Dealing with detour traffic: Join HPAC in conversation with SDOT on Wednesday

That’s a framegrab from the new SDOT traffic camera at Highland Park Way and Holden, which was increasingly busy before the West Seattle Bridge closure, and has since become even busier as the epicenter of detour-route traffic, Future improvements are part of what HPAC will talk about with SDOT tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 28th), 7 pm online. Here’s your invitatian:

Join us Wednesday, as SDOT planners check in with Highland Park, Riverview & South Delridge residents, to report back to the larger community on what was heard on the Home Zone walks of October 20-21, and collect additional feedback from community to develop a proposed Home Zone plan.

A Home Zone plan involves the entire neighborhood working together to prioritize improvements that calm traffic and improve pedestrian mobility and neighborhood livability during the impacts of the WSBridge detour routes. We will also hear a brief update on the progress of Highland/Holden intersection planning work. Meet your neighbors and help build a safer, more user-friendly community. Log in virtually here:

Meeting ID: 894 0739 2875
Call into the meeting: 253 215 8782

8 Replies to "Dealing with detour traffic: Join HPAC in conversation with SDOT on Wednesday"

  • Al October 27, 2020 (4:13 pm)

    As ever, “improvements” to traffic in Seattle is code for making traffic worse. This arterial is a critical last resort for commuters who can’t take the bridge. Unfortunately, it’s too small to handle the volume of cars necessary —so let’s try to think of some ways to slow them down even further!

  • KayK October 28, 2020 (8:20 am)

    FYI- This project is tightly focused on ways to keep the neighborhood safe and walkable for residents. Not on the arterial flows. If you are shortcutting through residential streets folks need you to slow down.

  • WS Traffic Watch October 28, 2020 (8:40 am)

    Another critical arterial is SW Roxbury St, where infuriating and dangerous backups at 8th Ave SW now cause darting traffic and road rage.  Desperately need a new NO LEFT TURN signal at the intersection of SW Roxbury St at 8th Ave SW for both directions of  traffic along SW Roxbury St for cars attempting to turn left onto 8th Ave SW. 

    • Rico October 28, 2020 (9:50 am)

      Echo what WS traffic suggests – please SDOT, get rid of the left turns on Roxbury during rush hour!     

  • KayK October 28, 2020 (10:11 am)

    Again an FYI – SDOT knows this is a problem intersection – they are planning on addressing with community input in 2021. So keep your eyes peeled for that discussion. Agree that left turns there are an issue, not just off of Roxbury but also for folks trying to get out of the neighborhood from 8th.

    • sb2780 October 28, 2020 (11:21 am)

      Why does it take SDOT nearly a year to address a known problem intersection? This intersection was problematic before the WSB shutdown, and the shutdown has increased the issues at this intersection exponentially.  The bridge shutdown in March, and they’re not even seeking community input until 2021. Absolutely abysmal traffic management in this city. 

  • WS Traffic Watch October 28, 2020 (1:07 pm)

    Thanks to KAYK for the heads up on the anticipated community input request for 2021 regarding the congestion and traffic jam at the intersection of SW Roxbury St and 8th Ave SW.  But please, isn’t the delay for input and solution just plain ridiculous?  This is a dangerous and infuriating situation right now!  SDOT:  just go ahead now and install the NO LEFT TURN signal from SW Roxbury St onto 8th Ave SW. 

  • alki_2008 October 29, 2020 (12:52 am)

    The detour routes are dangerous for people driving in cars. And yet people still say that motorcycles and scooters (like vespas, not limes) should take the detour routes instead of being allowed on the low bridge.  Bicycle infrastructure is created to keep bicyclists safe, since they almost always lose in a bike vs car encounter – yet nobody cares about increasing safety for people riding motorcycles/scooters, who also lose in most motorcycle/scooter encounters.  Thanks a lot.

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