To meet our Vision Zero goal of reaching zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Seattle streets by 2030, we are proposing safety improvements in the Little Saigon neighborhood. In the last few years, there have been 40 crashes in Little Saigon, at the intersections of Rainier Ave S/S King St and S Weller St/12th Ave S. Several crashes at S Weller St and 12th Ave S involved people walking.
Our proposed safety improvements include:
- Installing a median and restricting left turns on Rainier Ave S at S King St
- Upgrading a pedestrian activated signal to full signal at S Weller St and Rainier Ave S
- Adding a left turn arrow to signal on 12th Ave S at S Weller St
These improvements can help reduce crashes and make it easier for people to safely get around the Little Saigon neighborhood. Information is available in Vietnamese as well.
We’re planning to build these improvements as soon as 2018 and are currently working with Friends of Little Saigon and businesses to make sure they understand why changes are needed, can continue efficient delivery operations, and to make sure their customers can still easily get to them.
This project is coordinating with a nearby Neighborhood Greenways project to make walking and biking more comfortable. We’re engaging with community members in Chinatown/International District, Little Saigon, and Judkins Park this summer to share what we’ve heard; and to get input on the most promising route. To learn more about the project, visit our website; or stop by our booth at the July 15 and 16 Dragon Fest.
For more information or if you have questions about this upcoming work, please contact Dawn.Schellenberg@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-5189.