Walking and the pedestrian environment
July 12, 2004
Lots of pedestrian space! (Seattle)

Mega columns warrant mega sidewalks.

This is part of the special feature Freeway Box, showcasing my old life next to freeway viaducts.

Column in sidewalk

South Royal Brougham has huge sidewalks between Airport and 4th. Somebody probably patted themselves on the back for being so nice to pedestrians back when the interchange between I-5, I-90, and SR 519 was built. The sidewalk is made necessary, though, by the massive size of the support columns that are jabbed into them.

Where does this sidewalk lead? Who or what is on the other side?

From a distance it looks like you couldn't fit a wheelchair around it, but that's just because you have no sense of scale.

A misdirected youth going by the name "SUV" fittingly tagged this column quite awhile ago. WSDOT maintenance crews haven't been by recently to return this to bland, uninspiring solid gray.

Posted by Rob Ketcherside at July 12, 2004 9:03 PM
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