Safe Routes to School: Rainier Valley

Updated: May 27, 2020

What's happening now?

Pre-Construction Timeline Graphic 

Project Overview

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. We're making several improvements to calm traffic, increase visibility, and reduce the crossing distance at intersections. 

New signal and crosswalk at Rainier Ave S and S Rose St

Intersection of Rainier Ave S and S Rose St, March 2020Intersection of Rainier Ave S and S Rose St, March 2020

The intersection of Rainier Ave S and S Rose St has one of the highest incidences of crashes in the corridor. Most crashes happen when drivers are turning left onto and off of Rainier Ave S, and many have involved people walking. Through these improvements, we're working to make this intersection safer and more comfortable for everyone.

Project elements:

  • Extend sidewalk corners
  • Add new crosswalks
  • Upgrade to 4-way signal
  • Remove chairs and tables from island within the street right-of-way section along S Rose St
  • Add parking on S Rose St between Rainier Ave S and Wabash Ave S
  • Upgrade curb ramps
  • Add left turn lanes

Project Map

Rainier - Rose Improvements

Sidewalks and raised crosswalk at Wing Luke Elementary

Wing Luke Elementary, March 2020
Wing Luke Elementary, March 2020

37th Ave S, March 2020
37th Ave S, March 2020

SDOT is designing improvements on S Kenyon St near Wing Luke Elementary. This project will make it safer and easier for students to walk to Wing Luke Elementary School.

Installing new sidewalks can help to make our neighborhoods walkable and more connected. We are prioritizing this location to fill a gap in the sidewalk and urban trail network, enabling kids and families to walk safely to Wing Luke Elementary School by the time it reopens in January 2021.

Project elements:

  • New sidewalk on the north side of S Kenyon St from Kenyon Way S to 37th Ave S
  • New sidewalk on the east side 37th Ave S from S Kenyon St to S Holden St
  • Midblock raised crosswalk on S Kenyon St
  • Chief Sealth Trail connection 

S Kenyon St walkway improvement 

S Kenyon St
S Kenyon St, March 2020

SDOT will make improvements to S Kenyon St from Rainier Ave S to 52nd Ave S.

Project elements:

  • Curb ramp improvements
  • Drainage improvements

Wolcott Ave S improvement 

52nd and Wolcott

Wolcott Ave S, March 2020

SDOT will make improvements to the 52nd Ave S and Wolcott Ave S intersection.

Project elements:

  • Curb ramp improvements
  • Upgraded sidewalks

Construction impacts

  • During construction, you can expect noise, dust, vibration, and large equipment 
  • Traffic lanes and sidewalks may be reduced or detoured where necessary
  • Driveways may be temporarily blocked. Businesses and residents will be notified of any driveway closures at least 48 hours in advance
  • SDOT is doing some driveway work as part of this project. If your driveway is affected, SDOT has contacted you
  • A member of our Real Property Team will be contacting you if we need you to sign a Temporary Construction Easement (TCE) to complete work near your property


We expect construction to begin as soon as summer 2020. 


This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, which was approved by voters in 2015, as well as the local Safe Routes to School program.

Project Library

Rainier and Rose Improvements Flyer

Rainier and Rose Project Map

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