East Marginal Way – interim improvements 5

The West Seattle Blog reported this week on interim improvements for East Marginal Way S from S Spokane St to S Atlantic Street (at the Coast Guard’s Pier 46).

In addition to the improvements listed by SDOT, we have asked for
– removal of fire hydrants that are right in the middle of the path. These violate SDOT, SPU and ADA standards.
– widening of the path/sidewalk to make it safe and usable for high volume 2-way bike and low volume pedestrian traffic, with safe room for passing.
– improvements to sightlines at some of the terminal driveways where fencing, signs or other obstruction interfere with views.

It will be a tough sell to get the bike commuters currently using the northbound bike lane to switch to the sidewalk on the west side unless it is really improved to be a safe, smooth bike path with room to pass safely.

trees in "tree pits" and hydrant obstructions

trees in “tree pits” and hydrant obstructions

trees in "tree pits" and hydrant obstructions

trees in “tree pits” and hydrant obstructions

trees in "tree pits" and hydrant obstructions

trees in “tree pits” and hydrant obstructions

sign could be raised up to avoid obscuring sight triangle at drive.

sign could be raised up to avoid obscuring sight triangle at drive.