Highland Park – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:12:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 GOOD TIME, GOOD CAUSE: ‘Fund the Future’ in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/good-time-good-cause-fund-the-future-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/good-time-good-cause-fund-the-future-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:30:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907523

Saturday night, you’re invited to have a good time for a good cause – a big party with food, drink, and one of the coolest “photo booth” settings ever, all for the Highland Park Elementary PTA, which shares this announcement:

The Highland Park Elementary PTA is putting on our first-ever auction, and we need your help! Our event is less than a week away, February 3rd, and we’ve sold only 61 out of 150 tickets.

An energetic and resourceful group of parents got together to organize our ‘Fund the Future’ auction – featuring delicious food from Joanie’s Catering, tasty cocktails, a ton of items up for bid, games, and a DeLorean. Yes, a DeLorean! Dressing up in costume from your favorite era is encouraged (bonus points for working in the ‘Back to the Future’ theme). Need childcare? Lil’ Bug Studio is showing their support by offering a Parents’ Night Out during the event so your school-aged children can have a fun night out too.

Fundraising is an essential job of any PTA, but a significant challenge at a school where over three quarters of our students come from low-income families. While the Highland Park PTA’s budgetary needs are just a fraction of more affluent schools, we still need to raise funds so we can provide enrichment opportunities for our amazing students, support our hardworking staff, and bring all of our families into the school through events.

We just brought the Science On Wheels program to our school and every student spent a memorable day exploring astronomy. We are beginning construction on a 4-year-old project to build a playground and in two months students will have play structures for the first time. We are trying to make sure our 5th graders have the opportunity for a transformational outdoor experience at IslandWood.

Help us continue this impactful work by going to our party! You can find out more about ‘Fund the Future’ at our blog, and tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets. If you can’t make the event, please consider helping our 5th graders get to IslandWood.

Be the lightning that powers our school family into the future!

Get your ticket(s) here.

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Highland Park Action Committee: Needle cleanup, natural drainage, neighborhood help… http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/highland-park-action-committee-needle-cleanup-natural-drainage-neighborhood-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/highland-park-action-committee-needle-cleanup-natural-drainage-neighborhood-help/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 06:30:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907143

From the Highland Park Action Committee‘s January meeting:

‘I FOUND A NEEDLE, NOW WHAT?’ The Sharps Collection Pilot Program from Seattle Public Utilities gave a presentation. It was basically Needle 101 – where do discarded needles come from? Not just IV drug users – could be people with medical conditions that require injections, even pets that need shots, or allergy sufferers. In Seattle, it’s illegal to just throw needles in the trash, “for the safety of sanitation workers,” said the SPU presenters.

If you find a needle on public property:

-Don’t touch it
-Report via Find It Fix It
-Website: seattle.gov/util/sharps
-Illegal dumping hotline: 206-684-7587

If you report it that way, “The city will come and clean up the needle for you!” the slide deck promised. Within 24 hours, the SPU reps added. But not if it’s on private property – in that case, you have to pick it up, but then you can bring it to a public disposal site. So – how to clean up on private property? That was the next section of the presentation. Be sure you have:

-Puncture-proof container
-Tongs
-Gloves

Never touch the needle with your hands – not even to re-cap it. (It’s not just a matter of getting poked – it’s any contact with a virus that might still be “alive,” for hours or even days.)

Place the puncture-proof container on a flat surface close to the needle; open it to prepare it. Use your tongs to pick it up – by the plunger, not by the needle. Hold it far away from your body and place the sharp end into the container first. Then put the cap back on your puncture-proof container and tape the top shut. Dispose of your gloves – wash your hands – deliver the container to a sharps bin near you. There’s a map on this page or scroll through it below:

As you can see, in our area, Roxhill Park has a large box, and Westcrest Park has a restroom with a smaller box, or you can take the container to the South Transfer Station.

The program is likely to expand a bit this year, the SPU team said, depending on usage and on what they hear in “outreach” events like this. They might “do a little rearranging, a little adding, a little subtracting,” and are open to location suggestions. HPAC co-chair Gunner Scott suggested Riverview Playfield. Other suggestions included the vicinity of 16th/Roxbury.

The SPU reps noted that they have only received three needle reports in this area recently. It was suggested, that might be because people aren’t that aware of the project. You can find out more about it here.

