The SWNA board of directors reviewed 26 eligible applications for the Neighborhood Street Safety Program. The board grouped ten of the proposals into 2 projects to recommend to the NLA for their consideration for funding.
The first, Safe Routes to School, would address the need for effective crosswalks to protect children along Mt. Washington at Polarstar, Clearwater, and Hosmer Lake Dr., as well as at York & Lolo.
The second, Missing Sidewalks, would fill gaps needed to keep children from having to walk in the street at three locations: the corner of Celilo & Shevlin Crest; in front of 2445 Marken; and on the west side of Mt. Washington from Shevlin Park Rd. to Shields.
The board gave priority to high-traffic-volume locations with high risk to more-vulnerable pedestrians (like school children). Projects on local streets with fewer pedestrians and vehicles, while considered important and worthy of attention, ranked lower. This included Flagline Dr., Skyline Ranch Rd., Crossing Dr., Lemhi Pass Dr., and Monterey Pines Dr.
The Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (a committee reporting to the City Council) will review the two projects submitted by each of the 13 neighborhood associations and recommend finalists for funding. The SWNA projects are not guaranteed to be funded.
All of the applications submitted this year will be retained for future consideration. Thanks to everyone who cared enough and took the time to submit an application. The City received a total of 362 proposals, indicating that there are local street safety issues throughout the city that concern residents.
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