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Edmonds Selected for $1.43 Million in Grants for Safe Routes to School

New crossing going in on SR104 near City Park.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has granted the City of Edmonds more than $1.43 million in funding as part of the federal Safe Routes to School program.

These grant programs are designed to help local communities address pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety near their schools. Three projects are slated to be funded by the proceeds of these federal grants.

  • Sidewalk improvements near Scriber Lake High School on 238th Street SW from 100th Avenue W. to 104th Avenue W. to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Sidewalk improvements near Sherwood Elementary School on 15th Street SW from Edmonds Way to Eighth Avenue S. to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • A mid-block crossing on State Route 104 to enhance safety and visibility for pedestrians and bicyclists. This project, north of Pine Street toward Dayton Street at the point where a path exists through City Park, will be managed by WSDOT.

“We look forward to formally receiving these grants in the  coming year,” says Mayor Dave Earling. “The walkability and bicycle-friendly nature of our neighborhoods is a big part of what makes Edmonds a special place to call home. It’s wonderful that our staff continues to be successful in securing outside grant funds for local infrastructure.”

Tere Ryder December 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I crossed that street from QFC to Bartells last week on foot for the first time and was shocked to see how dangerous it was. Besides improving the street, the city needs to start making sure that those people (in HUGE trucks and huge SUVs) are ticketed by the city police for speeding......there were many going at least 50 miles per hour and some at up to 60-70.......It was a very sobering experience and very, very scary...........I was shocked that it was like that there at that important crossing intersection where children and the elderly cross. I thought there was a good posibility I could be killed and was wishing I hadn't walked.....if the city can't get those vehicles to slow down, there should not be a surface crossing there.....particularily for children....maybe overpass......oh yeah, and that crossing sign gives one approximately 8 seconds to cross those 5 lanes......fast!
Brian Soergel December 27, 2012 at 08:24 PM
You have to be on lookout, as well, for those speeding up to make the light and for those in a hurry to catch the ferry. Be aware!
L March 02, 2013 at 01:06 AM
I've lived in Edmonds a total of about 27 months, and have been hit by a car 3 times and almost hit almost every time I go out walking in the 10 mile radius around my house. People just don't honor pedestrian crosswalks, and way to inattentive when trying to make a free and typically floating (no stop, no look) right turn at a no-traffic-light intersection. Very irritating! Saw a car moving into the cross walk and almost hit a baby stroller downtown yesterday.
Tere Ryder March 02, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Someone locally from (I believe) the Dept of Transportation said a couple weeks ago that the crossings with lights were in "compliance with state law.".......We have been checking the time one has to cross at lights, and all of the ones we have checked leave only a very low number of seconds to cross.........Even the very busy street on Dayton by the ferry lanes......think that is 104 coming down the hill, has very few seconds to get across......We have never once made it past 3/4 way before the light changes. .......scarry......We are big time walkers every day and do not walk slow, so I see how elderly are getting hit. I have not checked the law on this, but I doubt these are in compliance...... If those bike lanes that were put in the MIDDLE of the street on Main street are any example of how the city will outfit the roads with bike lanes......I suspect many drivers will get even more mad and aim for bicylists AND walkers ......Bicycle lanes used to be put where they could be accomodated, not in the middle of the street. Seattle, an excellent example of what happens when the lanes are right in front of the vehicle lane and not to the side.

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