DOT announces meetings to discuss proposed traffic safety changes along Rainier Avenue South

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The Seattle Department of Transportation has scheduled two public meetings seeking comments on proposed traffic-safety improvements to Rainier Avenue South.

The meetings will be held Feb. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia School, 3528 S. Ferdinand St., and on March 3 at the Ethiopian Community Center, 8323 Rainier Ave. S., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

DOT officials sought public input about problems along the Rainier Avenue corridor at a pair of meetings in November.

The upcoming meetings will unveil some of the proposed changes DOT will implement to calm traffic along the busy north-south arterial.

SDOT says average daily traffic can top 26,000 vehicles per weekday along Rainier Avenue South.

Between January 2011 and September 2014, there were 1,243 accidents along the avenue, resulting in two fatalities and 630 injuries.