One of the issues raised about the proposed rechannelization of NE 125th concerns community outreach. SDOT works hard to alert impacted communities about both proposed and planned work. Examples of this include recent efforts such as paving downtown Fourth Avenue, replacing the NE 45th Street Viaduct approach or holding Summer Streets events. To ensure that the neighborhood was aware of proposed safety changes for NE 125th and to solicit feedback, SDOT undertook the following outreach:
- Sent a press release to all Seattle media and local neighborhood blogs, which was covered prior to the open house by Mapleleaflife.com, Northseattle.komonews.com, Lakecitylive.net, Pinehurstseattle.org, Seattlebikeblog.com and Publicola.
- Placed door hangers on all properties on NE 125th from Roosevelt Way NE to 35th Ave NE.
- Distributed fliers to local businesses, the community center and the library through the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) coordinator.
- Distributed fliers at several community events and the local farmers market.
- Sent an e-mail notice to more than 50 neighborhood organizations, such as community groups, business groups, churches, etc.
- Relayed an e-mail notice through a local resident to more than 350 other area residents.
- Created a Web site outlining the proposal and highlighting the open house.
- Held a community open house solely to address the proposal.
As we mentioned to The Seattle Times when this issue was raised, the 100 plus attendees at our 125th open house clearly indicate that our outreach was thorough and effective.