LONGFELLOW NATURAL-DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: A different presenter from Seattle Public Utilities brought an update on this project – they’ve identified potential blocks for installing “natural drainage” (raingardens, etc.) and most are NOT in Highland Park. See the map here. Along with feasibility, residents’ interest is part of how they’re deciding on siting; construction is set for 2019-2020.

HPIC UPDATE: Events ahead at Highland Park Improvement Club, where HPAC meets, include Punk Rock Aerobics, the new class that just started on Thursday nights. … The February first-Friday Corner Bar is coming up February 2nd … then there’s second-Friday Art Lounge on February 9th, and third-Friday Family Movie Night on February 16th … April 29th will be a work party to spruce up HPIC itself, May 19th is the 10th annual Uncorked wine-celebration fundraiser … Highland Park Elementary‘s fundraising auction is coming up February 3rd and a DeLorean car will be at HPIC for photos!

HPAC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE UPDATE: They’re taking nominations for leadership positions – co-chairs Scott and Michele Witzki would like to make way for new leaders. You can nominate yourself or someone else; voting is planned at next month’s meeting. … Some by-law tweaks were discussed (they are summarized and linked here) – a final vote is planned next month … There was discussion about how to get more community involvement, and also how to get more infrastructure for the neighborhood, especially with the roundabout project that has lost out on funding time and time again.

RAPIDRIDE H LINE: This planning-stages project, converting Metro Route 120 to the RapidRide H Line, was brought up by an attendee before meeting’s end. He said central Delridge in particular – the route area closest to Highland Park – is not getting much attention in the current discussions about stops and other aspects. (Here’s our most-recent coverage of what’s being proposed.) Co-chair Witzki urged people to take a look and interpret it “for themselves and how their neighborhoods might be affected.” Co-chair Scott mentioned that this is the type of topic for which committee creation would be optimal, and added that they could ask SDOT to come to HPAC’s February or March meeting.

DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS: Community-engagement coordinator Laura Jenkins reminded attendees that the Your Voice, Your Choice street/park-project-grant fund is in the idea-collection phase, through February 2nd – you can send in ideas online or on paper via libraries. One of the idea-reviewing meetings will be in east West Seattle, she said, either Highland Park or Puget Ridge. (Later in the meeting, HPAC concerns were voiced including what was happening with the projects that “won” last year (and a promised 11th/Henderson project that wasn’t on the official “winners” list), as well as ensuring that translated materials were available to community members for whom English is not a primary language). … Jenkins also noted that Neighbor Day is coming up February 10th.

APOLOGIES … that we arrived late (from the overlapping Lincoln Park Play Area meeting) and missed the first 20-plus minutes, including the update from Friends of Southwest Indoor Tennis.

The Highland Park Action Committee usually meets fourth Wednesdays – its next meeting is 7 pm February 28th at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). Watch hpacws.org for updates.

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UPDATE: Seattle Fire callout near Westcrest Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/seattle-fire-callout-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/seattle-fire-callout-in-highland-park/#comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:42:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907202 (Photo tweeted by SFD)

12:42 PM: A big Seattle Fire callout is in the 8400 block of 5th SW [map], near Westcrest Park, where SFD says what started as a vehicle fire has “extended to a structure.”

12:48 PM: According to radio communications, the fire has not extended to the residence at that address. Many of the responding units have been dismissed. Adding an SFD photo from before the vehicle fire was extinguished.

(WSB photo)

1:08 PM: Our crew at the scene confirms that the fire is out. How it started remains under investigation; we’re told no one was home at the time, and there are no injuries.

(WSB photo)

1:16 PM: Firefighters on the scene also confirm that damage is limited to the vehicle and garage. (Photo of the other side of the house, added above)

6:08 PM: SFD tells us they have not yet determined how the fire started, “pending further investigation.” Damage estimate: “$20,000 loss to structure and $20,000 loss vehicle.”

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Pedestrian injured in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/pedestrian-injured-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/pedestrian-injured-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:55:05 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906958 (Reader photo, texted)

Thanks for the tips on an emergency response at 15th/Holden in Highland Park. The scene cleared shortly after we arrived a few minutes ago, but for anyone who was wondering – police tell us a pedestrian was hit. Her injuries were not major, and a private ambulance was called to take her to the hospital to be checked out.

