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SW Stevens St / 59th Ave SW, map

Respondent #9, 5/23/08

This t-section intersection is a fairly critical and dangerous crossing. The worst times are Monday-Friday mornings and afternoons at child drop off and pick up times and on the weekends (especially the sunny ones!). There is special concern here at this intersection as the lot on the Northwest corner is proposed to be built out. Proposal #3008596 called for three, three-story building to be built at the minimum set back lines of this property. Past Cobb Constructions have put up six-foot high fences around property lines. With the size, height and bulk of this structure in combination with the six-foot high fences, we fear almost complete loss of sight-line visibility for both pedestrians and drivers approaching this intersection and the alley on the back side. As you can see, this intersection is already quite congested with traffic - and this is with fairly decent visibility. Speed humps were placed along 59th Ave SW as speeding drivers has been an issue. There were no parking signs, placed by SDOT recently, around intersection corners because drivers didn't adhere to the No Parking within 30 feet of an intersection rule.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDoT) Response

Let me address your first concern regarding visibility at this intersection. This location has “no-parking” signs at the approach of the marked crosswalks. We have notified the Seattle Police Department's Parking Enforcement unit about your enforcement concerns along the approaches to the marked crosswalks at this intersection. In addition, we will consider adding red curb paint to further emphasize the restricted parking area. The development at the northwest corner should not restrict these sightlines as long as motorists do not park in these no-park zones.

Your second concern is regarding the school buses parking in the fire zone adjacent the school. I spoke with our SDOT representative on the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee and he will bring this issue to the next meeting in August. Staff from the school district will be present and they will discuss the bus staging area issues at this location.

Thanks again for contacting us about the crossing at SW Stevens and 59th Avenue SW.

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