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Existing Improvements to 10th, & Maple Intersection


Proposed Improvements to 10th, & Maple Intersection



Here's the letter we wrote to the Traffic Engineer:

Historic Cannon's Addition Steering Committee
A Community Development Neighborhood
S.  918 Cedar
Spokane, WA 99204

September 17, 2002

Bob Turner
Spokane City
Traffic Engineer
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Dear Mr. Turner,

    The lower South Hill of Spokane has a public safety issue with the Maple/Walnut corridor, especially in the area of 9th 10th and 11th Avenues.

    For the past 90 days our Steering Committee has had a sub-comittee compiling information and recommendations for this letter, and it was
unanimously approved at our meeting held on September 3, 2002.

    Because of excessive speeding, a blind corner, and increased traffic that is expected to become even worse due to the imminent closure of the Monroe Street bridge (as motorists seek new routes up the South Hill), we believe great peril confronts pedestrians, school children, and vehicles attempting to cross any of the above-mentioned streets, and in fact, take their lives in their hands when they do.

    The intersection at 10th and Maple is particularly dangerous. Your own and the Police Department's records will show it to be one of the worst collision intersections in the city.

    This letter not only calls attention to a neglected, high traffic arterial, but offers several low-cost suggestions from area residents that we
would like to believe will get your immediate attention and cause your immediate action.

    Enclosed are pictures of the cross walks in question.

Eastbound from 10th and Walnut

Eastbound from 10th and Maple

Southbound from 10th and Maple

Southbound Walnut from alley between 9th and 10th


    *   The cross walks need repainting;
    *    High visibility florescent cross walk signs should be installed;
    *    The light post with the No Parking sign that is visible from 8th Avenue would be a good position for a flourescent traffic sign. (See the
fourth picture)
    *   A flashing caution light at 10th and Maple.
    *   The private fence should be removed from the corner of Maple and 10th so as to provide visual access to oncoming southbound traffic. (We realize that private fences are beyond your jurisdiction, so we ourselves plan to contact the property owner about this specific item).
    *  Crosswalks could be painted on 6th, 7th, 8th on Maple and Walnut Streets; and 12th, 13th, and 14th on Cedar Street as well.
    *  Speed Limit strictly enforced sign at 5th and Maple (Southbound) and 15th and Cedar (Northbound).

    Please respond to us as soon as possible about what action will betaken.  We are very concerned about this and are hopeful that work can be completed before the Monroe Street bridge is closed.


Steve Spickard, Chairman

Historic Cannon's Addition Community Development Steering Committee
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