City looks at improvements to Seattle-side 520 plan including new Montlake Cut bike/ped bridge

Screen-Shot-2015-01-20-at-4.43.31-PMThe City Council’s transportation committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday night as part of the process to finalize the plan for building the westside components of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s project to rebuild SR 520.

The state plan calls for “a box girder style bridge including a bike and pedestrian path over Portage Bay, redesigned highway lids with a new land bridge, and multimodal connectivity improvements,” according to the council’s announcement for the hearing. CHS looked at the final designs for Seattle-side 520 projects including a new Portage Bay Bridge, and a Montlake “land bridge” when the proposals were released in January.

A resolution is planned to document the City of Seattle’s requests for changes and improvements to the plan.

“The City is also asking WSDOT to consider an additional bike and pedestrian bridge across the Montlake Cut, transit priority enhancements, intelligent transportation system improvements (ITS), improved pedestrian safety at the Montlake interchange, and neighborhood traffic enhancements,” according to the the announcement.

The Urbanist blog, meanwhile, has outlined issues in the westside 520 project’s design that the city’s requests need to do more to address.

Council to host Public Hearing on SR 520 West-End Design

SEATTLE – Council’s Transportation Committee will host a Public Hearing Wednesday evening to hear public feedback regarding Seattle’s goals for the proposed design of the west-end of the SR 520 bridge replacement project. In July 2015, the Washington State Legislature approved funding for remainder of the 520 project. Council is preparing to adopt a resolution which outlines the City of Seattle’s priorities and principles as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) moves forward to finish design and begin construction on the West Side of the SR 520 bridge replacement project.

The resolution under consideration concurs with the 2015 Final Design Concept Report, which calls for a box girder style bridge including a bike and pedestrian path over Portage Bay, redesigned highway lids with a new land bridge, and multimodal connectivity improvements. The City is also asking WSDOT to consider an additional bike and pedestrian bridge across the Montlake Cut, transit priority enhancements, intelligent transportation system improvements (ITS), improved pedestrian safety at the Montlake interchange, and neighborhood traffic enhancements.

Each member of the public will have up to 2 minutes to address the committee, and public comment sign-up sheets will be available at 5:15 p.m.

 

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