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Possible gunfire heard in Highland Park, South Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/possible-gunfire-heard-in-highland-park-south-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/possible-gunfire-heard-in-highland-park-south-delridge/#comments Sun, 07 Jan 2018 08:53:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905739 We’ve heard from residents of Highland Park and South Delridge about possible gunfire heard around 12:30 am. 911 calls were made. This time, so far, no word of any shooting victims, and we haven’t heard whether any casings or damage turned up either.

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UPDATE: ‘Overheated electrical equipment’ blamed for Highland Park house fire http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/full-response-for-house-fire-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/full-response-for-house-fire-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:12:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905194 (UPDATED TUESDAY AFTERNOON with fire’s cause)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited)

12:12 AM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is arriving at a house that’s on fire in the 7700 block of 14th SW near Holden [map].

12:17 AM: The first units to arrive report flames and heavy smoke from what’s described as a 3-story house.

12:22 AM: More engines are being sent.

12:35 AM: Just added first photos sent by our photographer, who says flames and smoke can still be seen pouring from the house.

Via scanner, we’ve heard firefighters say they’ve finished searching and have not found any victims in the house.

12:59 AM: SFD’s public-information officer Kristin Tinsley has arrived at the scene. She confirms no injuries are reported so far. Meantime, two nearby residents have sent photos – this first one via text:

This is via e-mail from Bryan:

1:11 AM: SFD tells us 4 people were home when the fire started. They all got out OK, no one hurt. SFD isn’t certain yet if more people live at the house. The Red Cross is being called to help. (Added – our video of spokesperson Tinsley’s briefing:)

Fire’s still not out, one hour after initial dispatch.

1:18 AM: The fire is now declared officially “under control.”

1:29 AM: And now they’re describing the fire 90+-percent out. Meantime, the people for whom they’re calling for Red Cross assistance are described as 3 women and 3 men, all adults.

2:05 AM: SFD has dismissed some of its crews. Investigators will be working to try to figure out the cause – we’ll have updates later this morning.

9:18 AM: SFD’s fire investigator is back out at the scene right now. Engine 11 is also keeping “fire watch” – an engine usually stays at major fire scenes for a while in case of flareups – you can see the hoses in our photo taken a short time ago:

We will update whenever new information is available.

2:01 PM: SFD just announced that “overheated electrical equipment in the void space above the basement kitchen” is what started the fire. Damage is estimated at $450,000.

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VIDEO: 2017 Not-So-Silent-Night Parade and fiery followup rock New Year’s Eve at Highland Park Improvement Club http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/video-2017-not-so-silent-night-parade-and-fiery-followup-rock-new-years-eve-at-highland-park-improvement-club/ Mon, 01 Jan 2018 05:36:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905068 (WSB photos and video)

Highland Park is the only neighborhood in West Seattle where you can start your New Year’s Eve with a parade – and tonight’s 9th annual Not-So-Silent-Night Parade through the streets near Highland Park Improvement Club was huge, with more than 100 participating, all ages as always:

The light of the almost-full moon shone on the parade, with participants invited to bring drums, noisemakers, musical instruments, lights, whatever adds to the cheery stroll along the sidewalks – here’s what it sounded like near the start:


The weather was about as good as it gets – dry and not too cold (it’s a no-matter-what-the-weather parade, and we even recall icy 2010). Things warmed up considerably once everyone was back in the HPIC lot, as the Sage Comet Performance returned after skipping NYE 2016:

Then everyone moved into the historic HPIC building to join the Corner Bar party, usually on first Fridays except for New Year’s Eve:

For the holiday, there was the extra element of a masquerade party – those in costume include DJs Dr. Lehl and Evan:

The DJs and musician McTuff are providing the HPIC sounds for as long as the party goes on – 1 am or so. And we suspect it’s the only West Seattle NYE party with a hot-dog stand in the courtyard:

You’re invited, 1116 SW Holden.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEW YEAR’S EVE 2017: Highland Park Improvement Club invites you to parade and Corner Bar again this year http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/neighborhood-new-years-eve-2017-highland-park-improvement-club-invites-you-to-parade-and-corner-bar-again-this-year/ Fri, 29 Dec 2017 04:01:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904848 hpnye2(WSB photo, Highland Park Not-So-Silent-Night Parade 2016)

You can make it a neighborhood New Year’s Eve again this year by celebrating with Highland Park Improvement Club – starting with the all-ages Not-So-Silent-Night Parade along nearby streets. As also featured in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, here’s the full night’s lineup for Sunday at HPIC:

Join us in our annual celebration of the New Year. We’ll be hosting a Masquerade Party, so come donning your best masks, disguises, or alter egos.

