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SDOT issues new proposal for Burke-Gilman Trail “missing link” construction

Posted by Meghan Walker on April 30th, 2012

After years of proposals and appeals concerning the “missing link” of Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has made a new proposal to construct the segment of the trail that is missing between 11th Ave. NW and the Ballard Locks (the Shilshole Segment). Using a proposal similar to previous plans, SDOT has reissued a Revised Determination of Non-significance (DNS), which means the project will not have adverse environmental impacts. May 21 is the last day to submit an appeal on the proposal.

From SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation proposes to construct the Burke-Gilman Trail Extension Project, which complete the “missing link” of the trail between 11th Ave NW and the Ballard Locks. Pursuant to an order from the King County Superior Court, SDOT has further developed the design of a portion of the Burke-Gilman Trail Extension Project, specifically the segment along Shilshole Avenue NW between 17th Avenue NW and NW Vernon Place (the Shilshole Segment). After review of the entire project and consideration of the further developed design of the Shilshole Segment, SDOT has determined that this proposal still will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is therefore not required.

As a result, on April 30, 2012 SDOT published the attached Reissuance of Revised SEPA Determination of Non-significance (DNS).  The Revised DNS was originally issued in 2011 for the entire Burke-Gilman Trail Extension Project between 11th Avenue NW and the Hiram M. Chittendon (Ballard) Locks, including the Shilshole Segment.  Supporting documentation, including information related to further design of the Shilshole Segment, may be found on the project’s website.

Comments on the DNS  and supporting documentation may be submitted until 5:00 pm Monday, May 14.  In addition, any interested person may appeal this DNS by submitting a Notice of Appeal and a filing fee to the Office of the Hearing Examiner no later than 5:00 pm Monday, May 21.  Please see the DNS for more information on providing comments and submitting appeals.

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