The public comment period for the Seattle 520 Replacement Community Design Process wraps up Friday, October 5th. This is the last chance for the public to give input before WSDOT finalizes the basic design ahead of funding the project during the 2013 legislative session and beginning construction as early as 2014.
Public comments can be submitted via email to SeattleCommunityDesign@wsdot.wa.gov. WSDOT also has an online survey for their preferred alternatives (takes 15-30 minutes to complete), including 520’s West Approach through the Arboretum and Union Bay, the Montlake Lid, the Portage Bay Bridge and the Roanoke Lid on Capitol Hill. All together, this is $2.2 billion worth of infrastructure affecting several Seattle neighborhoods.
WSDOT wants to make sure this transportation investment serves the neighborhood well. Does it? Can you imagine walking over the Montlake Lid between your home, UW or the Arboretum? Does the lid improve the pedestrian experience through Montlake? What ideas do you have to improve the project? Let WSDOT know before Friday, or live with this lid for the next 75+ years.
Here are a few links to help guide your survey input:
- A cheat sheet for filling out WSDOT’s online survey, written by Montlake and Central Seattle Greenways advocates.
- Cascade Bicycle Club’s 520 public comment.
- Nature blog Union Bay Watch writes in support of wildlife preservation.
Here are the Montlaker Neighborhood Blog posts for emailing comments to WSDOT:
- Give pedestrians a traffic-separated path over 520
- Reconsider dark and dangerous paths under the freeway
- Redesign the 40-foot wall towering over East Montlake Park
Feel free to copy, paste or edit any of the comments in the links above and send them WSDOT’s way. Seventy-five years of concrete is worth a few minutes today.