For years, the intersection on Admiral and 59th had a pedestrian activated light for crossing Admiral. Although not ideal, the light generally stopped traffic. This did not offer a solution for crossing 59th.
As we all began our morning commute to school for the start of the year, we were greeted with an all-way stop for this imperfect intersection that is far from a traditional 4-way stop. Over the last few weeks, parents have been sharing their experiences: the good, the bad, and the scary. Many have been reaching out to key stakeholders for redress of their concerns. The response? The city is engaging in data collection, evaluation and analysis, with the data to be analyzed over a 6-month period — taking us right through our dark and rainy Seattle days.
A group of parents has formed a committee so that the City hears the force of our collective voices and experiences, and what a safe intersection means to us and our children’s safety. And we need them to hear that the final solution cannot wait until our darkest season is over.
Please share stories, experiences, anecdotes, problem-solving suggestions, and anything else on your mind about the changes to the intersection. The PTA has added an agenda item for discussion at Wednesday’s PTA meeting. Come join this lively and timely discussion. If you cannot make it in person, send your feedback to Alki Elementary Parent Merkys Gomez, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!