Mayor McGinn announces nearly $14 million in neighborhood transportation investments
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn today announced nearly $14 million in neighborhood transportation investments throughout Seattle as part of his 2014 Proposed Budget. These investments focus on the basics, with more funding for sidewalks, road paving, design work for bridge rehabilitation, and funding for coordinated transportation planning in four key corridors.
"Seattle's economy is doing well, and that gives us the ability to pave more streets, build more sidewalks, repair more bridges, and conduct additional coordinated transportation planning," said McGinn. "We're investing in better roads and sidewalks in neighborhoods across our city."
"Neighborhoods across Seattle are always in need of, and advocating for, more transportation investments," said Phil Shack, chair of the City Neighborhood Council. "This commitment to invest more in our communities is much needed and very welcome."
The mayor's 2014 Proposed Budget represents a 37% increase in road maintenance funding over 2010 levels. A significant investment for people who walk is also part of this budget proposal. With more funding for pedestrian improvements like sidewalks and curb ramps, there is a 79% increase in Pedestrian Master Plan Implementation over the 2014 Endorsed Capital Improvement Program.
"Seattle's Pedestrian Master Plan is the City's guide to prioritized investments for people who walk," said Devor Barton, chair of the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. "This funding increase for plan implementation will make our streets safer, our neighborhood more walkable, and, eventually, it will make our residents healthier."
The mayor's budget proposal includes $776,000 to initiate coordinated transportation planning in four corridors in 2014: Beacon Avenue, Lake City Way, Greenwood Avenue, and East Marginal Way. This work will utilize pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight planning to recommend future investments. It will include project scoping, conceptual design, cost estimating, traffic studies, and public engagement to evaluate potential capital improvements.
$2,400,000 is also included to leverage state and federal grants to significantly improve the 23rd Avenue Corridor, a corridor running through the Central District and Capitol Hill. Improvements will include sidewalk reconstruction, pavement reconstruction, a neighborhood greenway, signal upgrades, and more.
Specific maintenance and infrastructure investments include:
The $13,976,000 in neighborhood transportation investments listed above are in addition to the City's baseline budget for similar items and are made possible through Bridging the Gap dollars, real estate excise tax revenues, and other funding sources.
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