The Seattle DOT has suggested a new project that will convert a major thoroughfare from four lanes to two lanes in West Seattle.
The goal of the project is to make roads safer lowering the speed limit and reducing the number of lanes. But Seattle drivers are concerned that the road diet will only cause more traffic problems.
There has already been one conversion on 35th Avenue SW, south of Holly Street, and there are one lane in each direction now and a center dual-purpose turn lane. The same scheme is planned for 35th north of Holly Street.
The citizens think that even though safety is important, but since the road diet has started, they have been concerned about the traffic situation in creates. As a result, two petitions have been created at Change.org proposing opposite points of view and encouraging people to either support the new project of the road diet or vote for removing the road diet and making things the way they have been before.
At this point most of the respondents think that the project will only create difficulties with traffic but DOT officials say that the changes have affected the safety in a good way and that is the most important thing.
The residents of Seattle would like to see pedestrian walkways and overpasses but as for now, SDOT aims for a cheaper solution.
The public outreach for the phase two of the road diet is scheduled to start in the next few days.