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Pedestrian Improvements Afoot and Overhead in Morgan Junction

A new curb bulb was built on the eastside of California Ave SW and SW Othello; and an overhead crosswalk sign with flashing beacons was added.

 With Spring finally coming into full bloom throughout Seattle, now’s a great time to slip on your walking shoes and get out and see some of SDOT’s recently completed projects.

In West Seattle’s Morgan Junction, SDOT just completed three new pedestrian improvements.  

A part of the Seattle Transit Plan is the establishment of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes. Morgan Junction has been identified as a BRT station location, with buses running along California Avenue SW.   Given this fact, the Morgan Junction Association applied for Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) for three pedestrian improvement projects cited in their Neighborhood Plan that would improve pedestrian access to and from transit stops in the Rapid Ride corridor. The request was awarded funding as it met the goals of the NSF, a city-administered program that works with communities to build their prioritized neighborhood projects.

At SW Othello Street, SDOT built a curb bulb on the eastside of California Avenue SW at the existing crosswalk to shorten the crossing distance and improve visibility for pedestrians waiting to cross.  A new overhead crosswalk sign with flashing beacons was also installed.

New ADA-compliant curb ramps were adde to the northwest, southwest and southeast corners of SW Frontenac and California Ave SW. New sidewalk was also added to the northwest corner.

Because the existing curb ramps did not meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act at SW Frontenac Street and California Avenue SW, new curb ramps were built on the northwest, southwest and southeast corners.   In addition, the sidewalk was replaced on the northwest corner. 

Lastly, a new overhead crosswalk sign with flashing beacons was installed at the existing crosswalk at SW Findlay Street on California Avenue SW.

If you’d like to tour more of your city, without hopping in the car and polluting the air, you’ll find plenty of great tips and information on SDOT’s Way to Go website where you can also subscribe to the WalkBikeRider e-newsletter.