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T(-) 15 DAYS: Vote to Improve Traffic Safety Around Lafayette


Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. A total of $2 million has been allocated in the 2019 budget and residents can participate in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.

You can vote on Your Voice, Your Choice on 3 projects September 3 – 30, 2019:

District 1: 1A Project 19.3: Crossing Improvements on intersection of SW Admiral Way and 44th Ave SW Neighborhood: Admiral, 98116 (changed to 45th)

  • Voting is open to anyone age 11 and up (must be 13 and up to vote online). If you have older students at home, encourage them to vote!
  • Each voter may cast one ballot per City Council district and may choose up to three (3) projects per district.
  • You can vote online or by paper ballot at any Seattle Public Library branch. Printable ballots can be found on the website in Spanish, English and Somali.

Details about the Project:

Due to some of the unique elements of the street network in the area, as well as the layout and access points of the Lafayette Elementary School, a primary pedestrian trip generator, it is recommended that a Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon (RRFB) installed on the east leg of 45th Ave SW & SW Admiral Way, with a curb bulb on the northeast corner of the intersection, including upgraded ADA ramps. Additional reasons for the recommendation include: • 45th Ave SW is closer in proximity to the eastbound bus stop servicing Routes 50, 56, and 57; • 45th Ave SW is further from the westbound lane merge, which simplifies traffic operations and predictability; • 45th Ave SW experiences far fewer turning movements than 44th Ave SW; • 45th Ave SW provides a more evenly spaced crossing between the existing signalized crossings at 47th Ave SW and California Ave SW, serving more of the residential neighborhood demand; • The Lafayette Elementary School playground can be accessed from 45th Ave SW in addition to 44th Ave SW.

Your ideas needed on how to improve our school; budget requests due by Jan 18th

How would you spend $500 on the Lafayette community? Or even $5,000?

For the 2018-2019 budget, the Lafayette PTA has set aside a portion of the funds which not yet been allocated to fund specific items.  This was done to give community members; students, parents, teachers and staff, an opportunity to further shape the current school year.   Is there something missing from our supplies or equipment or building?  Is there an activity or event you’d like to see this year?  Is there something we have but it needs to be updated?  We are looking for ideas big and small.

Do you have an idea?

If so, please use the attached Lafayette PTA Budget Request Form to provide your name, contact information (email or phone number), a detailed description of your idea, and an estimated cost.  Please submit your form by January 18th, 2019 to the Budget Committee at

What happens next?

The Budget Committee will review all the submitted ideas in January.  We may ask you some questions or require additional information during that time.  Then in February we will provide the results of whether or not funds will be granted for a proposed idea.

Now, it’s up to you….how would you invest in our school, our students and our community?

If you have questions please email them to

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