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Rainier Ave S / S Charlestown St Respondent #14, 7/31/08

The crosswalk was painted diagonally across the center of this intersection so that cross traffic and pedestrians share the same space!!! I called Dave at "signs and markings" after experiencing a near miss when a westbound car swerved around an elderly woman in this crosswalk December 14, 2007. After seeing no action I called the Mayor's office on January 7, 2008. SDOT called me January 22, 2008 to explain the situation was being studied. Nothing has changed. Note the bus stop on the west side of Rainier Ave. S. with the high-rise senior housing buildings on the East side of Rainier Ave. S.

Seattle  Department of Transportation (SDoT) Response

The existing condition complies with applicable safety guidelines and is a legal pedestrian crossing. The problem arises when drivers fail to yield the right-of-way when turning across the crosswalk.

We have studied this intersection and have come up with three possible solutions:

  1. We could leave the crosswalk where it is and give pedestrians an exclusive phase, during which all directions of vehicular traffic would be stopped;
  2. We could move the marked crosswalk to the north side of the intersection; or
  3. We could modify the signal operation and mark crosswalks across all four legs of intersection.

Each of these solutions has benefits, but each also has drawbacks. We will carefully examine each of the proposed measures, and we expect to finalize a new design this year.

Thank you again for your patience. I will contact you within one month to let you know the status.

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