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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: SDOT to Host Open House on “Missing Link” of Burke-Gilman Trail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10/13/2008  1:15:00 PM
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SDOT to Host Open House on “Missing Link” of Burke-Gilman Trail


(SEATTLE)--The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will host an open house to explain design plans and proposed funding for the Burke-Gilman Trail’s “Missing Link” at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, at Adams Elementary School. Mayor Greg Nickels’ 2009-2010 proposed budget provides funding to complete the “Missing Link” through Ballard over the next two years.

Design and construction work on the “Missing Link” is divided into two different efforts. The first segment, with design now 90 percent complete, runs along the south side of NW 45th Street and Shilshole Avenue NW from 11th Avenue NW to 17th Avenue NW. The second segment, with design now 60 percent complete, runs from 17th Avenue NW to the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks. Under the mayor’s proposal, the city would begin construction on the first trail section in 2009 and complete all trail work by 2010.

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. This effort supports the plan’s two primary goals of tripling the amount of cycling and reducing the rate of bicycle collisions by a third.

For more information about the “Missing Link” project, please attend the open house at Adams Elementary School, located at 6110 28th Avenue NW, Seattle. Or visit SDOT’s project website at www.seattle.gov/Transportation/missinglink.htm.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.


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