$5.5 million in Neighborhood Street Fund Projects announced
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn today announced that 12 community-requested projects will be constructed through the City's Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Large Project program. Utilizing funds from the voter-approved Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy and $1 million in savings from the Spokane Street Viaduct project, the city will invest $5.5 million over the next three years in enhancements for Seattle's neighborhoods.
"People across the city ask me for safer and more walkable streets," said Mayor McGinn. "This fund supports that priority and allows neighborhoods to promote the projects that are most important to them."
Residents of Seattle's neighborhoods proposed projects, which were reviewed and narrowed to a list of 38 by the city's 13 district councils. Projects were ultimately vetted by the citizen-driven BTG Levy Oversight Committee. Projects were evaluated on criteria such as investment impact, quality of life enhancement, safety, cost, geographic distribution, and Pedestrian Master Plan scoring. See the full list at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/btg_nsf_large.htm.
"Seeing the projects with my own eyes during the selection process makes it clear how important these projects are to neighborhoods from a safety and livability standpoint - they're all good projects that deserve funding," said Kristen Lohse, Bridging the Gap (BTG) Levy Oversight Committee co-chair. "It's a very satisfying feeling to know I'm helping build better neighborhoods through my work on the Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project selection process."
The Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project Program is on a three-year cycle, which allows neighborhoods to build larger projects with greater positive impacts for walking and biking. An additional $1 million was added to the funding pool by Mayor McGinn and approved through City council as part of the savings from the Spokane Street Viaduct Project, bringing the total funding available for this third and final round to $5.5 million. Projects selected in 2013 will be designed in 2014 and constructed in 2015. During the first two three-year cycles completed in 2009 and 2012, the city invested $10.5 million in 27 large projects across Seattle.
This is the second time the BTG Levy Oversight Committee has made NSF project recommendations to the mayor and council. "It is an honor to be asked to review these projects," said Ann Martin, BTG Levy Oversight Committee co-chair. "They are all worthy projects and the committee worked diligently to make solid recommendations. We just wish we could fund all of them."
For more information on Bridging the Gap or to learn more about the Neighborhood Street Fund for Large Projects, visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/BridgingtheGap.htm.
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