Accessible Mt. Baker
The Accessible Mt. Baker project team thanks you for attending the November 12, 2015 Open House. If you were unavailable to attend, or would like to view the latest meeting boards and Concept Plan, they are posted below.
The project team is finalizing the technical reports. Community comments and feedback received prior to February 1, 2016 will be incorporated in the planning phase Outreach Report. As this project moves into project development/10% design in 2016, there will opportunities for additional community participation and opportunities to provide feedback on the initial design. Please send any comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 12, 2015 Open House Boards
Accessible Mt. Baker will identify near-term access and safety improvements for the community near the Link light rail station and the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Rainer Ave. The effort will also develop a long-term multimodal plan consistent with the objectives of the Mt Baker Urban Design Framework and the North Rainier Neighborhood Plan. The process will engage community members and transit users in coming up with innovative solutions for enhancing the transportation environment for all, regardless of how they travel to and through the area.
SDOT has identified key outcomes for Accessible Mt Baker. First and foremost, the project will engage and interact with the community to better understand how the existing transportation system functions and how it can be most readily improved. No one knows and experiences the challenges and opportunities of the Mt Baker Station Area better than the people who travel through it on a daily or frequent basis. The plan will only be truly successful if it has the strong support of the community in which it is designed to serve.
Reflecting community needs and aspirations, the project will begin by identifying and developing conceptual designs for pedestrian and bicycle safety projects in the ½-mile station area. These improvements will be designed for implementation by SDOT in the short-term, at a relatively low cost. Potential projects will address challenges and constraints identified in the Southeast Transportation Study and reflect best practices in urban street and bikeway designs. One example is improving crossing conditions in the vicinity of the Rainier Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The second project outcome is the development of a long-range integrated multimodal plan for the Mt. Baker Town Center. This will include an operational analysis for all modes of travel, with a specific emphasis considering policy direction from adopted modal plans and major truck streets. The operational plan shall consider that transformation from an auto-oriented area to a transit-oriented destination will happen over the span of many years. The plan will also lay out strategies and recommendations that have been identified to strengthen community assets and values. Some examples may include restoring historic boulevard connections, creating linkages to parks and green belts, and identification of placemaking elements emphasizing unique cultural and community traditions.
For more project background information, please refer to the following documents:
The project is anticipated to last 9-12 months, beginning in December 2014.