Everett, Washington Revamps Downtown Streets to Accommodate Growth
Everett, Washington is growing. Over the past decade, the metropolitan center has added approximately 1,000 housing units and the city expects more than 15,000 to 20,000 people to move to the area within the next 20 years.
To support—and encourage—this rapid growth, the city is prioritizing a number of infrastructure projects aimed at developing a thriving, livable and 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 have a mix of residential and commercial facilities, moderate-to-heavy traffic volumes, and until recently, little in the way of pedestrian infrastructure apart from signalized intersections.
Help Pedestrian Cross Busy Streets Safety
Like many urban centers transected by busy thoroughfares, downtown
Everett has long been plagued by pedestrian/vehicle collisions. Multiples incidents over the past several years led police to begin a crackdown on non-yielding drivers in 2019. Rucker Ave. 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) were able to tick all the boxes.