Mayor Murray recently announced $2.25 million in updates for Rainier Avenue South between South Kenny Street in Hillman City and South Henderson Street in Rainier Beach.
The improvements will focus on pedestrian safety at intersections, including marked crosswalks, dedicated left-turn arrows and new signal timing, and will be completed by 2019.
Another $22 million will go to building 50 blocks of new sidewalks throughout South Seattle and other traditionally under-served communities throughout the city from Greenwood to Rainier Valley.
Money from the $930 million Move Seattle levy–approved by voters in 2015–will pay for the projects.
The announcement was made at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Brighton, which will receive $130,000 in new speed humps and curb ramps on all streets around the school and marked crosswalks at 44th Avenue South and South Willow Street. These safety improvements are part of SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program, which encourages and funds easier, safer ways for students to get to school.
”Many people in the South Seattle community including myself have suffered due to the lack of safety improvements along the Rainier Avenue corridor,” said Phyllis Porter of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. “I am thankful for the initial phase of the Rainier Avenue Safety Project in the Rainier Valley and look forward to continued improvements along the corridor.””
The updated Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) directs $22 million for 50 blocks of new sidewalk improvements in 2017. The PMP focuses these investments by prioritizing sidewalks that provide safer access to schools and transit options. The PMP is guided by an equity consideration, ensuring under-served communities are prioritized for pedestrian improvements. These investments will be made in neighborhoods from Greenwood, Lake City in the north end, to Beacon Hill, Roxbury Heights and Rainier Valley in the south end.
2017 South Seattle Sidewalk Development Projects:
- South Holgate Street b/w 6th & 8th
- South Orcas Street b/w 26th & 32nd
- 37th Avenue South b/w Cloverdale & Thistle
- Wabash Avenue South b/w Rose & Cloverdale
- South Cloverdale Street b/w Beacon & MLK
- South Barton Place b/w 51st & 50th
- 46th Avenue South b/w Cloverdale & Henderson
- South Wallace St b/w Dead End & 59th
Top photo: Looking north on Rainier Avenue South in Hillman City/Amanda Teicher. Map: 2017 Sidewalk Development Projects