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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City to Complete Additional Environmental Analysis of “Missing Link”

4/28/2010  10:20:00 AM

City to Complete Additional Environmental Analysis of “Missing Link”
Addresses recent ruling on Burke-Gilman Trail’s future alignment

SEATTLE – In response to a recent ruling by the King County Superior Court, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced today that it will conduct an environmental review of the Burke-Gilman Trail’s future alignment along Shilshole Avenue NW. As the Superior Court’s ruling was a significant victory for the city of Seattle, upholding eight of the nine issues regarding the existing environmental assessment, the department opted to complete the additional evaluation instead of appealing the decision.

The city seeks to complete the Burke-Gilman by building a trail segment, known as the “Missing Link,” from 11th Ave NW to the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks. Though SDOT had previously reviewed the environmental impact of an interim alignment along Ballard Ave NW, the court ruled that the department also needed to study the future alignment on Shilshole Ave NW from 17th Ave NW to NW Vernon Pl. This additional work is estimated to take up to six months and its final form will be determined once the environmental review is underway. While this will provide the city with additional information about the future alignment, no decision has been made about whether to construct the future trail segment at this time.

Once completed, the trail will create a regional trail system running unobstructed through Seattle, to Issaquah via the Sammamish River Trail and the East Lake Sammamish Trail. It is the city’s top-rated trail priority as identified by the Bicycle Master Plan, and supports the plan’s goals of tripling the amount of cycling and reducing the rate of bicycle collisions by a third.

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