by JOHN STEWART
On June 29th, at Garfield Community Center, SDOT presented their revised plan for 23rd Avenue, from John to Rainier. The project scope originally ended at Jackson but will now run to Rainier, taking into account the coming Link station at I-90.
Responding to community comments from the previous presentation in March, SDOT’s revised plan features transit- and pedestrian-friendly features:
- A 3-lane alignment for the majority of the corridor, from Madison south to Rainier. Wider sidewalks, a completely reconstructed street (similar to what was done in the U District to the Ave, i.e. down to the dirt). 4-lane intersection profile at 23rd & Madison and potentially at 23rd & Jackson as well. The 4-lane profile is necessary due to traffic and turning volumes at Madison (and potentially at Jackson). This, combined with very narrow widths on portions of 23rd, preclude a cycletrack on the corridor.
- $2 million for pole installation for future full corridor electrification of the #48 from the U District to Mt. Baker Station. SDOT is designing the electrification project. Metro and SDOT have been collaborating on funding for construction. Long-time followers of 23rd know that the two missing segments on 23rd are between John and Jefferson, and Dearborn and Hill.
- SDOT and Metro will implement traffic signal priority for the #48. Stops will continue to be in-lane.
Read more about the project, including where to send comments, on SDOT’s project page for 23rd.
John Stewart is a transit advocate and Central District resident.