FOLLOWUP: California/Findlay signal installation

Thanks to Kimm for the photos. It’s not yet activated, but framework for the California/Findlay “half-signal” has been installed.

It’s been almost four months since SDOT told neighbors they would install the pedestrian-activated “half-signal” at the intersection. Neighbors had been pushing for more safety measures at the intersection even before the May hit-run crash that killed 30-year-old Nicholas Wolf just north of the intersection. In addition to installing the stoplight, SDOT said in June that it would be “implementing a painted curb bulb in the southeast and northwest quadrants to improve sightlines for pedestrians crossing at the intersection, and installing a median island on the south leg of California Ave SW, in close proximity to the intersection to reduce the open feel of California Avenue SW, prevent the use of the center turn lane as a through lane, and potentially reduce vehicle speeds.” The report on the deadly May crash said the 16-year-old driver who hit and killed Wolf told police he was going “50 to 55 mph” at the time. We’ll be following up with SDOT tomorrow to check on the timeline for finishing the intersection work and activating the signal.

3 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: California/Findlay signal installation"

  • KM October 16, 2022 (7:27 pm)

    Do we have an update on possible charges against the driver who killed Nicholas Wolf?

    • WSB October 16, 2022 (8:10 pm)

      I checked the Municipal Court system before publishing, and there’s nothing there cross-referencing to the incident number. Unfortunately the Superior Court system does not have a feature for that kind of cross-referencing, so I have to ask the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

  • NW Mama October 16, 2022 (7:53 pm)

    Great!  Also of note is that they’ve added all way stops all around Madison- finally (as of last week)!   Specially new is 45th& Hinds, 47th and Hinds and 47th and Spokane.   MUCH safer experience for walking students 

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