Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Major Changes Proposed For Sand Point Way, Give Input Tonight At Public Meeting

The community is invited to attend a public meeting on the Sand Point Way Corridor Study tonight at 7pm in the Officers Club in Building 30 in Magnuson Park. 

The public is encouraged to attend and learn about the preliminary proposed plans and provide input.

Information received said:

Over the last six or more months SDOT (Seattle Department of Transportation) has been meeting with a stakeholder group of nearby neighbors to consider possible changes to the Sand Point Way corridor to improve safety and access for everyone who uses Sand Point Way, especially where it runs along Magnuson Park on the north end.  
The group has met with two different consultants who have been studying the area, traffic, landscape, etc, as well as considering  suggestions and concerns.  The stakeholder group has been impressed with the preliminary plans and believes the plan will have positive benefits. 
Last month SDOT presented a Safety Study of the Sand Point Way Corridor from Children's Hospital to NOAA to the Magnuson Park Advisory Committee.   SDOT' has been studying how to improve pedestrian safety along this corridor.  
The key proposal is to narrow Sand Point way from 4 lanes to 3 along much of this part of the corridor, creating room for segregated left hand turn lanes in the middle, and freeing up existing concrete for pedestrian walkways (where none exist) that would be separated from traffic with some sort of barrier.  This would likely coincide with reducing the speed limit.
This also includes a proposal to create a separated walkway on Sand Point Way adjacent to the Sand Pointer Apartments, from NE 65th Street south to Princeton Avenue NE, across from City People's.   These major changes proposed to Sand Point Way NE, include revisions starting at Princeton Avenue, one way in each direction.
Please attend tonight to give your input. It's very important SDOT hear from everyone that will be affected, including neighbors and those that commute through that area. 

Here is information on the preliminary proposals. And for more information go here.

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