UPDATE: 35th/Juneau crash, no serious injuries

6:52 PM: Thanks for the texts. SB 35th is blocked at Juneau right now because of a 2-car crash. No serious injuries; no one being taken to the hospital – so SFD has just left.

6:54 PM: One SB lane has just reopened. Juneau remains blocked west of 35th – might be that way until the damaged cars are clear, as one is up on the curb of the NW corner of the intersection (photo added above).

7:35 PM: Just went by again. Outside SB 35th lane still blocked as is Juneau to the west. No tow trucks in sight.

7:50 PM: Thanks to Jay for the text saying the tow trucks have arrived.

8:54 PM: And shortly thereafter, Patrick reported via Twitter, the scene was clear.

SIDE NOTE: On Twitter, Matt brought up the potential changes ahead for this intersection, which has had high-profile crashes over the year. We checked the archives and it was exactly one year ago today that SDOT had its 35th SW Safety Project Phase 2 “open house” in High Point – mentioning that a signal or other crossing improvement was possible at 35th/Juneau as part of the West Seattle Greenway project. But the “most promising route” unveiled for that in June didn’t include 35th/Juneau at all. And we’re still waiting to hear about the next steps on 35th SW Phase 2.

9 Replies to "UPDATE: 35th/Juneau crash, no serious injuries"

  • chemist August 4, 2017 (9:45 pm)

    You wrote in that prior piece “*Signal or turn restrictions/crossing at Juneau or Graham” so having it at Graham would satisfy everything SDOT promised.

    • WSB August 4, 2017 (9:51 pm)

      Not accusing anyone of breaking promises. Just an interesting side note since it came up on Twitter and that reminded me the intersection has been under discussion. The West Seattle Greenway became a more prominent component of the 35th discussion as of that open house on this night last year; certainly 35th/Graham has had its problems too. Both intersections have had fatalities in recent years.

      • chemist August 4, 2017 (11:37 pm)

        Oh, I see.  BTW, if you’re following-up, did this official fall report ever get released ?  It’s not on the project page.

        9:40 PM: After the last few attendees trickled out just
        past 9, we spent a while talking with project manager Curtin. First, we
        brought up the point made in comments, about comparing the crash and
        injury/death stats from the not-quite-a-year post-Phase 1 to the ten
        years ahead of time. He agreed that the real tale will be in the
        official report this fall, when they will use a 3-year period for
        comparison, and will β€œlay out everything we have.”

  • Jort Sandwich August 5, 2017 (10:42 am)

    I am looking forward to the rechannelization of 35th, in order to decrease crashes like this and to make the road safer for all people.

    • JanS August 5, 2017 (12:28 pm)

      Jort, you are brave saying that here…lol…wait for the “blasphemy” cries…hehe

  • Vanessa August 5, 2017 (6:55 pm)

    One of the “best” WORST intersections in West Seattle.  

  • Mark August 5, 2017 (11:11 pm)

    Jort I am still waiting on the source reference regarding your comment on 59th at Admiral SDoT’s all way stop proposal.  I provided you the reference why it is not warranted, unbalanced traffic volumes, unequal street classification.

    35th Ave is a Principal Arterial with the north section serving over 20,000 vpd that is greater than the typical capacity of a 3 lane street of up to 18,000 vpd

    How many more thousands of residents now live in WS, the City needs to find improvements that both enhance safety and do not cut capacity.  

    The north section of 35th could be rechanneled to 5 lanes with the curb lane used for parking off peak.  Short sections of raised medians with ped breaks near bus stops to provide pedestrian refuge.

    Parking restrictions near intersections to maintain sight lines to enhance safety.

  • dsa August 6, 2017 (9:25 am)

    Mark makes sense.  Obviously he does not work for the city since their actions increase congestion, air pollution, and travel times.

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