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N 130th St / Aurora Ave N, map

Respondent #19, 9/8/08

This intersection really needs some attention. 130th and Aurora Ave North has a highly used bus stop on the southwest (?) corner in front of Car Toys. Problems: Shelter too small, usually FILTHY, numerous newspaper boxed impinge on sidewalk space--- there is literally nowhere to stand at times. Abandoned shopping carts add to the crowding. It sucks. Other problems: South east corner has no curb whatsoever. Feels dangerous to pedestrians as large vehicles turn in front of them often driving onto the so-called sidewalk. Last but not least: wider more visible striping is needed to prevent drivers from pulling into the crosswalk. Visibility is terrible and pedestrians are in danger as they cross in front of large SUV's and trucks. No one can see them! Thank you for taking up this whole issue. I really, really appreciate it.

Seattle  Department of Transportation (SDoT) Response

SDOT is in the process of designing sidewalks for the Aurora Avenue North corridor from North 105th Street to North 145th Street. However at this time, SDOT lacks full funding for this project. We will continue to look for ways to make this project a reality.

In order to better delineate the separation between the pedestrian area and the vehicle area, we will paint a white line to where the curb would be. In addition, we will investigate whether it is possible to add a painted stop bar to provide a visual reminder to drivers that they are required to stop in front of the crosswalk.

(We) have contacted Metro Customer Service and requested a bus shelter on your behalf.

As for the newspaper vending machines, we have asked one of our street-use inspectors to visit the site and see if the newspaper boxes can be placed in a way that does not encroach on the sidewalk area.

Thank you again for writing.

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