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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Cooperative Effort Improves Traffic in NewHolly

2/17/2009  2:30:00 PM

Cooperative Effort Improves Traffic in NewHolly

SEATTLE - A cooperative effort between the City of Seattle and Seattle’s NewHolly Neighborhood has resulted in multiple transportation and safety improvements. The community is now celebrating the completion of a new traffic circle, new safety signs, and two new traffic signals.

“The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has worked closely with the NewHolly neighborhood to identify traffic safety concerns and apply solutions,” said SDOT Chief of Staff Alex Wiggins, “Safety is SDOT’s number one priority and our mission is to deliver a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system that enhances Seattle's environment and economic vitality.”

The multiple traffic calming and neighborhood enhancing elements come after several years of work to monitor traffic speeds and volumes on many NewHolly streets, and to meet with and plan next steps with the community. Residents of the NewHolly Neighborhood Campus helped all along the way, with data collection and volunteer hours to assist on elements such as sign installation.

The improvements include a new traffic circle at S Holly Park Drive and 39th Ave. S, new safety signs, and new traffic signals at 39th and S Othello and at S Myrtle and S Holly Park Drive. The community worked with Parks, Police, and SDOT to have parking restrictions put in place near John C Little Park. The residents are planning to paint an intersection to help remind drivers to look out for pedestrians crossing the street.

The traffic calming elements have a demonstrated positive impact on traffic speeds. Though some of the improvement may be from completion of major construction on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S, studies show traffic volumes decreased by half between the fall of 2007 and the fall of 2008.

Average Daily Traffic
LocationCount 8/2007Count 8/2008
S. Holly Park1281670
39th Ave S.1310616

To further determine the impact of all traffic calming measures in concert, SDOT is renewing its NewHolly traffic and speed study this year.

The city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund and Neighborhood Street Fund both contributed to the enhancements.

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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