Einstein Safe Route to Schools Open House Thursday

Monday, May 26, 2014

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
There will be an open house on Thursday, May 29, from 5:30-7pm at Shoreline City Hall, Room 302, 17500 Midvale Avenue N, for the Einstein sidewalk project.

In 2012, the City was awarded $435,000 in Safe Routes to School grant funds to design and build sidewalks in the area serving Einstein Middle School. This area is part of the Priority Sidewalk Program aimed at improving the safety of students and all pedestrians.

Come to the open house to learn more about the project design, ask questions, and voice concerns.

This project is composed of several components to improve pedestrian access serving Albert Einstein Jr Middle School:
  1. Construct sidewalks on the south side of NW 195th Street from 3rd Avenue NW to 8th Avenue NW.
  2. New sidewalk on the one side of 5th Avenue NW between NW 195th Street and NW 196th Place. This segment of new sidewalk will connect to the existing sidewalk north of NW 196th Place.
  3. Installation of 4 School Zone Flashing Signs on all 4 legs of the NW 195th Street to 3rd Avenue NW intersection approaching the school from all 4 directions.
  4. Education/Encouragement: School staff will work with school and parent representatives to design and implement a safety awareness campaign that will include daily bulletin announcements, posters on campus and safety incentives.
  5. Enforcement: The Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Shoreline Police will target enforcement of speed and other traffic laws near Einstein Middle School after construction is completed.
Approximately two dozen mature trees along the route have been tagged for removal.

This project was identified in the Neighborhood Transportation Action Plan (approved 2009). This particular route was developed cooperatively with City, Police and School District staff.

Construction is expected to begin late summer of 2014. Additional information on the project page.

For questions about this project, contact John Vicente, Capital Projects Manager, 206-801-2474.


Anonymous,  May 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM  

I would hope that a dangerous stretch of roadway used by Shorewood HS students (& neighbors, including wheelchairs & young families with strollers) is included in the Priority Sidewalk Project--Linden Ave N. between Fred Meyer & Shorewood HS. I live in the neighborhood & have occasionally walked that section. The inadequate pathways, ruts, parked cars, etc force pedestrians to either walk in the roadway or cross the street in order to avoid hazards. I'm amazed this hasn't been given equal consideration compared to the projects going on in the Richmond Beach area.

Bevin Horn May 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM  

The dangerous area for students continue he's on N 195th between NW 3rd through to the sidewalk that starts at Christ's. Cars are much less careful with speed and being aware of walkers in that other stretch. I agree that this area and the one listed above would benefit the school population.

SeattleO May 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM  

Not to mention Fremont, which has absolutely unacceptable pedestrian infastructure. Having shoulders only on a 30 MPH route to the freeway is ridiculous, even without it being a major route to the school.

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