UPDATE: See below for live-tweeting of the day in court by Cascade Bicycle Club.
The Missing Link is funded and designed. All it needs is the legal nod and work can begin.
But opponents to the project have vowed to fight this expensive legal battle to the bitter end. If the King County Superior Court does approve the plans and the appellants don’t come to their senses and end this painful, grueling fight, they do have a couple appeal options left on the table. But the number of those options remaining is dwindling as the plan moves through the glacial legal system.
In the meantime, people keep getting hurt:
As we continue down the legal path, the plot hasn’t dramatically changed. We continue to believe that the trail section is a necessary safety improvement and connects up the backbone of our regional trail system. The Ballard Business Appellants keep arguing that a trail would case significant traffic delays, parking loss, incompatibility with land use and wouldn’t be safe.
The quick synopsis. The City went back to study the route yet again a few hearings ago (due to concerns of “piece mealing” the analysis) and still determined that the trail would not cause significant environmental impacts. Then on July 1 of this year, the Hearing Examiner (think of her like a judge) ruled that there will be no “probable significant adverse environmental impacts.” The Ballard Business Appellants then appealed the Hearing Examiner’s ruling, which brings us to Superior Court tomorrow. If we win yet again, the Ballard Business Appellants could appeal the forthcoming decision from Superior Court to the Court of Appeals or to the State Supreme Court.
Again, we hope this is the last time we have to win so we can get on with it. As I’ve mentioned before, the City has been “eager to begin construction on a fully funded and fully designed ‘missing link’ segment,” according to SDOT.
We’ve got our eyes on the 2012 summer construction season. It’d be a great time to celebrate. We love ribbon cuttings.