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Delmar Dr. E / E. Lynn ( map)

Respondent #27, 10/18/2009

This intersection creates several car crashes, including flipped vehicles. It is unsafe due to slick pavement (hasn't been re-paved since the 30's), a blind corner, a steep grade, and no traffic calming. It is as though the street is designed to encourage fast drivers and skid-outs. The concrete street curb and dented guardrails shows multiple instances where cars lose control and go into the bike lanes. The stretch of road and intersection is heavily used by pedestrians, students (Seattle Prep sports teams and PE classes) and bicyclists. It is a matter of time before a crashing car wipes out a group of pedestrians and bicyclists. SDOT has acknowledged that this is poor street design, and has responded by saying that the road surface is in good condition and has increased some signage. These measures weren't effective enough to address the issues of this intersection. They did not stop this roll-over on a 25 mph street earlier this year, nor prevent injuries to the mother and son in the SUV, and would have certainly killed pedestrians or bicyclists. Nor did the measures taken by SDOT prevent a car from skidding, crossing the center line, and hitting a oncoming mini-van filled with children. The latest data I've seen from the Seattle Public Disclosure department shows 12 reported car crashes in 2007 in this area. Attached are photos that show the results of this neglected intersection.

Low cost solutions include:
REPAVE DELMAR/E. Lynn -- New pavement will help address the number 1 issue cars lose control and crash.
CREATE A CHICANE at 14th to assist pedestrians in crossing this road.
IMPLEMENT TRAFFIC calming solutions such as speed awareness signs and speed bumps as you have successfully implemented in West Seattle.

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