The vocal group of senior citizens from The Vintage of Sequim demanding improvements at the intersection of Brackett Road and Priest Road is getting some results from the City of Sequim.
Paul Haines, public works director, said at the Monday, May 23, Sequim City Council meeting that staff installed an American with Disabilities Act compliant ramp at the west end sidewalk along Brackett and pedestrian signs along Priest Road.
The group petitioned for a four-way stop at the intersection: They feel people put their lives in danger every time they cross to Walmart because no infrastructure is in place to warn drivers of pedestrians.
They said the traffic light and crosswalk at the intersection of Washington Street and Priest Road is not close enough to their apartments.
Haines said staff determined a four-way stop at Brackett and Priest would not be in compliance with road standards they must upkeep.
“It does not meet the tests for a four-way stop and we won’t be suggesting this as a solution,” Haines said.
An asphalt interim pathway along Brackett could be another option.
Haines said the project would cost about $70,000 to grade the bed and place materials and he has spoken to Walmart about participating, in light of its expansion.
“They’ve been very positive about ramping up their public relations effort in this area,” Haines said. “They are anxious to help (and) interested in probably giving money rather than building something at this point.”
Lee Ruiz, store manager of Sequim Walmart, had crews pick up trash and trim bushes along Brackett Road from Priest Road to The Vintage so walkers could go off the street. The store also donated 25 reflective vests to The Vintage and encouraged vendors not to use Brackett.
Haines said staff is using a camera to count cars and people to assess more possibilities.
Other possible road improvements include installing flashing signs, building a pathway connecting the Olympic Discovery Trail south to sidewalks at city limits next to Jennie’s Meadows, painting striping patterns on Priest and lighting the intersection.
“We’ll continue to find some kind of traffic management solution,” Haines said.
Betty Handly, The Vintage property manager, said it would be residents’ dream to have a paved pathway to Walmart.
“They’d be very satisfied if they got that pathway,” Handly said. “Then they wouldn’t be in the street at all.”
The Vintage is affordable senior citizen housing with 118 units.
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