Voting is open to anyone 11 or older, but people must be at least 13 years old to vote online, according to the city, and there is a limit of one ballot per district. Find or fill out a ballot for District 7 here.

 

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has put up a list of district finalists for the Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks and Streets program. Residents have until Sept. 30 to vote for up to three projects they want to see realized.

The program allows Seattleites to nominate small-scale street and park projects to be completed. Those that qualify are then put up to a vote.

There is about $2 million in the 2019 YVYC budget, or roughly $190,500 per district.

Several Queen Anne and Magnolia projects appear on the District 7 ballot:

• One project would improve lighting at the intersection of Galer Street and Taylor Avenue North, including for the stairway to the west.

SDOT reviewed the proposal and crafted a project that includes new curb bulbs, streetlights and stairway pedestrian lighting. The project is estimated to cost $102,000, which includes planning and design.

The transportation department does not support a raised crossing or a rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) based on traffic volumes and speed data.

“An alternative to installation of an RRFB would be to install paint and post curb bulbs on the southeast corner and the west side of the intersection,” according to the YVYC review. “Painted curb bulbs can help to reduce the crossing distance pedestrians and improve pedestrian visibility, which may help encourage greater compliance of motorists stopping for pedestrians.”

Due to low light at the intersection, SDOT does support an additional streetlight on the west side of Taylor and Galer, and also supports pedestrian lighting along the stairway, which is at 0.03 foot-candles; SDOT has a criterion of 1 foot-candle.

• SDOT also supports a project that would fix broken pavement on Third Avenue West, between West Ewing and Nickerson streets, in North Queen Anne. The transportation department values the project at $130,000, and could accomplish the fixes by partnering with the Non-Arterial Streets Repair and Restoration program.

SDOT determined during a July 31 site visits that several roadway panels needed attention in the middle of the block; the north end by West Ewing Street and the Ship Canal Trail; and on the south half of the block near West Nickerson Street for southbound travel.

• SDOT is not supporting a blinking crosswalk at 34th Avenue West in Magnolia, near Catherine Blaine K-8, but does recommend installing a curb bulb on the east side of 34th. The project is estimated to cost $98,600.

The transportation department cites speed and traffic volume (5,844 vehicles per weekday) for not supporting a flashing crosswalk.

“This location could benefit from the addition of a curb bulb on the east side of the street, and a companion curb ramp to shorten the crossing distance and make it more accessible,” according to the YVYC review. “Additionally, since it is a school zone and the 85th percentile speed is more than 5 mph more than the 25 mph default speed limit, install speed cushions on the approaches to the crosswalk.”

Ineligible: A project proposed by a community member to add a crosswalk at the intersection of Sixth Avenue West and West Nickerson Street was determined by SDOT to have too few pedestrian crossing to support it.

The proponent of the project argued that Seattle Pacific University students and people using the bus stops there have to jaywalk to cross the street at this corner.