SDOT asking for enter concerning Magnolia bike bridge future
Residents are invited to attend a digital informational assembly about the way forward for the thirty third Avenue West pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Magnolia.
The assembly, which will probably be hosted by the Seattle Division of Transportation, will happen from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 by way of WebEx.
Throughout that point, folks may have the chance to study in regards to the challenge, get questions answered, present suggestions and converse with challenge employees.
Christa Dumpys, communications and outreach lead for the challenge mentioned, SDOT is contemplating whether or not to rehabilitate or exchange the bridge, which is exhibiting its age however continues to be protected to make use of. Dumpys mentioned SDOT has no plans to take away the construction and never exchange it.
“We all know that it is a actually essential connection for pedestrians and folks to bike within the neighborhood and the realm,” she mentioned.
In accordance with the challenge overview, the timber bridge is located close to the Salmon Bay waterfront. The bridge hyperlinks pedestrians and bikers throughout an energetic railroad hall to Commodore Park and the Ballard Locks space and the Burke-Gilman Path.
Challenge Supervisor Mike Ward mentioned SDOT solely has funding by means of 90 % of the challenge by means of the Transfer Seattle levy, which doesn’t embrace last design or building.
“However we wish to have plans in place so when that funding turns into out there, we’re able to go,” he mentioned.
At this stage, challenge employees will probably be contemplating completely different choices for the way to exchange or restore the bridge.
“There are price implications related to all of the choices,” Ward mentioned.
In accordance with the challenge web site, on this part, “evaluations are based mostly on concerns like demand for strolling and biking, short- and long-term residential impacts, bridge upkeep, price and environmental impacts. environmental impacts.”
Dumpys mentioned, as a result of connection to the Ballard Locks is closed, the utilization of the bridge could also be a bit completely different, which is why challenge employees will contemplate what the common utilization is.
Dumpy’s mentioned the upcoming assembly and the opposite public outreach alternatives SDOT is conducting is essential for the challenge.
“This will probably be a chance for for folk to provide suggestions,” Dumpys mentioned. “We would like perceive how the bridge is utilized and why it can be crucial.”
She mentioned the early design part of the challenge, which gives residents the perfect alternative to share what they need achieved and have their enter thought-about.
“Undoubtedly, now’s the time for folk to be keyed in and provides their enter,” Dumpys mentioned.
After the general public enter stage, which is able to conclude in November, plans for the completely different alternate options will probably be finalized.
Ward mentioned, if the challenge stays on schedule, the planning part ought to conclude in mid-2021. At the moment, employees will contemplate what funding choices can be found to finish the design work and plan for building. If every thing goes properly, the ultimate design may very well be accomplished by the center or late fall of subsequent yr, with building set to start in early 2022.
“That is all depending on sustaining the schedule and whether or not we be ok with the funding sources,” Ward mentioned.
For extra data, or to enroll in updates on the challenge, folks ought to go to the website.
To attend the digital assembly Sept. 23, go to https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m07c036722eb0f0e8c0313a67ca9fc445.