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E Pike St / 11th Ave E, map

Respondent #28, 7/19/12

There are three problems:

  • most notably, the cross walk stripes are effectively non-existent;
  • the cross walk sign for eastbound traffic has been rotated so as not to be visible to drivers; and
  • the sign is covered in stickers (a general problem around here).

Bottom line is that it is not evident to some drivers that this is a crosswalk and they blow through it without concern. Pike gets a lot of traffic, especially at night, and I think it is essential for public safety that the cross walks be extremely clearly marked.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) evaluates the condition of existing pavement markings annually to determine which areas rank among the poorest quality and are in need of maintenance. Due to current budget constraints, the amount of funding for crosswalk remarking has been reduced and we are required to limit the number of intersections we remark. At this time, our 2012 remark list has been completed and approved. We will however place this location on our wish list should additional funding become available.

When we performed a field check, the pedestrian sign was turned facing eastbound traffic and visible to approaching vehicles. We had the stickers on the pedestrian signs and street name signs cleaned. In the future, if you notice street markings and or signs that needs replacing or maintenance, an easy way to notify us directly is by calling (206) 386-1208 or by using the online SDOT form at

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