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Safe Routes to School: South Shore K-8

Last Updated: January 5, 2016

Construction continues

Crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation began constructing safety improvements at the intersection of Rainier Ave S and 51st Ave S on December 14. We expect crews to complete work in January 2016, weather permitting. Please see the construction notice for more information about impacts during construction.

What to expect during construction

  • Intermittent single lane closures
  • Sidewalk detours and parking restrictions – please follow the posted signage
  • Noise, dust and vibration
  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Some early morning, evening, or weekend work may be needed

Outreach during construction

We are committed to keeping the community informed about major construction impacts through regular updates to property and business owners as well as residents. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the construction outreach team at pedestrianimprovements4@seattle.gov or 206-922-6278.

Project Summary

Initiated by parents and neighbors of South Shore K-8 School, this Safe Routes to School project aims to make safety improvements on the walking and biking route to school.  The project focuses on improvements along Rainier Avenue, including flashing school zone beacons, pedestrian lighting, and a curb bulb and traffic island at the intersection of Rainier Avenue S and 51st Avenue S. The project also includes education and encouragement to get more kids walking and biking safely to school. To learn more about these efforts, visit South Shore K-8’s Safe Routes to School program webpage.

Project Benefits

  • Improves safety on walking and biking route to school
  • Reduces speeding along Rainier Avenue S
  • Provides safety education so kids have the skills they need to safely walk and bike to school
  • Encourages more kids to walk and bike to school thereby reducing congestion at the school

Timeline

The project is currently in construction and is anticipated to be completed in January 2016.

Funding

A grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is funding education and encouragement aspects of the project. Construction funding is partially funded by WSDOT with the remaining funds provided by SDOT’s local Safe Routes to School which is funded by the school speed zone enforcement program.

  • Total cost estimate $$290,000
  • WSDOT grant $195,000
  • Local funding $95,000

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