SW Holden Intersection Improvements