Map: Mercer Island's Dangerous Intersections

Three people were injured on Sept. 6 in car crashes at intersections along SE 40th St. and on Island Crest Way — one of several accidents in recent weeks. Know of a dangerous intersection? Click on "Add" to post them on our map.

Mercer Island's roads may be safer than most, but the community has it's share of traffic accidents and close calls at a number of intersections and hidden pull-outs.

In the past 30 days in the Mercer Island Patch police blotter (Aug. 15- Sept. 15), there have been 17 traffic accidents, and there are likely many more accidents and close calls, but only a fraction of these are reported to police.

Many of those accidents have occurred at an intersection or street that might sound familiar to local residents. Late last month, driver inattention (a small lamp that fell over inside the car, distracting the driver) led to an Aug. 31 rollover, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"police-blotter-suspected-arsonist-destroys-lid-park-porta-potty"} --> of an Honda CRV on Island Crest Way after colliding with another car near SE 40th St. and causing a multi-vehicle collision.

Kendall Watson September 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Is it true that a stoplight was once contemplated here at the Merrimount/ICW intersection? I've been told this in the past. What happened to that idea?
Deborah A September 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
When I served on the ICW Citizens Committee, we were informed that there was no money for a traffic light at Merrimount. However, in the meantime, we've had two lights constructed downtown, several pedestrian lights installed on ICW, and the enormously expensive construction of the narrowed ICW. None of which has improved the safety of the Merrimount/ICW intersection - which by they way, if I remember correctly - was the impetus behind the narrowing of ICW, primarily to improve safety at this most dangerous of intersections.
Eva Zemplenyi September 21, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I too served on the ICW Citizens' Committee the purpose of which, we were told, was to improve safety at the Merrimount/ICW intersection due to the threat of increased insurance costs to the city if something were not done to improve safety at that intersection. A "smart" traffic light was among the initial proposals considered. It was very quickly disposed of due to excessive cost-about $1.5 million.
JPL September 25, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The thing I've noticed now when trying to turn left from Merrimount onto northbound ICW is that I can't tell if the ICW traffic already heading north is in the westbound Merrimount turn lane or the thru lane. Before, with the white tubular markers, it was really obvious if a vehicle was in the turn lane or not based on whether or not you could see those marker posts. Now that visual queue is gone and being close to eye level with ICW makes it tough to tell. This is the type of marker I'm referring to: http://www.impactrecovery.com/images/products/68/tubemarker_app2_300x300.jpg
Jim Stanton September 28, 2012 at 12:49 AM
One more problem to keep an eye on is the shoulder on the west side of Island Crest Way which suddenly disappears at 44th. If a young or unaware bicyclist coasts down the hill going north, they will find them suddenly being forced out into a lane of traffic which may surprise the cyclist, a car in the lane, as well as a car trying to enter from 44th. At a minimum this situation should be marked with warnings.


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