We’ve blogged extensively about Corridor Safety Projects over the years including projects on Aurora Avenue N and our latest effort on Lake City Way. With these projects come signs alerting drivers that a “Traffic Safety Project” is occuring on the roadway. But these projects address much more than just “traffic” safety, they address safety for pedestrians and bicyclists too.
Corridor Safety Projects occur mainly on principal arterial roadways. These are generally the busiest streets in the city with the highest vehicular speeds. In other words, they are the most difficult streets to cross for walkers, bikers, and transit users.
Our latest endeavor on State Route 522/Lake City Way will make substantial improvements for those that choose to travel via human power. Using traffic data and local knowledge to identify difficult crossings, a number of areas will soon receive much needed ped and bike safety upgrades. Locations include Lake City Way at NE 145th Street, NE 130th Street, the mid-block crossings near NE 125th Street (shown below), NE 110th Street, 24th Ave NE, NE 95th Street, and 14th/15th Avenue NE. Improvements range from complete intersection reconstruction to the installation of curb ramps and from transit stop improvements to flashing beacon installation. Be sure to check out the project’s Action Plan for all of the details.
Just to be sure we get this point across to those folks who, sadly, do not read the SDOT Blog, we emphasized pedestrians and bicyclists on the Lake City Way project signs. Six of these signs will soon adorn the side of this roadway reminding drivers to watch out for vulnerable users. And remember, stop for peds and bikers, it’s the Lake City Way!