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NE 52nd St / Sand Point Way NE, map

Respondent #7, 5/19/08

The yellow line...was added to the photo to show where many pedestrians dash across busy Sand Point Way. Bus riders, under 6 (year old) users of the nearby daycare facility and their parents join other at-risk pedestrians trying to cross Sand Point Way in the face of traffic from 4 directions. Drivers see no advance warning other than one confusing and partly obscured yellow diamond pedestrian sign that is possibly visible to southbound drivers as they round the curve to the north. Agile pedestrians dash from roadside to the center turn lane, then across the other two lanes. Fast moving left-turning vehicles from Sand Point Way are a constant threat to pedestrians pausing in the center lane. Needed: A crossing that is pedestrian-safe and traffic-friendly.

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. Federal guidelines recommend against installing marked crosswalks on high-volume, multi-lane roadways unless additional treatments can also be provided. On such streets, SDOT may consider either a reduction in the number of vehicle travel lanes or the installation of a traffic signal.

SDOT has completed a Sand Point Way Pedestrian Study, which will help us address some of the key areas that need improvements along this corridor. While the Northeast District Council has made a request for a signal and a marked crosswalk at this intersection, pedestrian volumes at this intersection are below the level required by applicable signal warrants. Thus, under the criteria SDOT is required by state law to follow, SDOT cannot install a signal at this time. SDOT will, however, continue to monitor this intersection. The completed study is available; if you would like a copy, please contact me directly and I can send you a PDF file.

Thanks again for your input on the Sand Point Way NE corridor.

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