Safe Routes to School: Roxhill Elementary
January 30, 2014
SDOT’s contractor is working along the west side of 30th Avenue SW and have completed pouring the curbs and gutters. Over the next several weeks they will be pouring sidewalks and rebuilding driveways which requires intermittent driveway closures.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Safe Routes to Schools project for Roxhill Elementary began construction in January 2014. This project includes building a new concrete sidewalk and planting strip on the west side of 30th Ave SW between SW Roxbury Street and SW 97th Street. The project will also install new trees, ground cover and additional street lighting and is expected to be complete in March.
What to expect during construction
Safe Routes to School is a national program that makes it safer and easier to walk and bike to school. SDOT began a Safe Routes to School program at Roxhill Elementary in 2010. At that time, the school community identified pedestrian improvements between Roxhill and the Arbor Heights neighborhood as one of their top priorities for improving the walking routes to school. Currently, 30th Avenue SW does not have a sidewalk and families have to share the street with car traffic.
SDOT applied for and received a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation to build this new sidewalk. In addition to sidewalk construction, this grant includes education and encouragement of walking and biking to school, additional traffic enforcement on the walking routes to school, and formal evaluation of arrival and dismissal patterns at the school. SDOT’s partners in these efforts include Feet First, Cascade Bicycle Club, White Center Community Development Association, and the Seattle Police Department.
To learn more about these partnerships, download our Safe Routes to School newsletter.
In November 2012, SDOT hosted a project open house at the school and invited neighbors to view 30% plans for the new sidewalk. At that open house we heard concerns about traffic speeds on Roxbury and 30th, drainage concerns and requests for more street lighting. We also heard feedback on the location and design of the public art that will be installed with the project. Based on community feedback, the public art will feature a blue and green origami stellar jay.
For questions regarding this Safe Routes to School project, please contact Brian Dougherty, 206-684-7963 email@example.com