Redesigning Alaskan Way is an incredible opportunity to create a people-centered downtown waterfront. With the viaduct out of the way, the city and state have a relatively blank slate to create a new street that makes it easy an comfortable to access Elliott Bay.
The best way to squander this opportunity: Make Alaskan Way a new highway.
Waterfront Seattle is holding an update meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at the Washington State Convention Center to give folks a look at updated road design and transit plans (sorry for the late notice).
Safe, comfortable and convenient walking and biking access along AND across the new boulevard needs to be the top priority for the Alaskan Way redesign project. For a project that is so far a huge black eye for walking, biking and transit, there really is no room for more compromise on this point (if a $2 billion car tunnel is not enough compromise for you, then I don’t really know what to say).
Details from SDOT:
The City of Seattle invites the community to join us for an interactive update on Alaskan Way design and options for waterfront transit.
In July 2012, building on more than two years of community engagement, Waterfront Seattle shared the concept design with the community. This vision includes a new urban street to accommodate all modes of travel and provide an important connection in the city’s transportation system. (Learn more at www.waterfrontseattle.org.)
On June 26, the design team will provide an update on the new Alaskan Way, including street design and local waterfront transit options for community feedback:
Street and Transit Update
Wednesday, June 26, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Washington State Convention Center
Room 6E, 800 Convention Place, Seattle
Waterfront Seattle is a partnership between the City of Seattle and the entire community to create a dynamic new public waterfront, covering 26 blocks between Pioneer Square and the Olympic sculpture Park. The project is led by the Seattle Departments of Transportation, Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Central Waterfront Committee.
5:30 pm – Doors open
5:45 pm – Presentation on street design and local waterfront transit options
6:15 pm – Discussion tables and feedback stations to share your ideas
7:30 pm – Event ends