At the beginning of 2011, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods awarded the Capitol Hill Community Council $17,000 for our 12th Avenue East Transportation Safety Initiative through the Neighborhood Matching Fund program. Many of us know how dangerous crossing 12th Avenue can be and we hope this grant will pay for several much needed transportation safety improvements. A transportation planning consultant has been selected who will work with us to identify ways to make 12th Avenue safer from East Madison Street to East Prospect Street. Ultimately, we hope the grant money will pay for the implementation of several of our recommendations.
We need as many of our Capitol Hill neighbors as possible to join us in this important work. If you would like to recommend ways to make 12th Avenue safer, or if you would like to identify particularly dangerous locations, or if you would like to help us select a consultant, or all of the above, please make your voice heard!
March 2012 Update: The committeeâ€™s third public meeting was held March 14 and focused on the committeeâ€™s final draft report of their 12th Avenue intersection-by-intersection safety recommendations. The final report will be issued in about a month. A new crosswalk is to be installed at the intersection of 12th and Harrison, a direct result of the project. The committee and city are also considering installing a full curb bulb at the intersection. This is just the first of hopefully many remaining improvements! The committee will next discuss installation of a crosswalk at Howell and 12th.
October 2011 Update: SvR Design (http://www.svrdesign.com/) was recently engaged to provide project consulting. A public meeting will be held next Wednesday, October 26, at 6pm at the Capitol Hill library at 425 Harvard Avenue East/corner of Republican. At the meeting, the community will be encouraged to give feedback and talk about what safety improvements they would like to see on the 12th Avenue project corridor.
July 2011 Update: Our efforts to make 12th Avenue safer keep moving forward! We recently completed our request for proposals (see attached), and today our classified ad appeared in the Daily Journal of Commerce (also see attached). We have already received six letters of interest! Now that the word is out about our project, please reach out to anyone you think might be interested in being our transportation consultant. Proposals are due by 6pm on August 8. As we discussed at our last meeting, our next task will be to determine precisely how our consultant selection process will be conducted. It is important we get this figured out now, as we hope to have a consultant hired by the end of August. We will be meeting next Wednesday, July 27, at 6pm at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library (425 Harvard Avenue East). Please join us for this upcoming meeting, as your participation is key to the success of our project. And, as always, please continue spreading the word of our project to others you think would be interested.
June 2011 Update: 12th Avenue East Transportation Safety Initiative – Wednesday, June 22, 6pm at Capitol Hill Library Branch (425 Harvard Avenue East) – The Community Council recently received a $17,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for transportation safety improvements in the neighborhood! It’s time to put that money to good use. We will be meeting with Allynn Ruth from the Department of Neighborhoods and Jim Curtin from the Seattle Department of Transportation at this upcoming meeting.
May 2011 Update: The initial steering committee meeting for the 12th Avenue Transportation Safety project will be Wednesday, May 25, at 6pm in the upstairs meeting room at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library (425 Harvard Avenue East). Our first objective will be to develop a set of community priorities to inform our selection of a transportation planning consultant and our advocacy for particular safety improvements. 12th Avenue has been identified by our community and by the City as a street in need of safety improvements, and the purpose of our project will be to identify ways to make 12th Avenue safer for all modes of transportation and to work with the City to implement them. Community participation is key to the success of this project, and we invite all neighbors to attend and to play a positive, proactive role in making our neighborhood safer.