A group of concerned Queen Anne residents has formed a community action committee to promote crosswalk improvements at Seventh Avenue West and West McGraw Street, just south and east of Coe Elementary School, in Queen Anne.

According to a news release, the intersection currently has a painted crosswalk on the east side of Seventh Avenue West but no other crossing aids that alert drivers to children or anyone who may be attempting to cross there. The group’s goal is to secure improvements that will make this crossing safer for everyone. Organizers have been working with Seattle Department of Transportation staff on solutions. The project would include the installation of a concrete floating curb-bulb on the northeast corner of the intersection, replacing the painted one that exists there now.

To fund this project, campaign organizers are submitting a proposal for a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. To receive the grant, the campaign needs a significant level of community participation and matching funds equal to half the cost of the project — approximately $57,500.  This includes a 15 percent maintenance fee as required by the grant program.  To secure funding, the group needs to secure pledges for $28,750 through a combination of money donations and volunteer hours by Aug. 1.

People can help by donating time to help get the word out about the project and/or by pledging financial support. The group will earn credit for every volunteer hour reported, so time spent helping the campaign will count toward the funds needed.

Go to https://www.coekidscrossing.org for more information, or email leadership committee members at coekidscrossing@gmail.com.