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Private and Public Investment = Safer Crossings

There’s a new traffic signal at 9th Ave N and Thomas St in South Lake Union, making it easier and safer to navigate through this busy intersection located within this booming part of town. Thanks to a strategic partnership between SDOT and private developers working in the area, people who walk, bike or drive through this intersection have a more predictable experience as they travel.

New signal and intersection improvements at 9th Ave N and Thomas St

New signal and intersection improvements at 9th Ave N and Thomas St

In the upcoming weeks SDOT crews will continue to improve safety at the intersection by adjusting the timing of the signals in the area, as well as working with a developer to construct curb ramps on the southeast corner in 2016. This traffic signal project is another example of how we work with community partners to achieve our Vision Zero goal and eliminate traffic related fatalities and serious injuries in Seattle.

Other safety features added to the intersection as part of this signal project include:

  • Audible ADA pedestrian push buttons that help remind people when to cross safely
  • Marked crosswalks to increase safety of people walking or biking along the intersection
  • Upgraded pedestrian curb ramps to make sidewalks more accessible to people on wheelchairs, people using strollers and people biking


This project was funded by South Lake Union private development traffic mitigation fees and the SDOT capital projects program.