FOLLOWUP: Highland Park’s new signal at 12th/Holden complete

(SDOT photo)

We just heard from SDOT this afternoon that the new signal at 12th/Holden is complete and should be in operation by now:

We have installed two pedestrian crossing signals (slated to be activated today), curb ramps, and a crosswalk, and painted the roadway. This project provides another controlled crossing at SW Holden St for people walking or biking along 12th Ave SW. There will be “new signal ahead” signs to alert drivers of the new signal. This signal at 12th Ave SW is also intended to be part of the Highland Park/Riverview Neighborhood Greenway. Signage on this is to come at a future phase of work.

The flashing lights at 11th Ave SW and SW Holden St will remain.

The 11th/Holden beacon was originally planned for removal until community pushback.

8 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Highland Park's new signal at 12th/Holden complete"

  • Cautious Driver Lady April 14, 2023 (7:08 pm)

    I would like to remind pedestrians that this is not an “I demand that you stop your car this instant!” button.  It’s simply a safety measure designed to raise visibility and awareness.  The amount of glares I get from crossers who press the button after I’ve passed into a non-safe stopping distance and expect me to just slam on the brakes without a care for who is coming up fast behind me is frankly pretty surprising.

    • hj April 14, 2023 (8:28 pm)

      I would like to in turn remind drivers that in Washington State, you are expected to allow pedestrians to cross at crosswalks regardless of if there’s a signal or not. Presumably a person pressing the button was already there before pressing the button, and a true cautious driver would always be on the lookout for potential issues and maintain an appropriate speed.

      • CarDriver April 14, 2023 (8:58 pm)

         HJ. As a driver and pedestrian, a gentle reminder to ALL road users-pedestrians/drivers/bike riders. we ALL have laws and rules we are legally required to follow. A wonderful thing to do would be for all to refresh their memories of what the laws on the books actually say. Google is a great place to find all the city/county/state laws on the books. And there are a lot of laws that regularly get ignored by all road users. Nobody has a halo here.

    • Kyle April 14, 2023 (8:47 pm)

      Doesn’t it turn yellow before red just like a normal light? With that same amount of yellow time? Running a red is running a red.

    • Do NOT Win A Darwin Award April 14, 2023 (9:05 pm)

      I live two blocks from this cross walk. I’m sooooo happy to see it completed. Be smart people. Push the button, pause, make eye contact with the driver (look both ways like mama hopefully taught you) before you cross the road.

    • More Cautious Lady Driver April 14, 2023 (9:10 pm)

      Have you tried slowing down?

    • KinesthesiaAmnesia April 15, 2023 (8:48 am)

      Is the speed limit here 25 or 30 MPH? Are there not sidewalks on both sides and cross streets every block? Shouldn’t have to be slamming the brakes in this environment if driving cautiously.

      • westseattlebob April 15, 2023 (1:18 pm)

        Well if you are used to the bridge being out and our neighborhood being used as an arterial, speed has no need here. JK. You are correct on the 25 but not many do that. So happy we now have two crossings of Holden and joining our neighborhood to the north. Will be a great addition once the new HP club gets built.

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