Speed bumps on 48th SW in Seaview: Meeting next Thursday

May 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | In Safety, Seaview, Transportation, West Seattle news | 16 Comments

It’s a straightaway from Seaview toward Genesee – and many neighbors say drivers tend to treat that section of 48th SW like a drag strip. They asked the city for help, and now four sets of speed bumps between Brandon and Graham (map) are closer to reality. SDOT says they are slated for installation in September, provided they work out the details with the neighborhood. Next step, a community meeting at 7 pm Thursday (May 19th) at Seaview Methodist Church (thanks to Barb for sharing the official flyer distributed to neighbors – see it, with a photo of the proposed bumps, here).

16 Comments

  1. Next stop…I-35!

    Comment by johnnyblegs — 1:24 pm May 13, 2011 #

  2. Its an arterial, for goodness sakes! Use enforcement as action, but to shut down everyone for the bad behavior of a few is lame. Whats next, California?

    Comment by george — 1:34 pm May 13, 2011 #

  3. I like the idea, if I had a family or kids or something I would want people to slow down. People still speed along admiral and I-35, I dont know if enforcement works as well as making them slow down via speed bumps

    Comment by Brandon — 1:45 pm May 13, 2011 #

  4. It’s a collector arterial, not a principal arterial. To my understanding, speed bumps aren’t allowed on principal arterials, but collectors, or minors, are candidates. (See Beach Drive, which is a minor arterial.) This map shows which is which:
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/streetclassmaps/plan.pdf

    Comment by WSB — 1:45 pm May 13, 2011 #

  5. I’m in the middle of this speedy straightaway and very happy that speed bumps are in the works.

    Comment by squareeyes — 1:54 pm May 13, 2011 #

  6. Cool.

    Comment by Watertowerjoey — 2:08 pm May 13, 2011 #

  7. If you’re in the vicinity right now – there’s a bit of trouble with broken glass in one lane, 6300 block of 48th SW, per the scanner. Apparently a dropped window. FYI! – TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:14 pm May 13, 2011 #

  8. Just get some of the utilty companies to come by and create some pot holes. It seems to work everywhere else.

    Comment by boy — 2:37 pm May 13, 2011 #

  9. Uh oh, I’ve been nabbed. I started using 48th instead of Beach Drive because it was aggravating my incontinence. Where will I go now?

    Comment by brn2bm — 3:55 pm May 13, 2011 #

  10. They can throw 49th between Alaska and jacobsen in to the deal too

    Comment by Bob H — 4:18 pm May 13, 2011 #

  11. I frequently take my kids across 48th on bikes or by foot & it can be very dangerous. We actually try & avoid this road altogether. At night, you can hear motorcycles & tricked out racers zoom by. speed bumps are a great idea. too bad they can’t design speeds bumps that pop up at night. I can see the point of everyone being punished for a few problem drivers but people do abuse this route as a speed corridor.

    Comment by SV — 4:39 pm May 13, 2011 #

  12. The problem with speed bumps is they replace one annoyance with another. Maybe the speed bumps make the street safer (that’s a good thing), but they’ll also ruin a good bypass of California/Fauntleroy. Sometimes I wonder if people are more upset about the increased traffic near their house than they are speeding traffic?

    Comment by sean — 5:07 pm May 13, 2011 #

  13. I’d rather have 200 cars a day traveling at a safe speed (aka speed limit) than 100 cars traveling at 50+mph in a 30mph zone.

    Comment by SV — 6:21 pm May 13, 2011 #

  14. Hey while there at it they need some pot holes on SW100 between 35SW and marine veiw drive. This is another race way. Sean your right more people are taking that route ever since they change fauntleroy. Alot of people choose this way in the mornning to avoid following the long line of ferry traffic.

    Comment by boy — 6:26 pm May 13, 2011 #

  15. Well then, lets speed bump Charlestown, Genesee, 56th, California, Fauntleroy, LP, Hanford, Sylvan, Delridge, 16th, 9th and every other straightaway in WS. They all have their issues and obviously, drivers can’t be trusted.

    Comment by george — 6:55 pm May 13, 2011 #

  16. This is a good idea. I love to get places fast, but there are lots of families and pets walking around this road and I think we need to give them a break. I think the bumps will be a nice reminder, even for me, to slow down.
    I wish we could do the same on 35th, but sounds like that is not possible.

    Comment by Westie — 9:28 am May 14, 2011 #

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