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Southeast Sector
Swift Ave S / S Albro Place, map

Respondent #20, 10/06/08

The most absurd city infrastructure setup I have seen to date. This popular bus stop on Swift Ave. is off an extremely busy road and offers a 30-inch wide scruffy sidewalk and a barely painted crosswalk to protect and guide teenagers to it every school day. As you can see from the condition of the guardrails, drivers do crash into them. In addition, this key gateway into the SE Seattle community is often unmowed, the sidewalks are unsafe and broken up, blackberries overwhelm the landscape and it is an eyesore. Some neighborhoods have welcome signs and pretty landscaping; ours has unsafe bus stops and blighted street scapes. I am astounded the city has done *nothing *to improve this spot over the years.

BTW, I drove up to Cleveland High School and in the entire block of the school, there was zero, count them zero painted crosswalks on 15th Ave S, the frontage road for the school. A student jumped out in front of me to cross the street while I was driving past. It's about 600' with no crosswalk in front of a high school.


Seattle Department of Transportation (SDoT) Response

We have reviewed the issues you note and have developed a series of improvements to the pedestrian environment in this area:

  1. The current sidewalk at the bus stop on Swift Avenue South north of South Albro Place is approximately three feet wide.  We agree this is not wide enough to accommodate current needs.  Therefore we are designing a wider sidewalk that will be approximately eight feet wide at the bus stop.  This project should be in construction starting in late 2008 or early 2009, when school is closed for winter break.
  2. After evaluating possible locations for a marked crosswalk on 15th Avenue South in front of Cleveland High School, we have determined that there is no one location where we can mark a crosswalk.  We are taking several measures that should reduce vehicle speed on 15th Avenue South during school hours.  First, we will install reduced speed school zone signs on all streets within three hundred feet of the school. Second, we will deploy a speed watch trailer that shows drivers their speed and the speed limit.  Third, we will install flashing beacons on 15th Avenue South so that drivers can see the 20-mph speed zone better. We will continue to monitor speeds after these measures are put in place to evaluate their effectiveness.
  3. The crosswalk at the intersection of Swift Avenue South and South Albro Place has been re-marked. 
  4. We are reviewing the signal timing at the intersection of Swift Avenue South and South Albro Place to determine whether the signal cycle provides sufficient time for pedestrians to cross the street.
  5. We are replacing the guardrail at the northwest corner of Swift Avenue South and South Albro Place.
  6. We are cutting back vegetation that has crept over the sidewalk on Swift Avenue South.
  7. In an effort to address the overall pedestrian environment, we will work with the city arborist to see if we can plant more street trees in the vicinity of the high school.
  8. We will also trim back a few trees to improve the visibility of the marked crosswalk on the north side of the school.

Finally, the southeast corner of 15th Avenue South and South Orcas Street may be a good location for a curb bulb as a further traffic calming measure.  If this is a project you are interested in pursuing, we can work with you to have such a project considered by the Neighborhood Street Fund program.

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