We need as many people as possible to be at the meeting this Tuesday, 9/24 at 12:00 noon at City Hall. The Seattle City Council is expected to vote on the poorly designed and unnecessary second Montlake bridge. Email Mayor Durkan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dist. 3 CM Kshama Sawant (Kshama.Sawant@seattle.gov ) today. The second bridge will further congest Montlake Blvd. and ignores the historic nature of the Montlake area. The second bridge WSDOT proposes takes away from the Olmsted design and ignores how the (Montlake) bridge and the Montlake Cut together are a City of Seattle Designated Landmark (ID #107995),. The historic Montlake bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, as well as the Washington Heritage Register. Tell the Mayor and CM Sawant to just say NO to the second Montlake Bridge.
Seattle City Councilmember Abel Pacheco introduced resolution 31904 on Sept. 9, which is currently under consideration by the city’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee. The resolution makes recommendations for the future configuration of a second Montlake bascule bridge. The bridge was included in WSDOT’s 2011 Record of Decision and funded in the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation legislation. The city’s new resolution would supersede previous city resolutions and states in part that “…the City supports the development of a second Montlake bascule bridge to increase capacity for transit and high-occupancy vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists across the Montlake Cut, while maintaining the existing number of general-purpose lanes.”
For additional details, you can read the city’s draft resolution, or watch a video of Council discussion at a Sept. 11 committee meeting. The discussion about the second bascule bridge begins at 1:06:10 in the video. The committee will discuss and possibly vote on the resolution at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at noon. The agenda is posted if you are interested in participating.