It seems that completing the Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail will come at a great cost: many of the trees on the south side of Market St are slated to be removed to make way for the new trail.
The project was recently renamed the Ballard Multimodal Corridor by the city, and part of it is already underway, with crews doing utility work along NW Market St between the Ballard Locks and 24th Ave NW.
Now, it seems the next stage is tree removal. A notice was found duct-taped to a tree on Market St (and posted by Denise in the My Ballard Group), which says the removal will happen on or after April 15.
According to this notice by the city, crews will be removing trees along both NW Market St and NW 54th St. “Removing trees enables crews to demolish existing street and roadway concrete and complete drainage and concrete work,” they write in the notice.
The city requires that two trees be planted for every one tree removed.
The utility verification work for new transit poles and signal improvements is still underway, but is expected to wrap up by the end of April. SDOT says to expect the following impacts:
- Up to one lane of NW Market St and NW 54th St will be closed for exploratory excavations
- Holes will be dug at about 3-feet wide and 10-feet deep, drilling for which will last 30-60 minutes
- Traffic detours
- Temporary bus stop closures/relocations
- Loud work along the corridor
Contact the project team directly at BallardMultimodal@seattle.gov or call 206-519-8136, or visit the project website to learn more about the project.
Thanks, Denise for posting the notice in the My Ballard Group!