Dear Elected Leaders and Agency Staff,
Thank you for listening and for investing in the future of our community by taking these important steps to make Ballard safer and more welcoming to people of all ages and abilities!
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recently announced the 100% design for the 15th Ave NW Repaving Project here in Ballard after extensive Community Outreach. SDOT performed heroics in the final months of planning and have not just heard, but truly listened to community input and feedback.
This design acknowledges and addresses many of the concerns Ballard residents had with the original design and includes a clear focus on Vision Zero commitments.
These design changes open up doors for Ballard Residents by fulfilling SDOT’s mission of safety, equity, mobility, excellence, and climate justice:
- Equity: Allowing parents with strollers, young kids, the elderly, and our vulnerable neighbors to safely cross 15th Ave NW and traverse improved sidewalks on their way to Gilman Park or the Ballard Library
- Safety: Promoting the safety of residents and visitors walking alone or with friends and family from the Brewery District to Ballard Avenue’s Historic District through additional crossings and pedestrian refuge islands
- Mobility: Making sustainable transportation options competitive for people commuting to work or play through expanded transit lanes and by improving access to nearby bus stops and the future Link Light Rail station
- Climate Justice and Excellence: Improving the quality of life for people living on and near 15th Ave NW by adding to our urban tree canopy and reducing noise and air pollution
Thank you again to SDOT and Council member Strauss for their support, engagement with the community, and hard work which will Reconnect Ballard, lay the groundwork for sustainable growth, and strengthen our community and local businesses.
We look forward to seeing SDOT realize these benefits to the community and firmly support the idea that every SDOT project should, first and foremost, be a safety project with a focus on delivering improvements in historically under-invested neighborhoods across Seattle.