Making Roxbury safer: What’s being proposed, including a ‘road diet’

Though the city/county line runs down the middle of Roxbury for most of its length, Seattle is accountable for taking care of what’s between the north and south curbs. So it’s leading the way on the SW Roxbury safety project, for which North Highline Unincorporated Area Council and neighboring Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council led the campaign. The Seattle Department of Transportation unveiled its proposals on Thursday night, at the first of two meetings (the second of which is in White Center on Monday). Here’s a sneak peek via the slide deck:

The biggest part of the proposal is from downtown White Center westward – proposing “rechannelization,” or what’s also more conversationally known as a “road diet,” for the segment between 17th and 35th, converting it to one lane each way, with a center turn lane, and five-foot-wide buffers (shoulders) on each side. For full details on what’s being proposed – but far from finalized – on the full stretch, see our report on West Seattle Blog. Bring questions/concerns/ideas/etc. to the Monday meeting (August 4th), 6 pm at the Greenbridge Y, 9720 8th SW.

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6 Responses to “Making Roxbury safer: What’s being proposed, including a ‘road diet’”

  1. Christopher Glenn Says:

    They need to also make the bus stop near 3rd and 4th on Olson Place safer. Kids and adults regularly need to cross through the speeding traffic on Olson to get to and from those bus stops. There’s hardly ever a break in traffic and by the time a pedestrian gets into the middle of the road, another car is flying around the corner and down the hill. Then, you’ve got a pedestrian stuck in the middle of what has ultimately become a freeway! PLEASE, mark a crosswalk and put a full on traffic signal that is activated by the pedestrians in place! Don’t leave those of us on 3rd and 4th disenfranchised!

  2. Thanks to everybody who cares. Hope you were at last night’s meeting. I’ll be writing something shorter about that by day’s end today. Meantime, if you weren’t, your next chance to talk to SDOT about it is at the Delridge Day festival this coming Saturday (August 9th), 11 am-3 pm in the Delridge Community Center park in West Seattle, Delridge/Genesee, just a few miles north. SDOT’s Jim Curtin also told last night’s attendees that the discussions with business owners on the corridor are starting *today* so if that includes you, you should be contacted soon.

  3. What a waste of time….REALLY???? These idiots think reducing lanes to one each way will help HOW???? Maybe these folks should get a hobby or a >>>>>>LIFE

  4. If they really wanted to make it safer, they should just make it a single lane one direction road. The final goal of the traffic managers is to eliminate the car all together.

  5. When Crown Hill businesses and residents asked for marked cross walks for our local schools, and could show speeds 13MPH and more above speed limits, we were told that painted cross walks offered no safety improvements, and that for anything to be done the speeds would have to be more that 15 mph above posted limits to get the changes we needed. Roxbury gets painted crosswalks no questions asked and conversations at 5mph over close to schools.

    SDOT is stunning.

    Congratulations to Roxbury for getting treatment residents of the entire city should get.

  6. is really dangerous waiting for traffic lights at Olson Way/Roxbury, the cars just come barreling down northbound, at times near misses of cars waiting for lights.