Letters to the Editor

Trail crossing on SR-203 needs safety fixes

For 27 years, I have lived in Carnation and enjoyed the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

However, there is one place where the trail crosses Highway 203 just north of Carnation with no proper crossing warning, other than a very inadequate, too-easy-to-miss yellow diamond-shaped “Trail Crossing” sign.

The crossing is at a bend in the highway; with oncoming traffic going 55 miles per hour, it is not quickly evident for drivers to see just where the crossing place actually is. Traffic rounds the bend and bam! There’s the trail.

Just yesterday, again, while driving home, I saw a jogger race out of the way of an oncoming vehicle as he crossed the highway, there to resume the trail on the other side. Another time, my then-9-year-old daughter was nearly a fatality that could have been.

This trail is widely used by walkers, joggers and horseback riders, and needs far better visibility on such a fast highway.

It needs a painted crosswalk, or at least white “slow-down” stripes with little bumps on them, such as at the trail crossing further south near Fall City. If this can be provided at Fall City, I respectfully request that it be provided at Carnation as well. There are way too many close calls with children, bikes, dogs and horses scooting between fast-coming cars.

Roberta Burns

Carnation

 

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