In a basement meeting room at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library, it’s about as low-key as public meetings get – several SDOT employees are here at two tables with simple drawings of Admiral Way as it will look if the new “rechannelization” proposal is approved – you can see those drawings here. (If you’re missing this meeting, SDOT says another open house is likely.) There’s some spirited discussion under way as well as basic Q/A – one man is challenging an SDOT employee about why bicycles should get what he considers a lot of accommodation, resulting in what he expects will be a lot of motorized-vehicle congestion.
This plan does include bike lanes uphill and downhill, and after staring at the drawings, it’s easier to summarize what’s being proposed: For vehicles, on the “downhill” side, Admiral Way would be one lane, with the outside southeastbound lane becoming a required right turn onto SW Olga before it ends; then, a right-turn-only lane returns most of the way down the hill, channeling people to the under-bridge connector to SW Avalon Way (which WILL remain open). There is a “buffered” bike lane in both directions, downhill and uphill; the uphill bike lane is separated from vehicle traffic not only by that buffer, but also by a parking lane (for the top half of the uphill section – some parking is being removed south of City View). Vehicles have two lanes uphill. Another key point: With traffic narrowed from the current four lanes, SDOT is proposing restoring the crosswalk at SW City View (map) that was removed in 2007. No signals, though.
Cost? An estimated $75,000. How much time to restripe? About a week. Decision? Not till public comments are received, which is part of what’s going on here tonight (you can fill out a hard-copy survey), as well as via e-mail or phone (email@example.com or 206-684-7583). The plan also is on the agenda at the Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, starting less than a mile away at Admiral Congregational Church, right when this one ends, at 7 pm. ADDED EARLY WEDNESDAY: Notes from that discussion, ahead:
Jason Grotelueschen, who covered the ANA meeting for WSB, reports that member Karl de Jong summarized the open house for those in the group who hadn’t been able to go. Then, he writes:
Another attendee who also went to the earlier open house reported that SDOT representatives were “open to feedback” and did a respectable job of answering tough questions — she encouraged West Seattle residents to focus on providing “constructive feedback” about the project and its goals. De Jong said SDOT representatives cited “reduction of downhill speeding” as a primary reason for the project, but some attendees at the ANA meeting questioned the effectiveness of that.
De Jong also said that SDOT representatives acknowledged that the previous “education solution” to the problem (flashing speed indicator) isn’t working very well, thus they are trying to employ an “engineering solution.”
ANA president Katy Walum reported that the group will be in communication with SDOT representatives to invite them to future meetings.
Attendees at the ANA meeting had a variety of opinions on the issue, but generally agreed that people “need to slow down” on the Admiral downhill, and were interested to be involved with future discussions.