Othello Street corridor to see improvements, and a new community bike shop opens

Hey southeast Seattle residents! Did you like the road re-channelization SDOT did to Columbian Way? I thought it was pretty great.



Photos courtesy of SDOT

And I am not just talking about the bike lanes. Check out the sidewalk, trees and center turn lane. It's a Complete Street!

But head a little further south to Othello/Myrtle St., and we'll find a street that could be safer for everybody who uses it. On Thursday night from 6 - 7:30 p.m.  at the New Holly Gathering Hall you have an opportunity as a user, resident, pedestrian, and/or bicyclist to provide input on the changes that will be coming to this corridor.

Per the Rainier Valley Post.

Neighbors in this south Rainier Valley community have been advocating for improvements along the Othello Street corridor for two years.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Neighborhood Street Fund, they’re hoping the east-west arterial that connects the Seward Park and Brighton neighborhoods with Othello Park, Othello Station, New Holly and Beacon Hill will be a safer place for everyone, including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The project is expected to begin with the design phase this winter and start construction sometime next spring or summer.

Learn more about the project at an open house at New Holly Gathering Hall (3815 S Othello St) on Thur., Nov. 3, from 6 to 7:30 pm.

For more information, contact Neighborhood Street Fund Program Manager Thérèse Casper at therese.casper@seattle.gov or 206-684-8764.

Improvements are coming to S. Myrtle and S. Othello St. between Beacon Ave. S. and Seward Park Ave. S. Project goals include improving safety by reducing speeding and collisions.

While you're thinking about the great improvements to the area, make sure to welcome Seattle's newest community bike shop, the Whistle Stop Co-op, where it's all about bikes, bagels and beverages. Their grand opening is Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. See you there!