Airport Way South and South Walker Street
To improve pedestrian access across Airport Way South , the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) removed the unsignalized marked crosswalk Airport Way South and South Walker Street .
SDOT completed a technical analysis of the crosswalk and determined that it no longer met federally established guidelines that seek to ensure pedestrians are crossing the street in the safest locations
The alternatives considered for improving this marked crosswalk were reducing the number of travel lanes or installing a new traffic signal. However, given the importance of Airport Way South as a motor vehicle and freight travel route, SDOT could not recommend a reduction in the number of travel lanes. This location also failed to meet federal standards for the installation of a pedestrian signal, which require counts of 100 pedestrians an hour for a four-hour period or 190 pedestrians in a single hour. Consequently, SDOT removed the marked crosswalk in October 2006.
The preferred pedestrian crossing on this section of Airport Way South is now the signalized intersection located at South Holgate Street , 800 feet north of South Walker Street .