This Wednesday 1/2/13, the Wallingford Community Council will discuss and rank the projects from Wallingford that will be submitted for consideration for Bridging the Gap large project funds. Four projects, (three street improvements west of Stone and a signal that I am supporting) will be discussed around 7:15pm at the Wallingford Community Council meeting in the Good Shepherd Center (meetings are usually in room 202). If any of you can show up and speak up as supportive neighbors, that would be great.
If this were a perfect world, I’d recommend several signals along 40th (and 50th) between Stone and I-5. I’m not convinced Sunnyside and 40th is the perfect location for a single new signal — but any additional slowing and control would be great! There is no reason you as neighbors need to tolerate car speeds in excess of 35mph along 40th and 50th. Engineering solutions are needed to slow traffic to 30mph and to encourage cars to stop for people attempting to cross these densely populated residential streets.I’m hoping a traffic light on 40th is ranked highly and funded. I do believe Wallingford south of 40th is unnecessarily divided from central Wallingford because traffic on 40th moves much faster than it needs to and cars don’t stop for people who walk and bike. That speed, combined with a lack of traffic control, keeps people from walking to stores, using the bus, walking to school, walking dogs, and biking.Meg wrote a very nice letter of support. Thank you!As a resident of lower Wallingford (south of 40th) with at student at John Stanford Elementary
(42nd & Latona), I am well aware of the hazards posed by high-speed traffic along 40th. A signal at N 40th St. and Sunnyside Avenue North would create a safe route to this school, as well as Hamilton International Middle School and numerous preschools. It would also support many of the amendments to the South Wallingford Neighborhood Plan. My 2012 proposal to install a crosswalk from the Burke Gilman Trail at Latona & N. Pacific (another hazardous arterial) was prioritized for funding in 2013. This proposed traffic signal would complement this project, and help to create a calmer, safer neighborhood for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.I hope to see a few of you on Wednesday. Tell your neighbors too.