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October 5th: Last Chance for SR-520 Design Input

It may seem like the SR-520 process has been going on for years (and it has), but WSDOT is wrapping up it’s Seattle Community Design Process this Friday. They are very interested to hear from a wide variety of voices, because currently much of the noise around the project has disproportionately come from a few vocal neighbors who have been seen as representative of the entire community.

WSDOT is seeking feedback on its design preferences (for more information see their website) by this Friday – October 5th – either by email [email protected] or by an online survey

While some neighbors have been concerned about the bulk of the new highway, community members of the grassroots group Central Seattle Greenways (which advocates for safe, comfortable, and family-friendly pedestrian and bicycle connections in the Central District and Capitol Hill) wants to make sure that WSDOT uses this opportunity to:

A) Create a multimodal hub in the Montlake lid area that interconnects transit, bike trails, and pedestrian paths to surrounding neighborhoods and the greater Seattle area.
B) Study, design, and build a multi-use trail on the Portage Bay Bridge that connects Capitol Hill and the Central District with Montlake, the UW, the Eastside, the new Arboretum Trail, and the Burke Gilman Trail.

For more information about what Central Seattle Greenways is proposing see their website. Heavyweights, Cascade Bicycle Club are also running a blog post about the importance of commenting before October 5th.

The following graphic is from the Central Seattle Greenways website:

2 thoughts on “October 5th: Last Chance for SR-520 Design Input

  1. I see bus drop off/pick up on the bridge. But — wait there is to be a light rail staion just north. I think they’d be better off routing all busses on that ‘second’ Montlake bridge to the light rail. THAT is going to be the transit hub of the future. As it stands now, a lot of people are not going to enjoy the hike down to stadn by a freeway flaging down a bus…..

    Seems that the transit people in this region just cannot get it together!

  2. Our modern Hiway projects have really improved the urban environment. I can’t wait for the new lids, pedestrian/bike mobility, noise suppression and landscape.

    Someday we can eliminate Metro and the awefull stench of busses as these upgrades allow bicycling, rail, and trolly systems. And lets work to target town centers. Yes Keller we should consider how the bus stops work with the hubs we want to build.