Wood & Main Intersection Improvements

Design is underway to fix the intersection of Main Street and Wood Avenue. This intersection heralds back to the historic old town Sumner. Now, with street and sidewalk upgrades along Main Street, it is time to update this remaining gap for accessible and safe walking and vehicle use of the intersection. The traditional 3-light green, yellow, red signal needs to be updated to modern equipment that provides better visibility. Sumner High School students and residents frequently cross here to get to local businesses or on their routes to and from school. This busy pedestrian route is in the midst of drivers and passengers making their way to shop downtown or nearby, or to get to the Sumner Train Station. The aim of this project is to integrate an updated intersection into the vibrant Sumner Town Center boundary between Fred Meyer, Sumner High School, residential areas and the Sumner downtown.


The conceptual project design features new traffic signal with pedestrian signals upgraded to today's standards, a raised intersection that prioritizes pedestrians over vehicles, back-in angled parking to promote driver visibility and awareness, and vital ADA-compliant sidewalk improvements to improve safety for all users.



Design is underway to fix the intersection of Main Street and Wood Avenue. This intersection heralds back to the historic old town Sumner. Now, with street and sidewalk upgrades along Main Street, it is time to update this remaining gap for accessible and safe walking and vehicle use of the intersection. The traditional 3-light green, yellow, red signal needs to be updated to modern equipment that provides better visibility. Sumner High School students and residents frequently cross here to get to local businesses or on their routes to and from school. This busy pedestrian route is in the midst of drivers and passengers making their way to shop downtown or nearby, or to get to the Sumner Train Station. The aim of this project is to integrate an updated intersection into the vibrant Sumner Town Center boundary between Fred Meyer, Sumner High School, residential areas and the Sumner downtown.


The conceptual project design features new traffic signal with pedestrian signals upgraded to today's standards, a raised intersection that prioritizes pedestrians over vehicles, back-in angled parking to promote driver visibility and awareness, and vital ADA-compliant sidewalk improvements to improve safety for all users.



We want to hear your thoughts on the project and the conceptual design!

Now that the project has reached the Conceptual Design phase, it is a great time to shape the project with your input.  Have a story, comment, or question?  Any input you have will shape the design moving forward and let us know how you feel about improvements at this important intersection.  

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I agree with another comment about how the descriptions of options for the intersection do not give us any idea about what we are voting on. Are they tied to the graphic that is already shared? Are you simply asking about what type of decorative elements should be included, or are you asking for technical/functional pieces?Back in parking is great, and much better than what is available right now. A lot of the design elements that you mention, like ADA compliant sidewalks, increased driver visibility and better signals, are all big improvements, but we need more to chew on if you are asking us to vote on it.

mkenna32 about 1 month ago

This poll would not suffice in any neighborhood of Seattle. I hope that the people that created it are not the same ones that are making the changes because it is both outdated in language, “snazzy,” and completely vague. “Over the top” and “snazzy” can be anything to anyone and is up for interpretation. What about using words like ”modern”, “futuristic”, and giving us several specific corresponding examples of the design makers’ ideas or previous work to choose between. Or conveying how it will tie in with the new bridge design and the upcoming high school update? Everyone is more likely to be on the same page and for the poll to really mean something if it were a lot more specific.

Lucy about 1 month ago

I believe back in parking is time consuming and a hazard to other drivers and pedestrians. Hope you find another alternative to provide for the businesses concerned.

Christine Lawson about 1 month ago

I like the idea of fixing the intersection and making it more pedestrian friendly. I'm concerned about how the positioning of the intersection will impact the existing businesses on the South side of the intersection, as they don't appear to have land to offer for the revisions. It seems like most improvements to improve flow and appearance also take parking and access away from the resident businesses, and this is not a great thing.

norris.johnson about 1 month ago

Back in parking is going to delay traffic and create back ups

Albaly about 2 months ago

Love the back-in only parking spots. I feel the 2 grass sections are impractical, I'd rather so those paved and maybe provide space for a bench or 2. Also, please be sure the new design still provides Dairy Freeze with enough space for a few tables outside, such an iconic spot on a nice summer day!

mlongnecker about 2 months ago

I think the stoplight could benefit from adding a green arrow for people turning left. Sometimes it’s a long Wait when yielding.

Wilson about 2 months ago

Are the parking spots along this section going to just be back in spots? I think this will help a lot.

Reneeteach about 2 months ago

Does this this mean the city is going to fix Wood Avenue North of Main Street? It is embarrassing that the city has let it get as bad as it is.

Sfochtman83 about 2 months ago

Id like to see flags for crossing that people use when they cross with light, benches available for people to rest

Karinll about 2 months ago