Much like God himself, over the next 6 days you’ll get to remake Wallingford through your will alone. For the first 5 days I’ll list out the 5 Wallingford Park and Street Fund projects that have been proposed, and in the comments you can do Q&A with people that proposed the projects. On the sixth day you’ll get to vote for your preferred projects.
Your comments and voting are important, as neighborhood organizations are looking to this blog to help them decide on project rankings. Unlike other funds that are allocated by politicians, the Park and Street Fund is decided by neighborhood groups like the Wallingford Community Council and Wallingford Chamber. SDOT or Parks will study the top 3 or so projects, and then the top 1 or 2 will get funded (depending on cost and feasibility).
SO, without further ado, here is project #1: Preventing Tangletown Cut Throughs Between Green Lake Way and I-5. In a gross conflict of interest, I was the one that submitted this proposal:
The Problem: Cut Through Traffic from Green Lake Way onto I-5
The Fix: Add a Barrier That Blocks the 5th Ave NE Cut Through
Is what inspired this proposal was being picked up in a cab and having the cab drive me through the neighborhood on this exact route, with the driver happily telling me about how this great cut through allowed him to skip all the lights and get straight onto I-5. To check if it wasn’t an aberration, I followed a couple of the fastest drivers cutting through in the morning, and this was the route they were following.
Caveats, and there are a few. This won’t fix Tangletown cut throughs that are motivated by cars wanting to go from North to South, or that are heading West on 50th and want to bypass the Green Lake Way intersection. It also won’t fix the Green Lake Way intersection itself, or the throughput impacts that happened when the road diet went in. Those issues must be dealt with as part of another project. Also, I have not reached out to people that live near where the barriers would be installed- I’m hoping they’d be happy as it would drastically cut down on traffic in front of their houses while still allowing them access. SDOT will be checking in with people when they do their studies, or of course comments here are welcome.
Well, that’s it for project proposal #1. Comments pro, con, or indifferent are all welcome. Thanks!