Not So Silent Night Parade – Assemble at 6 pm. We will head out into the neighborhood when everyone is ready. Bring your noisemakers, lights, umbrellas – whatever is necessary!

DJ Dr. Lehl & DJ Evan will provide us the tunes that take us to the main event.

The HPIC Hot Dog Stand will be open in the Courtyard, courtesy of Nickie Jostol!

McTuff will provide us with the life-sustaining music that will power us to and through the New Year from 9ish until late (1-130?)

RL Carroll will be here again for all your keepsake photos!

All ages!

Beverages – Draft beer, wine, special cocktail and champagne! As always, we offer a wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages as well. Please remember that no outside alcohol is allowed.

HPIC is on the northeast corner of 12th SW/SW Holden. (If you’ve never seen, or been part of, the parade, check out our coverage from last year.)

Got a New Year’s Eve/Day event in West Seattle that’s not already in our Holiday Guide? Please e-mail us the info ASAP so we can add it – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS: SDOT crew installs flashing-beacon signs on 16th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/safety-improvements-sdot-crew-installs-flashing-beacon-signs-on-16th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/safety-improvements-sdot-crew-installs-flashing-beacon-signs-on-16th-sw/#comments Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:00:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904482 (WSB photo)

Thanks to Highland Park Action Committee co-chair Michele Witzki for the tip: SDOT crews have been out today finishing the installation of pedestrian-activated flashing-beacon signs for crosswalks on 16th SW – the one in our photo, at 16th/Trenton, as well as 16th/Thistle, 16th/Kenyon, and 16th/Webster. Along with the recently installed speed humps on Trenton, these are related to the Highland Park Greenway project, as detailed on this SDOT mailer, which includes a map of the project zone.

P.S. The beacons aren’t active yet – we learned while reporting on an unrelated project elsewhere in West Seattle recently that it takes a separate crew, with electrical specialists, to do that part of the work.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police find stolen car; vehicle break-in; abandoned bicycle http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-find-stolen-car-vehicle-break-in-abandoned-bicycle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-find-stolen-car-vehicle-break-in-abandoned-bicycle/#comments Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:34:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904187 In West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR FOUND: Thanks for the text about a sizable police presence at 16th and Henderson this past hour. Officers were questioning someone after finding a stolen car.

Two reader reports:

CAR PROWL: From Cheryl:

Wanted to let you know that I filed a police report on 12/12 regarding a break in of my car parked in front of my apartment building (in the 3500 block of) SW Ocean View Drive, Arbor Heights. They took several personal items including leather gloves (which were in a compartment), my phone holder, CDs (in the trunk) and my handicap parking permit (in the side compartment of my door). Other silly items taken as well.

ABANDONED BICYCLE: Lisa says this has been on a Fauntleroy corner for almost two weeks:

Yours? Let us know.

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UPDATE: Seattle Fire ‘full response’ in 7700 block 8th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/seattle-fire-full-response-sent-to-possible-house-fire-in-7700-block-8th-sw/ Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:44:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903893 11:44 PM: A “full response” is headed to a possible house fire in the 7700 block of 8th SW [map]. Initial description is that it’s believed to be an electrical fire in the basement.

11:48 PM: Per scanner, first crews to arrive report “light smoke.”

11:51 PM: It’s been assessed as an electrical problem but no flames; most of the SFD crews are being dismissed.

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GRATITUDE: Neighbor’s message, ‘Love the lights in Highland Park’ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/gratitude-neighbors-message-love-the-lights-in-highland-park/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:34:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903596 (WSB photos. Santa and Frosty are the highlight at this house)

With just under two weeks until Christmas, it’s time we start showcasing more lights, so we photographed a few displays on 16th SW tonight after getting this note from Meredith – the subject line, “Love the lights in Highland Park”:

Just wanted send some love out to my neighbors. I live in Highland Park near the fire station. I have to drive down 16th to Burien everyday for work. I just ADORE all the winter holiday lights everyone has put up on the stretch between Holden and Barton on 16th. It literally brightens my day and warms my spirit. Thanks and don’t stop!

