The revised plans for a neighborhood greenway on NW 58th Street in Ballard will be on display at an open house Thursday, likely the final public meeting on the project before expected installation later this spring and summer.
The meeting will be held in the Ballard High School Lunchroom from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by Q&A).
The project was supposed to be part of the city’s 2012 goal to install seven miles of neighborhood greenways, but was delayed in the fall following some opposition to elements of the plan.
Disappointingly, the revised plans do not include a traffic diverter and median island at the busy 24th Ave NW. Intended to keep traffic levels low on the street, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce (which has also inexplicably opposed completion of the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link) and owners of the “On the Park” apartment building voiced opposition to it. Instead, the city will install push-button flashing beacons.
Details from an SDOT fact sheet:
SDOT is no longer proposing a median at 24th Avenue NW after discussing the idea with the Ballard Chamber of Commerce and Security Properties, which is the company that owns the ‘On the Park’ apartment building on the southeast corner. Access to the parking garage serving as the primary access point for over two hundred apartments would be hindered by the median island.
SDOT is now planning to install a ‘Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon’ to alert motorists to people crossing 24th Avenue NW. Push buttons will be placed both on the sidewalk and next to the curb so people walking and biking can both easily activate the beacon. This solution will improve safety for people using the greenway while not limiting access to the large apartment complex.
However, news is not all bad for the second version of the project. The city is now planning to install a traffic signal at 8th Ave NW.
More details on the project from SDOT: