In its latest round of grant funding for its bicycle and pedestrian safety program, Washington State has prioritized a Delridge trail and road safety project, improvements to Olympic Drive near the Ferry Terminal on Bainbridge Island, bike share station install in the University District, and Interurban Trail access improvements in Shoreline.
Here are some details, from a recent report to the legislature (see full report below):
The state will $764,200 toward non-motorized improvements to Olympic Drive, which connects the commercial center of Bainbridge Island to the Ferry Terminal. It is often difficult and dangerous for someone biking uphill after exiting the ferry to make a left turn on Winslow Way toward this key commercial area. This grant is a great opportunity to create an entrance into Bainbridge that is safe for people of all ages and abilities who choose to arrive by bike.
The project completes a missing link between the ferry terminal and the city center through curb, gutter, sidewalks, ADA improvements, and bicycle facility improvements that may include bike lanes or shared lane markings.
The state is recommending $750,000 for King County Metro to help launch a bike share system in the University District. As we reported previously, the University District is part of the initial system roll-out planned by Puget Sound Bike Share (of which King County Metro is a partner.
We’ll have an update on PSBS soon.
The state is looking to put $337,000 toward a trail link and roadway improvements on Delridge Way just south of the West Seattle Bridge. Combined with a Seattle Large Projects Fund grant, and the funding exists to make some significant walking and biking improvements in this key neighborhood link. Details from the North Delridge Neighborhood Council:
For a long time, the northernmost portion of Delridge between Andover and the West Seattle Bridge trail has been a particularly egregious missing link in the West Seattle bike & pedestrian infrastructure. Coming south onto Delridge, the trail ends at a one-way intersection where drivers often block the curb ramp while awaiting a break in traffic. Once across this, users must continue on a dilapidated sidewalk for two blocks to reach the light at Andover. For cyclists in particular, this is very unsafe: the choice is between riding the wrong way on the sidewalk past several blind driveways, or making a death-defying dash across four lanes of traffic, avoiding drivers traveling well over the posted 35MPH speed limit.
That is all going to change soon. Because of the advocacy of members of the NDNC, the West Seattle Greenways, DubSea Bikes, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and others, this section of Delridge will soon see a redesign containing a multi-use path from Andover to Delridge. The design of the project is being funded by the recently-awarded neighborhood project fund grant, proposed by members of the NDNC (this award is listed on p. 18 of this huge pdf document, which outlines the 2013-2018 proposed capital improvement program).
Though this NPF award was to cover only the design, we had heard from SDOT on several occations that they were seeking a state transportation grant to cover the implementation of the project. Yesterday we received good news on this front: WSDOT has recommended the project for full funding in 2013! (See the funding details on page 8 of this pdf).
The state is also looking to fund improved Interurban Trail connections in Shoreline. $540,000 would go to connect commercial areas and neighborhoods to the key walking and biking route. Details:
The project includes filling curb, gutter, and sidewalk gaps, ADA improvements, bike lanes, sharrows, wayfinding, and shared-use path connections citywide in residential and commercial areas.
There are also plans for a new trail in Redmond and improvements to the Centennial Trail. Here’s the full list (including some interesting contingency projects in case priority projects fall through):