Traffic information signs coming to Ballard

As part of Seattle Department of Transportation’s “Intelligent Transportation System,” SDOT crews will spend next week installing traffic information signs in Ballard and Crown Hill. Starting on Monday, crews will install a sign at Holman Road NW and 14th Ave NW followed by the intersection of 15th Ave NW and NW 61st St.

Traffic lanes will be reduced at these locations for the construction, so you should expect delays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The “Intelligent Transportation System” is being put in place to help manage traffic and keep travelers informed.

As part of the system, the traffic signals at the intersection of 15th & Leary are being upgraded and more traffic-monitoring cameras are planned for Ballard.


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Edog
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Edog

In classic Ballard fasion, the signs are expected to bitch and moan about all things transportation related, and occasionally post angry messages about the missing link.

nonplussed
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nonplussed

This is a ridiculous waste of taxpayer resources in an economy where dwindling revenues are threatening the shutdown of basic services.

NWCitizen
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NWCitizen

What about filling some of the potholes that are proliferating around Ballard?

Edog
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Edog

I just called SDOT, they are going to put your comments in the cue of random messages these signs will communicate.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

“Intelligent Transportation System”

Boy, I just wish that were true…
Just another traffic widget that will make zero difference to any of us. It's much more likely to be turned off when they determine it's a distraction to safe driving.

mimico
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mimico

nwcitizen, making the request in a blog is one approach. Or you could call the pothole hotline at 206-684-7623. When I called last Saturday evening, a human actually answered the call and the next time I drove by, the hole was fixed.

NWCitizen
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NWCitizen

Thanks mimico. I have indeed called the hotline and also identified particular potholes to SDOT via their website. The response from the City was good in each case. No complaints there.

I guess the question in my mind is why isn't basic road maintenance a “given” and pothole filling a routine part of what SDOT does? Requiring citizens to report on every single pothole that needs filling seems like it should not be necessary.

I imagine a job for a “pothole tracker” who goes around noting the worst potholes on city streets and creating a “ToDo” list for the pothole rangers to peck away at as they have the time.

BTown
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BTown

let me guess.. it's going to say “There's traffic in Ballard”.

SPG
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SPG

This way there is nobody to blame for the existing potholes. Anytime someone does complain they are told to report it.
My guess is that they only have to fill half as many potholes with the current system.