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Community Drop-In Session
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Mercer Middle School Cafeteria, 1600 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108
This is an open house style meeting, so please feel free to come and go as best fits your schedule. In addition to discussing the project’s early design concept—including alternatives for access to 15th Ave S northbound—we’ll share traffic data, transportation plan recommendations and design options for the new public space.
SDOT is making safety improvements to the intersection of 15th Ave S and S Columbian Way. Visit our website to see the early design concept: www.seattle.gov/transportation/NSF15andColumbian.htm
Project elements include:
• New curb bulbs
• Crossing and signal consolidation
• Turn restrictions at 15th Ave S and S Oregon St; motorists will be able to make only right turns into S Oregon St from 15th Ave S and out of S Oregon St onto 15th Ave S
• A new drop-off zone for Mercer Middle School
• A new public space at the northwest and southwest corners of the redesigned intersection
• On-street parking added to the east side of 15th Ave S to help replace parking removed for the new public space
• Improved connections to bicycle facilities to the north, west and south
The concept we developed means people walking, including students and people getting on and off buses, will have shorter and fewer crossings to make. People biking will have clearer connections to existing bike facilities. By simplifying the intersection, this project seeks to reduce the chance of a collision as well as make the area more inviting for people who are not driving.
What We’re Hearing
Through emails, phone calls, and face-to-face interactions, we have heard that the neighborhood has historically faced transportation challenges at this intersection and that some people have concerns regarding the proposed improvements. We have also heard support for organizing the intersection and making it safer and more predictable for people biking, walking, and driving.
We hear that some people want an alternate way to make a left turn onto 15th Ave S headed north. Understanding your perspective is precisely what this part of the design phase is about, and all your priorities and concerns will be addressed and open for discussion at the upcoming drop-in session.
There is great opportunity in this project to improve safety for all travelers and find uses for the new public space that can support adjacent businesses and become an asset to the neighborhood. We are committed to working with you to find the best solutions.
Neighbors should see door hanger notifications arriving at homes in the next few days. If you cannot make the meeting, please feel welcome to submit your comments and questions to the project team at: NSF15andColumbian@seattle.gov. On May 2 (the day of the drop-in session) and continuing through May 16, a survey will also be posted on the project’s webpage. We encourage you to participate.
Neighborhood Street Fund Program