By Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Don’t just patch up Delridge Way SW – transform it.
That’s the idea behind a discussion that took up most of last night’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting. The reps from eastern West Seattle groups and organizations were planning for November, when Seattle City Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Tom Rasmussen, as well as representatives from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will join DNDC to discuss roadway improvements to Delridge Way.
The council was recently contacted by SDOT about “spot paving” on Delridge Way, using money from the Bridging the Gap levy. But the council feels there is an opportunity to use the money in a more constructive way, and asked for the meeting with SDOT. “We don’t want (SDOT’s work) to be piecemeal,” said district-council member Pete Spalding. “We want it to fit the long-term vision the community has for Delridge.”
This meeting was an opportunity to build on ideas already out there about possible Delridge Way improvements, such as making more pedestrian-friendly and attracting more commerce to the area. Among the ideas presented:
-Rechannel Delridge Way to include a bus-only lane
-Turn it into a boulevard with trees and wider walkways
-Create better connections with east and west roadways
-Create more visible and protected crosswalks
-Develop a transit hub under Spokane Street
Want to be part of the discussion? Mark your calendar now for the council’s November meeting – November 16th, 7 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
Also from last night’s meeting::
*The North Delridge Neighborhood Council has a number of council positions available. If you’re interested in joining, contact the NDNC (ndnc.org) before Monday, October 24.
*The city is finalizing its budget and the district council is encouraging folks to provide input before October 26th. “They tally the issues they hear about,” observed Spalding, so if there’s something you feel needs attention, this is a great opportunity to have Seattle City Councilmembers give it budget consideration. (City-budget info can be found here.)
*Another opportunity for input on city plans is to complete the city’s online Seattle Comprehensive Plan survey, which you can find here. This is the citywide version of a neighborhood plan, and because many plans are up for renewal in the next couple of years, it’s a good time to provide input for issues you feel are important to your community.