Ty Swenson
A new sidewalk is slated for 35th Ave. S.W. between 100th and 104th in Arbor Heights thanks to school zone speeding camera revenue.

35th Ave. S.W. to get a new sidewalk from speed camera revenue

In early September, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced an estimated $14.8 million in speeding ticket revenue from school zones across the city will be used to improve student and pedestrian safety.

Now we know at least one of those improvements will happen in West Seattle: a new sidewalk on 35th Ave. S.W. between S.W. 100th St. and S.W. 104th St in Arbor Heights, an area that see's heavy pedestrian traffic with Arbor Heights Elementary nearby.

The improvement was announced as part of Seattle's Neighborhood Street Fund Project awards on Sept. 16. While West Seattle actually got snubbed on $5.5 million in funding for 38 projects, the city announced four additional projects would be funded by speeding ticket revenue.

The project is expected to be complete in 2015.

Seattle's Department of Transportation makes the final decisions on what projects get funded, and while West Seattle came out thin in this round of funding, a list of future projects they are seriously considering include improvements to the intersection of S.W. Holden St. and Highland Park Way S.W. (Delridge), 23rd Ave. S.W. pedestrian improvement and drainage mitigation project, additional Arbor Heights school walking route improvements, and a “Safe Crossings for Admiral” signal project.

For more details on projects funded, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/btg_nsf_large.htm

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