NE 130th St / 33nd Ave NE, (map)
Respondent #11, 5/30/08
(This) location is crossing NE 130th from 32nd Ave NE to get to the Fred Meyer store. Many residents of Seattle Housing Authority units are in wheelchairs or use canes and travel northward on 33rd across NE 130th. They are at risk from speeding cars and cars turning into Fred Meyer and without the crosswalk, not being able to walk as quickly or maneuver wheelchairs quickly, are often "clipped" closely. 900 or more new units of housing will go in on 33rd Ave NE from new LIHI housing to be completed within a year or two, approximately 300 new units on the old AquaDive Pool site, new SHA family housing mid-block, and new Kauri Investments multi-use construction scheduled for the south end of the block. The infrastructure needs to be put in place to meet this expected new growth.
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDoT) Response
Pedestrian safety is high priority for SDOT. Marked crosswalks can be an important tool to help people cross the street comfortably, but they are not the best solution at all locations.
During a field visit, to the location at NE 130th Street at 33rd Avenue NE adjacent to the Fred Meyer Store between Lake City Way NE and 35th Avenue NE, SDOT staff observed pedestrians crossing on both the west and east approaches on NE 130th Street at 33rd Avenue NE. There is good visibility for both unmarked crosswalks from each direction and traffic volumes are low enough to provide good gaps between cars for pedestrians to cross. At this time this is not a location that we would install a marked crosswalk. If the neighborhood continues to grow, or other circumstances change, SDOT may reevaluate the intersection for possible improvements.
Thank you again for taking the time to write. The Seattle Department of Transportation is committed to making the City of Seattle a better place in which to live and walk, and suggestions from citizens such as you help us to address the transportation issues that we face. If you have additional questions related to pedestrian or bicycle issues, please feel free to contact the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program. We can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206) 684-7583.
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