UPDATE: If you were unable to attend the Sept 16th meeting and have comments to share, please email City Council Transportation Committee Chair Tom Rasmussen at tom.
The Seattle City Council is seeking testimonies today, Wednesday, Sept 16th at 5:30pm to help finalize the SR-520 resolution. Show up at the University Christian Church at 4731 15th Ave. NE. and tell the Seattle City Council we need to get this right at a public hearing.
While in person testimony is more impactful, if you can’t make the meeting, you can email, or better yet call, the City Council Transportation Committee Chair Tom Rasmussen directly at 206-684-8808 or tom.
Below are some Montlake focused comments shared by Lionel Job.
- The Bill Dawson trail plan described in WSDOT plan is in jeopardy because NOAA is showing no interest in letting WSDOT use some of the land it controls. If NOAA prevails, the new Bill Dawson tunnel could be further compromised. It is very important that the city include language asking for WSDOT to produce an alternate above grade or at grade solution to enable pedestrians to cross SR520 safely and directly, in case WSDOT cuts back on the Bill Dawson trail features. We can’t accept any form of value engineering.
- The city needs to create a proper traffic, safety and transportation plan that covers much more than the immediate vicinity of SR-520. WSDOT needs to help fund it and abide by it.
- The loss of Bus routes 43 and 25 combined with an interchange that will make foot access of the light rail station difficult needs to be addressed now. These routes must be maintained -at least until the effects of the interchange are experienced and understood. While not related to the resolution, it is important for the council to hear this at this time so that they intervene with King County.
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