Reader view: What happened to the officers directing ferry traffic?

My husband Ralph walks the dog down in this area and has taken pictures like the one attached over the last couple of days. It seems there are no traffic officers any more so waiting lines for the ferry are now blocking the pedestrian crosswalks and often the intersection at Dayton and Sunset.
I hope you will publish this picture. Maybe getting in the news will get the attention of officials that might be able to address this.
By the way, the building in the picture is Edmonds Landing, a senior living facility. I would hate to have a resident from Edmonds Landing (or any pedestrian for that matter) get hurt or killed walking in the traffic lanes because the crosswalks are blocked at this busy intersection.
Peggy Sanders
Edmonds
Publisher’s note: This work has been the responsibility of the Washington State Patrol. We’ve reached out for a comment but have not yet heard back.

14 Replies to “Reader view: What happened to the officers directing ferry traffic?”

  1. What about illegal right and left hand turns off of

    What about illegal right and left hand turns off of Dayton into ferry lane at that intersection?

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    1. Excellent point – a couple weeks ago, I observed an east-bound car cross Edmonds Way and turn left into a busy ferry line. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a blasting of multiple horns from the long line of cars who’d been waiting in line probably an hour. Wow

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  2. Those officers went away several years ago as a cost cutting measure by WSDOT. And the scene pictured is not at all unusual at that intersection.

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        1. The WSP is there very irregularly. I go thru those intersections about 3 times each week and they’re virtually never there. The off-duty Edmonds officers were always there.

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  3. This may be a WSP issue (“Publisher’s note: This work has been the responsibility of the Washington State Patrol. We’ve reached out for a comment but have not yet heard back.”) – but public safety in Edmonds is the responsibility of Edmonds. Does Edmonds get any funding from the ferry system?

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  4. I work at 2nd and Dayton and virtually every Friday from March to late Oct. WSP is out there directing traffic. I have seen this for going on 13 years. If the volume of traffic for the ferries is low, WSP isn’t there. But in the summer/tourist season they are always there on Fridays.

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  5. I drive through the intersection about 4 times a day. There is definitely an issue with cars blocking both the crosswalk and the intersection. This is the first year in about 20 that I haven’t seen officers directing traffic. It gets to be quite dangerous with the chaos and drivers getting frustrated.

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