After a couple from the neighborhood were struck by a car recently at Stone Way and 41st (Young Couple Injured in Stone Way Pedestrian Collision), the Wallingford Community Council contacted SDOT regarding the safety of the intersection. Lee Raaen, president of the council, forwarded this reply they received:
Thank you for your note about pedestrian safety on Stone Way N at N 41st Street. It is very helpful to receive observations like yours from community members who see how our streets are working every day.
We have reviewed the intersection and will be making the following improvements:
- “No parking” signs will be installed on the approaches to the crosswalk to improve visibility.
- Stop bars will be placed in advance of the intersection’s marked crosswalk for northbound and southbound traffic.
- At the stop bars, “stop here for pedestrians” signs will be installed.
- Worn portions of the marked crosswalk will be remarked.
The work is scheduled to be completed, weather allowing, by the end of February.
We have also received a request from neighbors for a pedestrian-activated traffic signal at this intersection. Our review of this request will be completed by April, at which time we will share our findings with you.
You may be interested to know how traffic engineers evaluate the need for a traffic signal. They study a given location for volumes of traffic (both vehicular and pedestrian), the physical features of that particular location, reported collision history, what opportunities there are for pedestrians to cross in traffic, and delays to traffic. Using standards that have been developed by the Federal Highway Administration, traffic engineers then determine whether or not that location meets the established criteria that would permit consideration of a traffic signal.
If you have questions or need additional information regarding our signal review process, contact Valerie Lee in our Traffic Signals Group at (206) 684-5246 or [email protected].
If you have additional thoughts or need other information in general regarding this intersection or other locations, please feel welcome to contact me directly at (206) 684-5727 or [email protected].
Traffic Operations Engineer
Seattle Department of Transportation