READER REPORT: Work at 35th SW/SW Dawson signal’s future location

11:29 AM THURSDAY: The photo is from Stephanie at 35th SW and SW Dawson (by the entrance to Camp Long). She reports:

They are starting the work for the traffic light. I spoke with the survey team; the plans show four light bar posts.

SDOT announced the long-requested “full traffic signal” for 35th/Dawson as part of the “35th SW Phase 2” work first outlined here last April. Last fall, SDOT said crossing improvements at three 35th SW intersections including Dawson would start as soon as November, but then announced an indefinite postponement. We’ll be checking on whether they have a construction timetable yet.

9:04 AM FRIDAY: SDOT tells us, “While we don’t expect signal construction to begin until next month at the earliest, we’re surveying in preparation of utility potholing . This is necessary prep work for the installation of the new traffic signal.”

7 Replies to "READER REPORT: Work at 35th SW/SW Dawson signal's future location"

  • Tim J. January 17, 2019 (12:12 pm)

    They will fix this but not the dangerous Holden and Highland Park Way intersection?

    • Buttercup January 17, 2019 (2:16 pm)

      I agree Tim. Seems not well thought out.

    • Jon Wright January 17, 2019 (3:19 pm)

      Statistically, 35th is more dangerous. But it shouldn’t  have to be one or the other. Seattle keeps trying to rely on grants to fund a Highland Way roundabout; time to give up on that strategy and just fund it out of the city budget.

      • Craig January 18, 2019 (7:13 am)

        I agree.   South Park residents can’t even walk out of their neighborhood to the west because of the lack of ped. facilities,  Highland Park(which does have plenty of destinations btw) is overrun with dangerous cut through traffic and has regular accidents at HP way and Holden,  Roxbury is a nightmare,  Camp Long deserves safe access, – many neighborhoods have serious safety issues relating to traffic and there are scarce resources allocated to SDOT while developers cash in on the housing crisis.   Something needs to change.  

    • Cindy January 17, 2019 (8:44 pm)

      35th SW is one of the most dangerous streets in the city. We’ve lost a neighbor and have had countless car crashes in front of our house. Camp Long is a lovely neighborhood park that is cut off from the neighborhood. Try running across 4 lanes of traffic that routinely speeds down that street. That light has been fought for hard. Don’t disparage it.

  • S in West Seattle January 17, 2019 (8:09 pm)

    Why would you think Holden and Highland Park Way is more deserving then 35th and Dawson. There is nothing around that area. 35th and Dawson you have Camp Long, which doesn’t have enough parking alot of the time. People end up having to park across the street and play frogger.

  • Carol Wagener January 19, 2019 (8:34 pm)

    There is also a #21 bus stop just north of Dawson on the east side of 35th that  is difficult to get to with no traffic light.  I’ve been trying to get a crosswalk, or crosswalk light put in here since 1993 so very happy to see this finally going in.

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