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SW Roxbury road safety meetings set for Feb. 13 and 26

The Seattle Department of Transportation and King County were asked six months ago to address road safety issues along Roxbury Street S.W. by the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, Highland Park Action Committee and the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council.

Now two public meetings are scheduled to listen to community concerns, share traffic data, and develop strategies to lower vehicle speeds and reduce collisions. These meetings are open to the general public and all are welcome.

Thursday, February 13, 6:30 to 8 PM, Jim Wiley Community Center, 9800 8th Avenue SW

Wednesday, February 26, 6 PM to 7:30 PM, Roxhill Elementary School, 9430 30th Avenue SW

The SDOT web page on the project states:

SDOT will work with the community to consider changes to these streets in an effort to bring down speeds and make the roadway safer for students, neighbors and all roadway users. Together we will determine the specific nature and design elements of these changes through the process described below. New safety measures to be considered through this project may include, but not be limited to, the following: signage improvements, arterial traffic calming, channelization changes, traffic signal modifications, pavement repair, and pedestrian and bicycle safety enhancements.

Since collision data tells us that the majority of collisions are caused by behavioral issues such as speeding, distraction, and impairment (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), we will pair roadway modifications with new enforcement strategies and area-specific educational outreach.

Early Implementation

The Seattle Department of Transportation will be moving forward with some improvements in the second quarter of 2014.

Early work will include:

Pavement repair on SW Roxbury Street between 25th Avenue SW and 27th Avenue SW
Photo enforcement installation at Roxhill Elementary (at 30th Avenue SW) and Holy Family School (at 20th Avenue SW)
Signage improvements near the transition from SW Roxbury Street to Olson Place SW
New sidewalks and pedestrian facilities on 30th Avenue SW south of Roxbury (currently under construction)

Conceptual Designs – March-July 2014

SDOT will synthesize community input and define roadway improvement alternatives based on community input and traffic data

Design Alternatives Review Meetings – July 2014

SDOT will share conceptual improvement options and seek feedback from the community

Implementation – August 2014 and beyond

  • Short-term improvements, such as changes to signs and pavement markings, will begin
  • Design for civil improvements will begin with construction/installation in 2015
  • SDOT will develop a funding strategy for longer term improvements
  • Ongoing – Evaluation
  • Seek and respond to community feedback
  • Collect and evaluate speed, volume and collision data at one-year intervals
  • Make adjustments if needed

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If you have questions or would like to share your perspective on SW Roxbury Street, please contact Jim Curtin at 206-684-8874 or via e-mail at

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