Letters to the Editor

Intersection is dangerous

Many thanks to the Federal Way Police Department and to officer Murphy for the assistance I received in crossing Pacific Highway South at the 312th Street intersection the morning of March 25. This is an excessively dangerous intersection for handicapped and elderly pedestrians to navigate, owing both to the construction going on in that vicinity and the extremely short pedestrian walk-light timing for crossing Pacific Highway. I apologize for needing the services of the police in crossing that intersection, but after the occurrence the week before in which a driver illegally running the light almost ran over me, I don’t feel very safe any more in making that crossing.

I would also like to note that after I had completed my errands and made all my necessary crossings of the streets at that intersection, I noticed an elderly couple (he was walking with a cane) stranded at the southeast corner of that intersection because their crossing was blocked by a piece of road equipment scraping the surface in their path. It took them several lights to make their way across. Fortunately, that is the longer light for crossing Pacific Highway, and they almost had enough time to navigate through the uneven construction area to the opposite corner.

Karen Hedwig Backman

Federal Way

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