School Proximity and Speeding Tickets: Still Can't Win Safety Improvements

A loss for traffic safety advocates in Seattle.

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December 7, 2019, 9:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Beacon Hill Intersection

The intersection of 15th Avenue S, S Columbian Way, and S Oregon Street in Seattle. | Google Streetview

"The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has shelved plans for a safety improvement adjacent to Asa Mercer Middle School in Beacon Hill, the location of the most automatic tickets for speeding in school zones anywhere in the city during the last full school year," reports Ryan Packer.

"The project had been fully funded, and was selected by both Beacon Hill’s District Neighborhood Council and the Move Seattle Levy Oversight committee as a part of the 2016 Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program," explains Packer. Still, consensus on the design of the project was never reached. Objections first arose in 2017.

The source article includes a lot more detail on what the safety improvements might have looked like.

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