West Seattle safety: Next set of ‘rectangular rapid-flash beacons’ going in @ Highland Park intersection

Thanks to Beef for the photo from 11th SW and SW Holden in Highland Park, where SDOT’s installing another set of “rectangular rapid-flash beacons” in hopes of making it safer for people to cross. West Seattle’s first set has been up for about a month at California/Dakota north of The Junction, as reported here; a third set is in the works for the new crosswalk in front of the Boren Building at 5950 Delridge Way SW, home to K5 STEM and interim home to Arbor Heights Elementary (for one more year).

7 Replies to "West Seattle safety: Next set of 'rectangular rapid-flash beacons' going in @ Highland Park intersection"

  • PangolinPie June 23, 2015 (2:58 pm)

    YAY! I cross here all the time to get to the HPIC and every time it’s a bit scary. So nice to have these!

  • Melissa June 23, 2015 (7:55 pm)

    I agree with Pangolinpie. It should be less scary getting to HPIC and my friends who live in Riverview.

  • Chris W June 23, 2015 (8:07 pm)

    The lights at California and Dakota weren’t working at 5:30pm today.

    • WSB June 23, 2015 (8:44 pm)

      Chris – maybe that explains why I just passed through the area and stopped for someone crossing without the lights flashing (they were already in the crosswalk when I approached so I didn’t see whether they tried to press the button or not). Did you report to SDOT? 206-684-ROAD is their general hotline. – TR

  • WestSeattleGirl June 23, 2015 (9:21 pm)

    Even when they are working and flashing, people still don’t see them or don’t care and blow though the crosswalk even when you are in it. A caution yellow light over the wall might have been more useful. Or moving the walk up a block to the gas station corner where there is better visibility.

  • Don Brubeckd June 24, 2015 (9:21 am)

    This is a win for the neighborhood, especially for children who cross here to get to school. The lights were recommended by traffic engineers for this location, and were funded by a Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund Grant that the Highland Park Improvement Club applied for, with support from West Seattle Bike Connections, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and others in Riverview and HP. Delridge Community Council recommended it for city funding. Let’s please look, see and care.

  • westseattledood June 24, 2015 (5:52 pm)

    I drove right through the Cal & Dakota crosswalk last week. Forgot it was there but really…. Not visible enough for me. It didn’t catch my eye at all. I wasn’t going fast either. I go under 30 on Cal. Too narrow on the horizontal when green lights are placed behind green leaves on street trees and not bright enough to distinguish a warning device. Nice attempt but why green lights? Shaking my head…

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