When SDOT announced the Vision Zero safety strategy earlier this year, the announcement included a map showing plans for several streets in the Admiral area to be slowed to 20 mph (see page 15). Some street painting pointing out the new maximum was done today – but, as you can see in the photo sent by Ramona, some of the new street markings came out backward – 20 HPM instead of 20 MPH. We went over to see for ourselves before reporting this, and indeed, two sets with “HPM” instead of “MPH” are on the northbound (downhill) side of Fairmount Avenue through the ravine, north of the bridge. Ramona noted that others are in the correct order, but as to why these two were left backward – or not even caught – we’ll be checking tomorrow with SDOT. (We asked Ramona if she was certain it was a city crew; she said her surveillance camera shows the truck was in the area from 12:43 pm to 1:33 pm today.)
MONDAY 12:52 PM UPDATE: While SDOT has yet to respond to our questions about this, Ramona let us know late this morning that crews were there to fix the mistakes; we subsequently traveled the length of Fairmount and confirmed that everything now reads MPH rather than HPM.
2:22 PM: Here’s the SDOT response, from spokesperson Rick Sheridan:
Over the weekend employees of the Seattle Department of Transportation applied roadway markings in eight locations to highlight neighborhood speed limits of 20 miles per hour. The employees incorrectly marked two locations. We are in the process of correcting these markings now and will complete the work by midday Monday. The department will reinforce with its markings crew members and supervisors the need for accuracy in completing this and other work.