For a long time, the Jackson Place neighborhood has been a tempting target for drivers looking for a shortcut to and from I-90 or Rainier Ave. Their most recent attempt to change that is now under construction on 18th between King and Lane streets. The neighborhood won a grant from the city’s Large Neighborhood Street Fund to narrow the street by a total of 6 feet, creating wider planting strips on each side and less room for drivers to speed through.
Here’s a diagram of what things will look like once it’s finished in the next several weeks:
And here’s how things looked when I walked over earlier today:
Want a similar project for your part of the ‘hood? I wish I could say it was easy, but this FAQ seems to say otherwise. Basically, you’ve got to go through the Central District Council, which handles the final prioritization of large projects. Their next meeting will be March 12th at the Garfield Community Center, and I’m sure the folks in charge there could get you up to speed on exactly how things work.