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Officials and residents talk about crosswalk

By MIKE HALLIDAY

The Mirror

Nancy Evans didn’t wait for city officials to contact her. The manager of Belmor Mobile Home Park Golf and Country Club set up a meeting last Friday to discuss the crosswalk on South 324th Street between the community and The Commons at Federal Way.

Late last month, a Belmor resident, Norma Flister, was hit by an automobile and killed while crossing the street. It was the latest in several accidents over the years involving pedestrians or drivers in front of Belmor.

City manager David Moseley and representatives from Federal Way’s public works and police departments met with Evans and some Belmor residents. Evans said progress was made and both sides came to some agreements the city would work on. A letter from Moseley to the Belmor residents detailing those agreements is expected before the end of this week.

According to assistant city Manager Derek Matheson, the city will repaint the crosswalk and put up streetlights on either end of it. The street signs drivers see will be switched from wheelchair advisories to traditional crosswalk signs, Matheson said.

The city had crosswalk signs on the road before, but switched to the wheelchair signs to get drivers’ attention that handicapped people used the crosswalk.

There isn’t a timeline for the city to complete the items Belmor residents and city officials agreed upon. Matheson said the repainting and signs will be part of normal street maintenance.It’s estimated the lights will cost about $7,000.

The city also will check if the area meets federal standards for a traffic signal. Matheson said both sides agreed it most likely won’t qualify.

Evans said Belmor residents will meet today to discuss the new developmentts.

Flister, an avid walker, was struck on the evening of Jan. 20. She died later at a hospital.

Police say the driver told them she didn’t see Flister crossing the road. Based on a witness’ statement and evidence from the accident, police determined Flister wasn’t in the crosswalk but several feet from it. However, Belmor residents said they have told the city for years the crosswalk and the area around it are dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. At least one person was seriously injured while crossing the street a few years earlier. Residents also remember several accidents involving neighbors whose vehicles were hit while turning into Belmor’s entrance.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565, mhalliday@kvnews.com

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