Some Montlake neighbors are calling on the Washington State Department of Transportation to add some 45 days and $20 million of construction to a key SR-520 project in order to save the neighborhood’s grocery and quick stop market.
Thursday is the final day of an online survey process WSDOT is using to gauge public interest in three main possible scenarios — preserve the Montlake Market but close it during construction, preserve the market and allow the store to continue operating through construction, or tear it all down. You can take the WSDOT survey here through 5 PM Thursday.
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“The Montlake Community Club is urging neighbors to tell WSDOT that the market is worth saving for 45 extra days of construction. WSDOT has also estimated that keeping the market open could add $20 million to the project budget, and we say it’s worth it,” the neighborhood club’s Montlake Flyer reports.
The $455.3 million project to create an improved Montlake Boulevard interchange, a landscaped lid over SR 520, a bicycle and pedestrian “land bridge” east of the lid, and a three-lane West Approach Bridge South over Union Bay for eastbound traffic has included plans to remove the store and the gas station but WSDOT has opened itself to finding another plan in response to strong community pushback and following legal attempts to stop the work.
At a January meeting about the market situation, WSDOT discussed “potential scenarios and tradeoffs related to the market-preservation effort.” The WSDOT presentation from the meeting detailing potential cost and construction time impacts is posted here.
Construction is slated to start in early 2019 start and the work could wrap up in 2023.