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The Aurora Traffic Safety Project

The Aurora Traffic Safety Project was a two year effort to improve safety along Aurora Avenue North. Between April 2005 to March 2008, 1,581 collisions occurred on Aurora – that’s nearly 46 collisions per month. This project was launched to reduce collisions on Aurora using short-term, low-cost solutions.

After more than two years of work on the corridor, the final results are in. Thanks to a multifaceted educational campaign coupled with engineering improvements, increased enforcement efforts, and a strong partnership with the community, collisions are down significantly on Aurora. 

Final Results
Pre-project data (April 2005 to March 2008) compared with two years of post-project data broken down to a per year average for comparison

Overall
Total Crashes = Down 21% (421/year to 335/year)
Total Injuries = Down 13% (235/year to 205/year)
Fatal & Serious Injury Crashes = Down 28% (15/year to 11/year)

By Contributing Circumstance
Failing to Yield = Down 34% (121/year to 80/year)
Inattention/Distraction = Down 30% (79/year to 56/year)
Speeding = Down 24% (34/year to 26/year)

While we’ve seen a significant collision reductions on Aurora there is still work to be done. SDOT will be launching new initiatives targeting Aurora in late 2012 as we continue to implement the solutions identified in our Action Plan.  Stay tuned for more information. 

This project was supported by a state grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and built off of the success of the Rainier Corridor Traffic Safety Project .

Click here to learn more about the Aurora Traffic Safety Project

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