TIME TO VOTE: 11 Your Voice, Your Choice projects vying for $ in West Seattle/South Park

The city has just opened voting for the next round of Your Voice, Your Choice projects, proposed by community members for a share of $2 million in citywide park/street-project funds. You can vote online here, supporting up to three projects in District 1 (West Seattle/South Park). Eleven projects are on the D-1 ballot; we’ve previewed it so you can see the list before you open a ballot – each description links to more details about the project proposal:

Crossing Improvements on intersection of SW Admiral Way and 44th Ave SW
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Traffic Calming Improvements on 61st Avenue SW between SW Admiral Way and Beach Drive SW
Estimated Cost: $30,000

Crossing Improvements on 16th Ave SW & SW Holden St
Estimated Cost: $30,000

Crossing Improvements on 9th Ave SW from SW Kenyon St, SW Elmgrove St, and SW Thistle St
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Crossing Improvements on 16th Avenue SW
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Sidewalk/Trail Improvements on SW Barton St between 21st Ave SW and SW Barton Pl
Estimated Cost: $112,700

Crossing Improvements on Olson Pl SW & SW Roxbury St
Estimated Cost: $35,000

Crossing Improvements on 700 S Cloverdale St
Estimated Cost: $90,000

Crossing Improvements on Glenn Way and Oregon St
Estimated Cost: $10,000

Crossing Improvements on the corner of 39th Ave SW and SW Oregon
Estimated Cost: $45,000

Crossing Improvements on SW Alaska St. & 36th Ave. SW
Estimated Cost: $20,000

Voting continues through September 30th; if you want to use a paper ballot, you can get one at any Seattle Public Library branch (or print one from the city YVYC webpage).

19 Replies to "TIME TO VOTE: 11 Your Voice, Your Choice projects vying for $ in West Seattle/South Park"

  • KJ Lyons September 3, 2019 (1:51 pm)

    I don’t understand the purpose of this vote. Every year it is a crossing street improvement vote. Nothing to do with Parks. We have one sidewalk/trail improvement up for vote. Why not just call it the street crossing improvement vote?

  • Chris September 3, 2019 (2:41 pm)

    A senior I know is trying to find out how to get a suggestion for a crosswalk at California and Hill Street.   It is a tough area to cross & nursing home nearby.   She has almost been hit numerous times attempting to cross the street with her dog anytime of the day. Thanks.

  • Scott September 3, 2019 (2:45 pm)

    Where is a solution to the madness that is Ca Ave SW and SW Genesee St at Itto’s?  That intersection bothers me.

  • KM September 3, 2019 (3:40 pm)

    I get so frustrated with these types of “contests”. Neighbors are put into competition with each other to get some sort of safety improvement in their neighborhood, all reasonable and needed. Since we cannot paint/mark/improve every crosswalk, I’d love to see what SDOT and SPD have in mind to keep users safe at the tens of thousands of other crosswalks. What are their plans to enforce driving laws on our roadways, something paint and flashing lights won’t do? Today, 9 drivers failed to yield to me in a crosswalk on Fauntleroy. NINE. It took SDOT a full school year to install flashing lights at an elementary school in my neighborhood. The new neighborhood greenway in WS has no diverters to discourage drivers. And here we are begging for some paint so maybe someone might yield when we cross the street in a crosswalk. 

    • SS September 3, 2019 (4:24 pm)

      Agree completely. Year after year our gov’t pours billions into infrastructure for private automobiles and ignores everyone outside of a car. It’s insanity.

    • Peter September 3, 2019 (5:04 pm)

      “I get so frustrated with these types of “contests”. Neighbors are put into competition with each other.” The only point of these things is to try to avoid “neighborhood activists” howl of faux outrage and sobs of crocodile tears about “the ‘community’ wasn’t listened to!” whenever the city doesn’t kowtow to them. It is NOT intended to identify the most needed projects or the best use of money. It’s a nonsense dog and pony show the city puts on instead using empirical data and the experience of professionals to make spending decisions. 

      • WSB September 3, 2019 (5:15 pm)

        Wrong. Actually, neighborhood advocates aren’t thrilled with this method either. We covered that when the city decided to make the change.

  • HomerS September 3, 2019 (4:04 pm)

    No to speed humps on 61st!! A stop sign at Steven’s would be plenty. By the way, i live on 61st.

    • Olafur September 3, 2019 (5:50 pm)

      I live and walk daily along the WS Greenway and I can tell you the “speed humps” are worthless.  They may work in theory but, in practice, most drivers don’t slow down at all.  Not even a little bit.  Especially the ones who are using the 34th Ave SW portion of the Greenway as a thruway to avoid the congestion on 35th.  They cruise down this residential street at 40mph and ker-chunk, ker-chunk over the speed humps like it’s a road rally.

      • Ulrike September 5, 2019 (3:14 pm)

        I hear ya! I live on the section of 61st Ave with the intended speed cushions (they are not humps). We have upwards of 1,800 cars daily using 61st as a shortcut between Beach Drive and Admiral Way instead of using the arterial (63rd Ave). If two roundabouts and dozens of pot holes on our street don’t deter drivers from using the faster arterial, then speed cushions won’t either, I fear. The plan shows that one set of cushions will likely be installed in front of our house, in case this project goes through. Not looking forward to even more noise at peak traffic times!

    • BartS September 5, 2019 (1:58 pm)

      He said “Speed Hump” 🤣 Come on people get into the spirit of neighbor vs neighbor. Survival of the fittest! I vote for all. 

  • Pedestrian September 3, 2019 (4:49 pm)

    Wasn’t there supposed to be a crosswalk light at 49th and Admiral Way?

    • WSB September 3, 2019 (5:42 pm)

      Flashing beacon and crosswalk. I’ve been in an email chain about its longrunning delay. But what’s mentioned here is 44th, several blocks east.

  • JRR September 3, 2019 (7:56 pm)

    This money should be spent where public development funds are most needed and where the legacy of redlining persists, a.k.a in Highland Park, South Delridge and South Park.

  • Azimuth September 3, 2019 (7:57 pm)

    These painted curbs with posts revised plans are… underwhelming 🙄

  • steve September 3, 2019 (10:55 pm)

    Why does it cost 120k to put in a flashing beacon and a wheelchair ramp?

    • flimflam September 4, 2019 (5:19 am)

      cement mixed with gold leaf? custom crystal encased flashing beacon?

  • TM7302 September 4, 2019 (7:14 pm)

    Imagine all the projects that could get completed (I’m thinking about the round-about at the intersection of SW Holden and Highland Parkway) if we spent the millions that now go to the homeless debacle…

  • Kathy September 6, 2019 (11:34 am)

    I have been trying to communicate with the SDOT reviewer for Project 19-24 “Pedestrian Safety Improvements” at 16th Ave SW and SW Holden. The description indicates that all the pedestrian safety elements have been stripped out and only painted left turn lanes for cars are left due to “budget reasons”.  Still awaiting a response. I would like to know how these painted left turn lanes for cars are going to enhance pedestrian safety.

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