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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: SDOT Completes New Trail Segment

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7/28/2009  2:35:00 PM
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SDOT Completes New Trail Segment
Bridging the Gap paves way to Genesee Park in time for Seafair

SEATTLE - Providing a safe route for Mount Baker residents to access city recreational facilities, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has completed the Bradford Street Connector. The first of two Bridging the Gap trail segments for 2009, this new pathway creates a link between 42nd Avenue S and 43rd Avenue S, and allows easy access to Genesee Park and Lake Washington Boulevard.

The new trail provides, just in time for Seafair festivities, an ADA accessible route to Genesee Park from the surrounding neighborhood instead of a steep, root strewn footpath. (Pictures of the new connector are available on the SDOT blog at http://sdotblog.seattle.gov/ ). Addressing the neighborhood’s limited routes to nearby recreational facilities, the idea for the trail connection emerged from the neighborhood planning process and is strongly supported by the local community.

In addition to the Bradford Street Connector, SDOT is constructing a trail near Magnuson Park. The heavily used spur is part of the old railroad line that runs from the Burke-Gilman Trail along Sandpoint Way and connects to the park just north of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility. The Magnuson Park Spur will be finished in August.

Thanks to Bridging the Gap, SDOT has completed new segments along the Duwamish Trail, the Chief Sealth Trail and the Burke-Gilman Trail, and built the South Park Connector and the Detroit Street Connector. By the end of 2009, Bridging the Gap will have funded more than 2.5 miles of new trail.

Bridging the Gap is the $365 million levy passed by Seattle voters in 2006. It enables much-needed work by the Seattle Department of Transportation, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge maintenance, and tree planting. The levy also supports the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plans, enhanced transit connections and large Neighborhood Street Fund projects.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 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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