The curvy section of the Boulevard near Mt Pleasant Cemetery has seen its fair share of accidents, and the 5th Avenue West/4th Avenue West Block Watch is petitioning SDOT to make traffic-calming improvements for this key Queen Anne arterial.
The spot of concern runs along 5th Ave W & W Raye St, at the intersections of W Smith St & 5th Ave W & W. Raye & 7th Ave W. (yes, it’s a confusing mix of streets – but the point is that traffic travels too fast along this stretch of the Boulevard).
According to the Block Watch, there have been a number of accidents caused by excessive speed, including the death of a motorcyclist in 2004 and several cars totaled when drivers missed the curve in the road and hit other cars or Boulevard trees.
And, in the last 3 months:
- a driver hit a tree on 5th Ave W and Raye St
- an early morning hit and run driver ran into a car on 5th Ave W
- a driver speeding eastbound crashed into the yard of a home on 5th Ave W and W Raye St damaging two properties
This street is not only part of the Crown of Queen Anne/Boulevard – popular with walkers, runners, and cyclists – but it’s also just a few blocks away from Coe Elementary.
The Block Watch has connected with Queen Anne Greenways, but they still need your help. Sign their petition online, and show your support for safe Queen Anne streets by joining the Queen Anne Greenways community group.