Montlakers were once again drawn in for an update from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). This time the event (Wed, March 22) featured posters with “explainers” and a presentation/Q&A format. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Metro/King County representatives were also on hand with information. Present too, were consultants from KPG explaining the Montlake Business District Improvement Plan, an effort led by the Montlake Community Club. Whew! A little confusing with all those presenters! Unfortunately, a query about the future of the Montlake Blvd Market and gas station brought a response that “The matter was under negotiation, so could not be addressed at this time.” BUT there is reason for optimism, because Montlake finally appears to be getting a coordinated response to its traffic concerns.
This Update includes a look, not just at what is happening on SR 520 as reconstruction gets to Montlake, but also a first look at WSDOT & SDOT’s combined ideas for “potential local street measures” right here in Montlake. (Chapter 4 Potential Local Street Measures, pp 24-31).
We are encouraged by this evidence that WSDOT has been listening to us, and has actually been working with the City of Seattle Department of Transportation to respond to the traffic problems we’ve all been telling them about. This could mean genuine mitigation, folks! Please check out the report.
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**The SR 520 Montlake Phase includes the construction of the West Approach Bridge South, Montlake lid and interchange, and a bicycle and pedestrian land bridge. Construction of the Montlake Phase is expected to begin in 2018.