Thursday, May 30, 2013

Community Support Needed For Burke-Gilman UW To UDistrict Trail Multi-Modal Connector

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A Laurelhurst Blog reader sent us this information about the UW seeking community support for the Burke-Gilman Trail Multi-Modal Connector:

The University of Washington is seeking letters of support for their application for federal TIGER funds to fully-fund their Burke-Gilman trail replacement project. As you may know, the UW owns and operates the 1.7 miles of trail that run through its campus. This portion of the trail is known for being a bit challenging to all who use it - root damage, poor sightlines, tree-cover, over-crowding. With the new light rail station scheduled to open in the next two years, and with the proposed plans to add a bike/ped trail over SR 520, this trail is going to see a dramatic increase in use. The University expects an eventual 92% increase in pedestrians and 238% increase in cyclists over the next 15 years.

The Burke-Gilman Trail Multi-Modal Connector will better connect the trail to the U-District, solve the conflict and capacity issues on the current Burke-Gilman, improve safety and security, and accommodate our growing community. UW needs your help to secure this grant for the University of Washington and our community. One of the factors USDOT will consider in evaluating our application is whether there is clear public support for the project. Please take a moment to visit to learn more about the project and to sign on as a citizen supporter. The University has provided the attached two documents that describe the project, and that describe how to write a letter of support.

This TIGER program is highly competitive, with only 4% of applicants nation-wide winning. Therefore, EVERY letter counts. For more information, please contact Betsey McLaughlin at the UW Transportation Services Department - 206-616-6685.

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