Construction on Market Street will continue, as crews work to finish street improvements that are independent from the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link project.
Last week, King County Judge Roger Rogoff said work must halt on the Missing Link construction in order to address key issues found within the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). However, the current work on Market Street includes more comprehensive improvements, and will continue.
Dan Nolte from the City Attorney’s Office tells My Ballard that aspects which are independent from the Missing Link will continue through the year.
“Completing the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link is one part of a larger Ballard Multimodal Corridor project to improve multi-modal safety, including roadway paving, new sidewalks, storm drainage, and signal improvements,” Nolte says.
“We’re currently assessing next steps for the trail.”
In a press release addressing the recent ruling from Judge Rogoff, the Cascade Bicycle Club maintains confidence that the Shilshole alignment will be successful.
“Cascade remains committed to completing the Burke-Gilman Missing Link along the route that the majority of the community wants. We don’t see this ruling as slowing down the project long-term,” Richard Smith, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club, said in the statement. “The choice of
Shilshole Ave. NW as the route of the Missing Link has been affirmed as the most simple, safe and connected route. This evaluation is one that experts agree on, the community wants, and that we support for just those reasons.”
In the meantime, crews will carry on working to finish the Market Street improvements.
This week, paving will continue, with plans today (July 10) to pave the east driveway of Limback Lumber to 26th Ave NW, and potentially up to the AMLI Mark24 apartments. They say driveways impacted by this work will reopen on Saturday morning. Tomorrow, crews plan to pave in front of Spirit Gas, at 24th Ave NW.
Because this weekend is SeafoodFest, crews will temporarily remove traffic control on NW Market St east of 24th Ave NW, from Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 14th.
For weekly updates and new about the project, visit the NW Market St Paving Project website.
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