Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share feedback with us about 35th Ave NE. We share your interest in roadway safety and while it takes some time for users to get used to a new roadway configuration, we continue to monitor how things are working. Here’s an update on our continuing evaluation.
Revised speed limit between NE 65th and NE 89th streets
As many already know, speed is a critical factor in the severity of collisions, contributing to 25 percent of the traffic fatalities citywide. We collected speed data on 35th Ave NE in early June. Based on this data, we plan to revise the speed limit to 25 mph in the retail business district from NE 65th to NE 89th streets by mid-July.
We are also committed to performing additional speed studies later this summer. We will use the resulting data to determine whether the posted speed limit should be revised further on the remainder of the corridor.
Pedestrian crossing counts
We recently collected pedestrian crossing counts at locations that were requested by the community (NE 50th, NE 77th, and NE 87th streets) to evaluate possible locations for additional marked crosswalks. The first counts were done before the end of the school year to include school walking trips. Unfortunately, none of these locations had high enough pedestrian numbers to warrant marked crosswalks. However, we did find that NE 50th St is seeing an increase in pedestrian traffic now that the new sidewalk is installed. We will repeat these counts later in the summer to see if there is a change.