We traveled the stretch at dusk and photographed a few displays. Nothing really big and flashy … just enough to warm the heart. This one is just south of Holden:

Next to that, lights are shining on DutchBoy Coffee:

Let us know where you’re seeing lights – we hope to feature some nightly through Christmas – e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com (photo if you have one, if not, just let us know where to look and we’ll go get one ourselves).

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UPDATE: House fire in Highland Park; no injuries reported http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/seattle-fire-full-response-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/seattle-fire-full-response-in-highland-park/#comments Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:48:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903379 (Added: WSB photos, unless otherwise credited)

5:48 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “full response” to a fire reported “on the exterior” of a house in Highland Park, in the 7500 block of 14th SW [map].

5:52 PM: Per scanner, the fire may have extended into the house. Everyone is reported to have gotten out OK.

5:56 PM: The fire’s reported to be burning in the attic. SFD confirms no injuries reported.

6:10 PM: Traffic alert – SW Holden is blocked in the area. The fire is now reported to be under control. The Red Cross is being called to help the house’s residents.

(Seattle Fire Dept. photo)

6:19 PM: One resident told our photographer that they believe the fire was electrical and started in a wall in the back of the house. She confirms everyone got out OK, but they’re currently looking for their two cats.

7:19 PM: Holden is open again.

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FYI from SPD: Level 3 sex offender moves to Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/fyi-from-spd-level-3-sex-offender-moves-to-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/fyi-from-spd-level-3-sex-offender-moves-to-highland-park/#comments Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:55:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903033 Just received from Southwest Precinct crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Burbridge, one of the occasional notifications that a Level 3 sex offender has moved into the area:

In an effort to keep you informed, and in our constant attempts to reduce future victimization, we want to let you know about one level 3 sex offender that has recently moved into the Southwest Precinct area.

Douglas Cole, a 49-year-old White male, is a level 3 registered sex offender who has recently moved to the 9400 block of 4th Ave SW. Mr. Cole is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision.

Detective Foster from the Seattle Police Department’s Sex Offender Detail is responsible for verifying his addresses as long as he is living there.

To learn more about this offender and for additional safety tips please visit the website at www.waspc.org and search by his name. [Editor’s note: You will find his photo and background here.]

If you have further questions about this offenders, contact Michelle McRae of the Seattle Police Sex Offender Detail at (206) 684-5581 or e-mail at michelle.mcrae@seattle.gov.

To register to receive an email alert whenever a published offender registers within one mile of your desired addresses, go to this link.

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since these offenders have completed their sentences, they are free to live where they wish. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offenders could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.
Please call me to schedule a Block Watch meeting if your block is interested. My office phone at the precinct is (206) 256-6820.

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WEST SEATTLE ROAD WORK: Speed humps and more, extending Highland Park Greenway down SW Trenton http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/west-seattle-road-work-speed-humps-and-more-extending-highland-park-greenway-down-sw-trenton/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/west-seattle-road-work-speed-humps-and-more-extending-highland-park-greenway-down-sw-trenton/#comments Wed, 29 Nov 2017 23:12:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902216 (WSB photo: Looking west on Trenton from east of 14th SW)

Jeff asked us on Twitter about the speed-hump installation on SW Trenton, so we checked out the work and checked in with SDOT. From 18th SW eastward, they’re going in on an average of one per block, along with other features to make the street more walking/biking friendly, as an extension of the Highland Park Greenway. SDOT’s Dan Anderson says it’s a continuation of the work described in this alert that was sent to area residents a while back.

The speed humps on SW Trenton St are part of an extension of the existing neighborhood greenway to Highland Park Elementary School and playground. … SW Trenton St and 11th Ave SW will get our typical neighborhood greenway traffic calming treatment of about one speed hump per block. We’ll add pavement markings in about a month – weather permitting – and we’ll be adding stop signs for side streets and other wayfinding and safety signage.

The speed-hump installation is moving eastward – when we took a look earlier this afternoon, SW Trenton was closed east of 13th, while work west of there continued with the road remaining open.

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