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, or by mail to to 201 S. Jackson St., MS: KSC-TR-0824, Seattle, WA 98104.

Learn more about the project at

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One Response to “King County to make safety improvements near Liberty High School”

  1. Nick on June 15th, 2012 8:19 am

    Great! Construction set to begin when school STARTS! Looking forward to this intersection congestion once schools start up again. That road/intersection leads to 3 different schools. An elementary, middle and high school. It’s great they are doing something but how about construction during Summer? Or how about construction at night?

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