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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Pedestrian Countdown Signals Added at 27 Intersections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/6/2008  10:15:00 AM
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Pedestrian Countdown Signals Added at 27 Intersections
Bridging the Gap makes Seattle a more walkable city

SEATTLE - The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has completed installing pedestrian countdown signals at 27 intersections across Seattle, exceeding Mayor Nickels’ 2008 goal of 25 improved intersections. Combined with the 26 intersections completed in 2007, the Bridging the Gap transportation levy has funded the installation of new pedestrian countdown signals at 53 intersections. Seattle is one of many cities across the country utilizing this technological tool to help improve pedestrian safety and awareness.

“Pedestrian countdown signals tangibly reinforce when pedestrians can safely cross roadways. They enhance awareness for all of pedestrians’ rights and obligations while crossing city streets,” said SDOT Director Grace Crunican. “These countdown signals will help significantly in our efforts to make Seattle the most walkable big city in the country.”

SDOT concentrates its countdown signal efforts on intersections with high levels of pedestrian usage and proximity to facilities generating significant foot traffic. In 2007 the signals were installed primarily in downtown, but the 2008 work has extended to neighborhood business districts such as Lake City, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, Ballard and the University District. The 2008 locations include:

•35th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Roxbury Street
•Broadway and Jefferson Street
•Broad Street and Elliott Avenue
•Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 125th Street
•15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street
•15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 85th Street
•First Avenue and University Street
•Second Avenue and University Street
•Third Avenue and University Street

There are currently more than 70 intersections with pedestrian countdown signals in the city of Seattle. SDOT completed the 2008 pedestrian countdown signal improvement work at a cost of $96,000.

Bridging the Gap is the $365 million levy passed by Seattle voters in 2006. It enables much-needed work by the Seattle Department of Transportation, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge maintenance, and tree planting. The levy also supports the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, enhanced transit connections and large Neighborhood Street Fund projects.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.




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