Walking and the pedestrian environment
March 2, 2005
Bridge widening opposition (Seattle)

520 is beyond my normal scope, but arguments against widening mesh well with my overall message.

This is part of the special feature Freeway Box, showcasing my old life next to freeway viaducts.

In an article in the Seattle PI today, neighborhood activists living near SR520 in Seattle voice their displeasure about plans to widen the freeway. If you're interested in details of the plans, I suggest you visit the WSDOT project page, because I suspect they'll continue to change over time and I won't be keeping up to date here.

Here's the best part in the article:

'"Livability in the city of Seattle is just as important as vehicle mobility on the freeway system," said Ted Lane of the Roanoke Park-Portage Bay Community Council, drawing loud applause.

'Others expressed concern about the effect on wetlands, the arboretum and pedestrians. They also complained of increased noise, worsened air quality, visual blight and mostly about added congestion on local streets.'

Posted by Rob Ketcherside at March 2, 2005 10:10 AM
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