Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail has a representative on SDOT's Design Advisory Committee, which has been meeting for the past month or two - the DAC has representatives from other community groups, from local businesses, and from experts in trail design. Their job is to take the '5% design' from the final Environmental Impact Statement report and translate that into a fully completed design by the end of 2017. It's expected that construction will begin in early 2018.
Besides the monthly general DAC meetings, specific 'segment' workshops have taken place as well, with SDOT organizing the Missing Link into three distinct sections, from east to west as below:
Section 3 - Along NW 45th, from 11th NW (Fred Meyer) to the intersection with Shilsole Ave(current cycle track)
Section 2 - Shilshole Ave from about the Ballard Bridge to 24th NW/Market Street
Section 1 - NW Market Street from 24th NW to the Chittenden Locks
Though all DAC meetings are open to the public, SDOT is reaching out nowto the broader community for input and guidance and have scheduled an open house for next week. Many Friends will be there, as will our DAC representative and alternate. We hope you can stop by, learn more about the process and timeline, and provide input.
What : SDOT Missing Link Project Open House
When: Thursday, July 13, 5-8pm
Where: Ballard Eagleson VFW post @ 2812 NW Market Street (across from Habitude and Kiss Cafe in west Ballard)
Further information (e.g, full EIS, drawings, comments) is available on the SDOT Missing Link page
If you are unable to attend, contact project staff at SDOT directly: BGT_MissingLink_info@seattle.gov
Finally, if you have specific questions or comments related to the Friends involvement with the DAC or the process, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org