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Do you wonder why some crosswalks are marked and others are not? Have you noticed the new pedestrian crossing on Kent-Kangley Road? On June 20, City staff will present policy recommendations on installing and maintaining marked crosswalks to the Public Works Committee. If the policy is adopted by Council, 61 new crosswalks would be marked and the existing markings at 47 crosswalks would be removed as early as this summer (click here for map of proposed additions and here for a map of proposed removals).


The policy recommendations are summarized below:

  • Mark crosswalks at traffic signals, except where not appropriate for traffic flow.
  • Mark crosswalks at stop signs where needed to direct pedestrians for traffic flow or safety reasons.
  • At locations without a traffic signal, stop sign, or yield sign, consider the number of vehicles, speed limit, number of lanes, and pedestrian volume. 
  • Within the Downtown Area, mark crosswalks at intersections to encourage pedestrian activity.
  • On school walk routes, mark crosswalks to guide students.
  • Mark crosswalks at designated school crossings.


Click here to read the complete text of the draft policy.


As part of the policy, the City would develop and maintain a prioritized list of locations that could be improved by additional safety features, such as flashing lights. These features and crosswalk markings would be installed as funding becomes available. Input from residents and businesses will be considered in prioritizing those locations.


The policy recommendations are based on state law and current guidelines. City roads, vehicle traffic, and pedestrian activity have changed over time; this policy will improve consistency in marked crosswalk locations. Staff solicited input from residents and businesses through a series of focus groups this spring.


The Public Works Committee makes recommendations to the full City Council on business related to utilities and transportation. After the June 20 Public Works Committee meeting, the City Council will consider scheduling a public hearing on this matter. The Council may adopt the resolution as early as this summer.


Questions and comments about the crosswalk policy recommendations should be sent to Senior Transportation Planner Lacey Jane Wolfe (lwolfe@kentwa.gov or 253-856-5564).   

Give your feedback on new crosswalks policy, June 20

Based on state law, current traffic safety guidelines and input from residents and businesses, City staff will present recommendations on the installation and maintenance of 61 new marked crosswalks, most within the downtown area.

Most of the City’s 700 existing marked crosswalks meet the criteria detailed in the policy recommendations, but 49 do not. If the policy is adopted, crosswalk markings at those locations would be removed as early as this summer.

The City would then develop and maintain a prioritized list of locations that need additional safety features, such as flashing lights, to be marked.
Residents, businesses and families are encouraged to review the draft policy and maps of proposed crosswalk changes:

• Submit comments to Lacey Jane Wolfe by email or by phone to 253-856-5564 by June 15.
• Give public comment at the Public Works Committee Meeting, June 20, 4 - 5 p.m., Kent City Council Chambers, 220 4th Ave. S.

Input from residents and businesses will be considered in prioritizing those locations.


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