(Admiral Neighborhood Association rally/tribute at 47th/Admiral in 2011)
The Admiral contingent trying to get a traffic signal at 47th SW and SW Admiral Way has just cleared a hurdle – the Southwest District Council has recommended their project “for further evaluation” as a potential Neighborhood Street Fund grant recipient. Admiral Neighborhood Association past president Katy Walum, who pitched the project to SWDC at its meeting this month (WSB coverage here), shared a letter from SDOT’s Therese Casper, excerpted here:
… Your proposal, and 38 others, will be investigated over the next several months to help determine whether it will be designed and built in this third of three NSF rounds under the current Bridging the Gap levy. I will be working with a consultant to develop a preliminary design and cost analysis during this period and it is possible I will contact you at some point to clarify questions or help define alternative approaches.
The results of our evaluations will be returned to you, and to the District Councils in June for ranking, after which the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee will determine the overall ranking of projects across the city in July and August. Those projects ultimately selected will typically be designed in 2014 and built in 2015 (though some might be completed sooner). …
ANA and others have been working to get the intersection considered for a signal; crashes there have included City Council staffer Tatsuo Nakata being hit and killed by a driver while crossing there six years ago. As Walum told SWDC earlier this month, SDOT has said the signal could cost anywhere from $125,000 to $500,000, and while they have it on their list, 11 signals are ahead of it – unless something else accelerates funding, such as this grant program.
Meantime, we’re checking to see which of the other four projects pitched to SWDC are advancing.