With the increased traffic in the area from trucks involved with the construction of the Capitol Hill light rail station and tunnel, there is good reason to be concerned about pedestrian safety on area streets — especially in areas that already have a lot of foot traffic and questionable crossing safety. Cap Hill blog Life on the Hill has been asking around Seattle’s Department of Transportation for answers on what they city is going to do to help make for a better walking environment. Here is what they heard back from SDOT’s pedestrian and bicycle safety group:
Based on the data that has been collected so far I can tell you that we are focusing on Boylston Ave E [as a possible crosswalk site] where there is a preferred pedestrian crossing. However before we can provide a good decision on what sort of crossing improvement can be made a more detailed look at the intersection and adjacent roadways is required.
Here is a map of the construction zone. The blue lines are the main truck routes in and out of the area. The yellow pin marks the point where SDOT is considering developing a crossing on Olive Way.