Everett, Washington Revamps Downtown Streets to Accommodate Growth
Downtown Everett, Washington, is quickly growing. Over the past decade, the city has added approximately 1,000 housing units and expects more than 15,000 people to move into the area within the next 20 years.
The city has prioritized a number of important infrastructure projects to support and encourage growth while making the area a more walkable community, especially within the historic downtown core.
Two of the streets prioritized for improvements under the City’s Downtown Everett Streetscape Plan are Rucker and Hoyt Avenues. Both streets are major thoroughfares and have a mix of residential and commercial buildings and, until recently, have little in the way of pedestrian infrastructure outside of signalized intersections.
Help Pedestrian Cross Busy Streets Safety
Similar to many city’s with busy thoroughfares, downtown Everett has encountered a number of pedestrian and vehicle-related accidents. Over the past several years, multiple incidents have led police to begin a crackdown on non-yielding drivers. Rucker Avenue in particular, was highlighted by police as a trouble spot.
What Everett needed was a way to provide pedestrians in the downtown area with safe and direct routes between homes, workplaces and amenities, while also increasing awareness and reducing speeds among drivers. As it turned out, Carmanah’s rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFBs) was able to fit the city’s needs.