As first reported last month, one of the Neighborhood Street Fund projects approved by the city would extend the sidewalk along Alki Point, from this spot where it ends at the west edge of the Alki promenade. Local resident Susan Jones wrote to the city with a concern about the potential effects on the street itself, and shared the resulting e-mail exchange, which also includes word from the city that “significant community outreach” regarding the project is planned for spring:
Excerpt from her e-mail:
I am concerned that emergency vehicles may not have access to the neighborhood due to the narrow streets. I have seen fire engines struggle to navigate the curve at Alki Ave SW and Point Pl SW and I frequently have to stop to allow oncoming traffic to go through the narrow street before proceeding. I am worried that the placement of a new sidewalk will lead to more traffic congestion and increased accidents, both for pedestrians and autos.A check of fire and police reports should have the number of times emergency vehicles have responded to the Point Pl SW and Alki Ave SW area. There was a fire on the roof of the apartments at 3151 Alki Ave SW about a month ago and 4 fire trucks responded with there not being enough room on the street for them all to get to the fire. Please make sure that the safety of the residents on Alki are not compromised by the addition of a sidewalk!
The reply as forwarded by the Jones family:
Dear Ms. Jones,
Thank you for your email regarding emergency vehicle access along Alki Ave SW and particularly at Point Place SW intersection. I have been to the site and agree that the entrance to Point Place SW is not as defined as a typical intersection. Your point about emergency vehicle access is great. As with any SDOT improvement, we work with the Fire Department to ensure emergency vehicle access and we expect them to be involved during the design process. We are currently in the initial stages of working with consultants to gather baseline information in order to identify potential improvements and will have a significant community outreach effort underway in late Spring. As we have your contact information, we will send you any community involvement notices. Thank you again for taking the time to write.
Neighborhood Street Fund Program Manager
Seattle Department of Transportation