King County to make safety improvements near Liberty High School
June 14, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. June 14, 2012
King County road crews plan to make safety improvements near Liberty High School soon.
The county King County Road Services Division received federal grant funding to complete the project east of Renton. Crews plan to restripe the westbound lanes at the intersection of 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 128th Avenue Street — located north of Liberty.
Plans also call for the the existing traffic signal to be changed to provide a left-turn signal. Expect improved pedestrian facilities to result from the project, too.
Officials expect the changes to reduce the number and severity of rear-end collisions involving motorists waiting to turn left from Southeast 128th Avenue Street onto 168th Avenue Southeast.
In the existing arrangement, a curve limits the visibility of vehicles stopped in the inside westbound lane. Advance warning signs and flashers located east of the intersection should help alert westbound motorists of changes and the need to merge to the right.
Construction is expected to begin by September and be completed by year end.
No full road closure is expected as crews complete the work. Expect to see project signs on the approaches to the intersection to alert motorists a few weeks prior to the start of construction.
The county is accepting comments until June 29. Submit comments to Community Relations, King County Department of Transportation by phone at 206-263-9770, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to to 201 S. Jackson St., MS: KSC-TR-0824, Seattle, WA 98104.
Learn more about the project at www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/Roads/Construction/ConstructionProjectsOther/HighwaySafetyProgram.aspx.