Program helps residents improve neighborhood livability and calm traffic by suggesting solutions and championing project proposals
VANCOUVER — Two neighborhood projects were awarded funding as part of the city of Vancouver’s 2019 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, which joins with partners to help residents manage and address traffic within Vancouver neighborhoods. The two projects are slated for construction during the summer of 2020.
Developed with the help of the citizen-led Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance, the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program helps residents improve neighborhood livability and calm traffic by suggesting solutions and championing project proposals. Projects awarded funding for 2019:
- Northeast Hearthwood Boulevard, between Northeast 7th Way and Southeast 1st Street
Location: Airport Green and Hearthwood neighborhoods
Project Enhancements: Two speed radar feedback signs
- Southeast McGillivray Boulevard and Southeast 136th Avenue Intersection
Location: Riveridge and Mountain View neighborhoods
Project Enhancement: Intersection crosswalk improvements, including new crosswalk pavement striping of ladder-style crossings on the north, east and west sides of the intersection. The project will also include placing in-lane signs stating: “state law yield to pedestrians within crosswalk.”
Funding for these projects comes from the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program which uses a combination of resources, including Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) and Vancouver Street Funding Strategy revenues. This is the seventh year for the City’s revitalized Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.
Neighborhood traffic safety projects for 2020
The City of Vancouver and Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance continue to invite neighborhoods and residents to get involved by proposing and shepherding projects through the program. Revenues from local vehicle license tab fees have helped support this program in the past. With the recent voter approval of Washington Initiative 976, funding for the 2020 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program will be reduced. The city will further refine overall project funding and look at options to best support this neighborhood program and continue its success into the future.
More program details can be found on the city’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/TrafficCalmingProgram. Look for updates on the 2020 program to be posted toward the first of the year.
Information provided by city of Vancouver.