The Seattle Department of Transportation confirmed they will leave the Holman Road pedestrian overpass in place.
This is a direct response to neighborhood concerns. This change in plans occurred after neighbors organized a petition and expressed a strong preference to keep the overpass. Councilmember Mike O’Brien convened a community meeting in July with SDOT to address community concerns about removal of an existing safe crossing of a major road that bisects our rapidly growing neighborhood. SDOT revised its proposal to leave the overpass in place and install a surface-level crosswalk and signal beneath it.
As more neighbors rely on walking to transit and basic services, safe pedestrian paths must be a critical part of growth. Sidewalks, walkways set away from traffic, storm-water flooding corrections, and safe crossing points over arterials should be part of planning and infrastructure investment done concurrently with growth and rezoning.
The City’s message to neighbors …
We’re excited to share the outcome of Holman Rd NW at 13th Ave NW Signal project. We’ve revised the design to keep the pedestrian overpass and install one crosswalk.
As you know, community members concerned about the safety of students crossing at this location requested a new traffic signal and crosswalk at this location. Standard design procedures led us to propose removing the pedestrian overpass and installing two crosswalks. However, after hearing how important the pedestrian overpass is to people, we agreed to reexamine our design options.
We’ve come up with a solution that keeps the pedestrian overpass and installs one crosswalk just below it. This design requires more complex signal design and additional soil and foundation work, which is in part why it was not our initial recommendation.
The project schedule remains the same. We expect to complete design by the end of this year and construction in 2018.
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