Walkers, joggers and other Sunset Avenue users are noticing something new: painted lines and labels in the roadway that appear to be preliminary location markings for the proposed Sunset Walkway Project. The markings stretch across the roadway about 50 yards south of the intersection with Caspers Street, and are divided into sections labeled path, curb, clear and lane.
My Edmonds News talked with Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams, who confirmed that the markings provide “a rough visual about how space would be allocated in this stretch of Sunset Avenue.” He went on to say that the markings show the proposed 10-foot multi-use pathway on the west, a 2-foot mountable curb, a 6-foot clear “no parking” zone, and a 12-foot travel lane to accommodate vehicles and bicycles.
“Keep in mind that cars can drive in the clear zone as necessary so there is actually 18 feet of pavement for vehicles to maneuver in,” Williams added. “This is more than enough to have a delivery vehicle parked and still get a car around.”
The Sunset Walkway Project will be taken up this Tuesday by the Edmonds City Council, when the council will discuss project alternatives, stormwater issues/impacts, safety considerations including a fencing barrier between the path and the bluff, and various concerns expressed by citizens.
— By Larry Vogel