For the first time ever, Seattle’s worst intersection is in South Seattle. Rainier, 23rd, and Hill beat out numerous other contenders to be chosen by readers of the Urbanist as the worst intersection in Seattle for people walking, biking, and busing.
The Worst Intersection in Seattle contest was conceived in 2010 to call attention to issues in our built environment that affect pedestrians. Starting this year, the scope has expanded to consider the perspectives of bicyclists and bus commuters as well.
Similar to last year’s winner, Denny and Stewart, Rainier and 23rd is a traffic-clogged intersection that should primarily serve traffic on its way to the nearest freeway, according to SDOT. However, both intersections fail in that regard due to regular backups from the freeway that slow down frequent bus routes and block crosswalks.
Rainier and 23rd may be even worse for pedestrians than Denny and Stewart, with narrower and more uneven sidewalks that are placed closer to streets that carry faster-moving traffic. 35,000 cars per day travel along Rainier, Seattle’s most dangerous street, and over 10,000 on 23rd. There have been over a dozen collisions in the last five years at this spot.