A new ruling is out in the continuing legal battle over the “Missing Link” of the Burke Gilman Trail. According to SDOT, a state appeals court has denied a motion for review filed by a group of businesses fighting the trail. Back in April, a King County Superior Court judge ruled against those businesses on 8 of 9 complaints. The only complaint they won involved an environmental review on a small section of the missing link which the city is now close to finishing.
Despite the new ruling, SDOT tells us the legal issues are far from over. Once the environmental review is wrapped up, SDOT says the project will probably have to go back to the hearing examiner and could end up before the same King County Superior Court judge who issued the original ruling in April. An attorney for the businesses who filed the lawsuit has not returned our calls for comment.
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