READER REPORT: 35th/Dawson stoplight activated

The photo is from a reader who just texted that the 35th/Dawson stoplight “went live this afternoon.” That’s ahead of the latest estimate cited by SDOT when we inquired recently. The signal has been long requested for the intersection that includes the entrance to Camp Long, and was promised as part of Phase 2 of the 35th SW Safety Project.

18 Replies to "READER REPORT: 35th/Dawson stoplight activated"

  • WSOwl January 28, 2020 (3:52 pm)

    Happy crossings!

  • Jort January 28, 2020 (4:31 pm)

    Wonderful. Hopefully this long-overdue safety improvement is just among many to come in the future that will forcibly alter the reckless, dangerous behaviors of people driving automobiles. The people of Seattle deserve safer places to walk and cycle.

    • Gene January 28, 2020 (9:38 pm)

      Oh please-people driving automobiles are reckless & dangerous -uh huh.

      • Peter January 29, 2020 (12:45 am)

        Most of them are. 

        • Rumbles January 29, 2020 (10:03 am)

          Be realistic, There is a fair share of reckless bikers too.  Sheesh!

          • Jort January 29, 2020 (2:14 pm)

            How many “reckless” cyclists have killed or seriously injured people in Seattle? You probably don’t have to think too long about that number.

      • Seriously? January 29, 2020 (11:15 am)

        From my observation, yes, most drivers are “reckless and dangerous.” Just watch the area around WSHS for 5 minutes after school lets out. Or when the ballet-yoga studio people leave after a class. Or when the church services are finished on Sunday. . .

      • Jort January 29, 2020 (2:29 pm)

        25 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries in 2019 alone — the most for Seattle in a decade — is in indication that, yes, people are driving reckless and dangerously. It’s time to put the brakes on Seattle’s extremely dangerous car-first culture. Time to slow down.

  • Eb Crawford January 28, 2020 (5:16 pm)

    Woohoo. Finally. 

  • westsidePOPS January 28, 2020 (9:25 pm)

    Is 35th going to 25 mph?  Wow that will really help.  (Eye roll) 

    • Peter January 29, 2020 (12:48 am)

      If the city really cared about safety it should be a max 20 mph citywide. 

  • Bubbasaurus January 29, 2020 (12:41 am)

    So, we can spend the money putting in a light where there are traffic issues a couple of weekends a year, but SDOT can’t get their act together to put a light in at Holden and Highland Park Way? And for those of you that don’t feel safe walking  / riding down 35th, there’s 34th and 36th, and other streets. Cripple 35th and you’re going to put more traffic on the other streets that don’t need to have it.

  • momosmom January 29, 2020 (11:14 am)

    @KM I think what BUBBASAURUS is saying is if you feel unsafe walking on 35th walk on 34th and or 36th then walk the side street to 35th where your bus stop is located.

    • KM January 29, 2020 (12:52 pm)

      And I’m saying (apparently not clearly enough) is that not only are the bus stops and businesses that many of us visit on 35th Ave SW, but also that 35th Ave SW corridor is not exclusively for drivers, and drivers need to obey traffic laws to keep all users (including themselves) safe. Once drivers park and exit their car, they become pedestrians as well. Cyclists and peds are not second class citizens who should zigzag through the neighborhood so drivers can continue to drive in an unsafe manner. Cyclists and pedestrians are entitled to, by law, the same direct (and generally more flat) routes as drivers. Asking some citizens to move out of the way so “more important” citizens can take up shared public space is tone deaf at best. My heart aches for those who have lost their lives from traffic violence on 35th Ave SW. We should do what we can to ensure there are no more traffic deaths on our streets.

  • zark00 January 29, 2020 (12:14 pm)

    Isn’t it about crossing 35th not walking along 35th?   I assumed this was adding a crossing for people visiting the local amenity, Camp Long.  How’d you manage to find something wrong with the city improving access to a unique and cool West Seattle resource. This isn’t a zero sum game. Adding a crossing for Camp Long doesn’t like use up all the traffic lights so there aren’t any left for Highland Park Way.

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