Troy Heerwagen Wants to Help Fix Seattle’s Worst Intersections

Seattle has some pretty bad intersections. But we also have a pretty awesome guy who decided to do something about it.

In 2011, Troy Heerwagen started the Worst Intersection in Seattle competition. He asks residents to nominate and vote on the intersections that are most difficult, or even dangerous, for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders to cross. The bracket-style elimination is a clever way to bring attention to fixing the city’s transit planning fails.

In fact, in 2018, the intersection at Rainier and 23rd and Hill in South Seattle won the honor as worst intersection in Seattle. Now? The city is fixing it as part of its ongoing makeover of 23rd.

By Eric Keto
Eric is a video producer based in Seattle, Washington.