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March 1, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Mayor McGinn reports on West Nickerson “road diet”

From Mike Lindblom, transportation reporter:

The “road diet” on Seattle’s West Nickerson Street, begun in August 2010, reduced speeding in its first year, Mayor Mike McGinn said Thursday.

The prevailing speed near Seattle Pacific University, which used to be 44 mph eastbound and 40 mph westbound, dropped to 33 mph both directions. There were 26 crashes in the corridor in the road diet’s first year, compared to an average 34 annually over the previous five years.

Seattle now has 36 “road diets,” places in which a four-lane street has been reduced to two lanes plus a left turn lane — and crosswalks have been improved.

Removing lanes on Nickerson is controversial, because the city has only a few freight-truck routes to Ballard. The city said it found no evidence of drivers detouring to avoid the lane restrictions.

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