The City Council authorized funding for immediate traffic safety improvements and improved transit mobility today through supplemental budget legislation. Street maintenance, bus corridor improvements and new crosswalks are included in the Council’s adopted transportation package.
We added and reallocated $3 million from the Mayor's proposal to fund important safety improvements and backlogged maintenance. As I’ve said consistently, we must use our limited transportation dollars to fix what we have, finish what we've started and plan wisely for the future for all transportation modes.
The spending package funds a full traffic signal at the intersection of 47th Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way (the site of a fatal pedestrian accident in 2006) and makes substantial streetscape and pedestrian crossing improvements in the Fauntleroy Triangle area, which is in the process of transforming from an area known for car dealerships into a mixed-use, transit oriented neighborhood.
The supplemental transportation package also funds freight mobility spot improvements, traffic signals, and other pedestrian safety and maintenance projects. Specific projects to be funded include safety improvements at East Marginal Way (the site of a recent fatal bicycle accident) and NE 75th Street (the site of a recent pedestrian accident with multiple fatalities).