SDOT is proposing a bike trail along the west side of Beacon Hill that would connect the I-90 trail to Beacon Ave near I-5. The project will provide a nice route through the greenbelt to people riding from the east side and along the I-90 trail to Sodo. From Mike Lindblom at the Seattle Times:
If the City Council approves the project this month, construction would begin in the spring and finish late next year.
Instead of plunging directly from north Beacon Hill toward the stadiums, the route heads mostly north-south above Interstate 5, through a greenbelt known as “The Jungle” for its history of homeless encampments and drug users.
From there, riders would then take the existing overpass to cross I-5 at South Holgate Street. Not far from the bottom is a north-south Sound Transit trail.
A future trail phase is supposed to reach the stadiums, via switchbacks on the north hillside.
Of the $3.4 million price tag, $2.3 million comes from a 2000 parks levy, $980,000 comes from a federal grant and $114,000 comes from local street funds, Lindblom reports.