150 @ 23rd Avenue Greenway Open House

It was a busy Wednesday night, with multiple community meetings happening November 6 – Beacon Hill Pedestrian Improvements, Bicycle Advisory Board and 23rd Ave Greenway – with the latter drawing a large crowd. Approximately 150 people showed up to Nova High School Auditorium to hear about the 23rd Avenue Neighborhood Greenway project, and provide comment to the City. The team is now working hard to review that input and respond to questions.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe  23rd Ave Greenway project would install a neighborhood greenway near 23rd Avenue, a busy arterial, for a more comfortable environment to walk, run, skate and bike in. Many concerns raised by community members, however, were in regards to the larger more expansive 23rd Ave Corridor project. That project held open houses in March and June of this year, and expects to continue work on design through May of 2014.

Meeting attendees talked a great deal about potential traffic backups with the larger 23rd corridor paving project, and with cars spilling into nearby neighborhood streets due to corridor changes.  Also raised were concerns about speed and traffic volumes on already narrow streets as well as the need for safer arterial crossings.

Regarding the greenway plans specifically, community members voiced support and a desire for safer routes for families to walk and bike. SDOT is appreciative of everyone’s participation and plans to continue gathering input, then report back to the community sometime in early 2014.

For more information on the 23rd Greenway or the 23rd Corridor projects, visit:

Corridor Project – http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_ave.htm

Greenway Project – http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rdgreenway.htm