In a somewhat new twist on the never-ending Burke-Gilman Missing Link saga, a group of people who were injured crossing the railroad tracks under the Ballard Bridge have offered to pay for what they see as a fix.
From Danny Westneat at the Seattle Times:
It’s been dubbed “the most dangerous street in Seattle.”
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It’s the site, one local bicycling blog said, of a decade’s worth of “paint, spilled blood, signatures, band-aids, concussions, a ghost bike, and many, many crashes.”
Now, for the umpteenth time, some of its victims are calling for it to be fixed.
Only there’s a twist. The injured this time are so frustrated they’re offering to pay for the road work themselves.
Last week, another lawsuit was settled in the endless Ballard “missing link” bike-trail saga. Seven bicyclists, who crashed when their tires caught on odd-angle railroad tracks, were awarded a total of $755,000, mostly to pay their medical bills. (The payout is from insurance, not from taxpayers.)
So while the city’s approved and funded trail connection languishes due to appeals from some Ballard business interests, this group hired their own traffic engineer to find a solution to the crossing. They are even offering to pay the $13,680 they say it would cost the city to install a “rubberized filler system” at the crossing.
A lawyer with the city attorney’s office said the city is not sure it will work and insists that the city’s plans to extend the trial is the solution. Closing arguments in the latest appeal to the Hearing Examiner over the city’s trail plans were due June 17, and the decision is pending.
The rubberized solution the group wants to install would be different from the rubber pad that has caused many falls just a little bit down the tracks near NE 41st St. The city and the Ballard Terminal Railroad are working to fix that crossing because it can become slippery when wet.