Nominate your worst intersection in Seattle in 2012

Nominations have been received – you can vote here

It’s time to submit your nominations for worst pedestrian intersection in Seattle. Last year you all voted Aurora Ave and John/Thomas/Harrison/Republican as the worst intersections in Seattle.

Go ahead and comment on this post to submit your nomination and tell us why it’s the worst. The criteria for “worst” intersection is your own – this could be an intersection with poor signaling, missing sidewalks, safety issues, and maybe is one you have to use every day.

The deadline for nominees is March 18 and after that we’ll put the most-nominated spots up to a vote.

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9 Responses to “Nominate your worst intersection in Seattle in 2012”


  • I cheated last year and called Aurora an intersection. I’m tempted to say “I-5” this year. But let’s choose a specific manifestation. Pine and Boren Dangerous for cyclists and remarkably unpleasant for pedestrians for an intersection that’s unavoidable for the commute of thousands of us. I dream of Seattle learning from Columbus, Ohio on this one: https://sites.google.com/site/freewaycaps/what-portland-cn-learn-from-florence-italy-and-columbus-ohio

  • Raye St & Queen Anne Dr / 4th Ave N / 6th Ave N. This is a 6-way intersection, controlled by all-way stop signs, with no sidewalks, and is filled with cars. Completely chaotic atmosphere on foot or on a bicycle.

  • My nomination would be Terrace St. & Broadway … the crosswalk is NOT striped yet it is a busy intersection with people crossing to/from the #9 bus stop for Harborview. Lots of elderly folks too … and drivers WILL NOT STOP for people crossing because they are in too much of a hurry to make the light at Broadway/Boren

  • My vote is for 5th Avenue and Denny Way. Or as I call it, the 5th Avenue onramp.

  • The whole Montlake interchange. It stinks no matter what your mode of transportation. Crowded roads, terrible pavement, many crossings.

  • Eastlake & Harvard. The trip north isn’t so horrible (relatively speaking), but going south over the University Bridge, then quickly merging into traffic and across two lanes is nightmarish. Cars are dodging backed-up left-turn traffic at Fuhrman, bicycles are moving fast on the downhill with visibility limited by the bridge, and the street is a torn up mess. At least most of the grit from after the snow has been cleared out of the bike lane.

  • My nomination is the intersection of 15th Ave and John st. on Capitol Hill ( http://g.co/maps/gx95s ). This intersection is rather bizarre as the street grid on either side of 15th Ave doesn’t match up. John and Thomas (on the other side of 15th) are rather busy arterials that carry two of Metro’s busiest bus routes (8 & 43) plus a huge amount of cars trying to access the neighborhood and Group Health. Typically cars trying to go east to west have to make a right turn on the red light at 15th onto John try speeding around the corner while pedestrians have a walk signal. , which combined with the rather large columns of the Safeway Grocery building This intersection is next to a medium sized employer (Group Health Hospital), a busy supermarket (Safeway), is on a commercial through-fare (15th Ave) and is in the densest neighborhood in Seattle (Capitol Hill). I’ve been try to start lobbying for a all way walk pedestrian signal at this intersection. Who’s with me?

  • 37th Ave E & Lake Washington Blvd & E Harrison St. No crosswalks or other clear intersection markings, limited visibility for and of cars coming up the hill on Lk WA Blvd, most cars speeding. This might seem like an intersection in the boonies, but this is the flattest way to get from Madrona and Leschi to the Montlake Bridge or University Bridge.

  • 35th Ave SW & Avalon. Terrible for walking and biking. It has heavy traffic, no bike lanes, badly marked crosswalks, and there has been no sidewalk on the southeast corner for several years.

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