West Seattle city-budget bits: More sidewalks proposed for $

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You’ve probably heard that Mayor McGinn went public on Monday with his city-budget proposal for next year. Now, it’s in the hands of the City Council for reviews, tweaks, additions, subtractions, etc. Not everything in it that would affect West Seattle specifically MENTIONS West Seattle – but we’re going through it right now and looking for specifics, and will publish “budget bits” notes here and there as we find them. For starters, from the proposed transportation budget:

In 2015, SDOT will use $1,450,000 of REET II funds to build sidewalks at the following locations:

• 35th Avenue Southwest between Southwest 104th Street and Southwest 106th Street to complete the sidewalk network on 35th between Southwest Roxbury Street and Southwest 106th Street;

• 21st Avenue Southwest between Southwest Dawson Street and 22nd Avenue Southwest to provide a connection between two non-arterial segments of the proposed 21st Avenue Southwest neighborhood greenway; and,

• Southwest Barton Street/Place and 24th Avenue Southwest to improve access to a transit center and shopping at Westwood Village.

The funding source, REET, stands for real-estate excise tax. More budget bits as we find them! And if you’d like to say something about this or anything else in the budget – or that you think SHOULD BE in the budget – two public hearings are coming up October 3rd and 24th; details on the council’s budget-process home page. They’re also taking e-mail feedback at council@seattle.gov.

6 Replies to "West Seattle city-budget bits: More sidewalks proposed for $"

  • Amanda September 24, 2013 (10:18 am)

    fantastic news about 35th and about Barton Pl – wish the’d extend it all the way up to 20th though….

  • sam-c September 24, 2013 (11:48 am)


    exciting news about 21st- I assume it’s on the east side? only wish the sidewalk could be extended to Myrtle… a designated “walking route” to Sanislo.

  • wetone September 24, 2013 (11:54 am)

    Amazing what happens on an election year.

  • Perplexed September 24, 2013 (12:02 pm)

    Perplexed by the second project listed. The section of 21st referenced is from Dawson north to 22nd which already has a sidewalk on the west side, albeit it is a rather crude asphalt sidewalk/curb combo. On the other hand, the ENTIRE length of 21st from Dawson, all the way south to Myrtle has no sidewalk and horrible drainage conditions and has nothing slated for it in this project and budget proposal. What gives? Is this yet another bike ‘greenway’ taking precedent over sidewalks and drainage that is not helpful for the people who live on or near 21st and just want to take a stroll down the street? The same exact thing is happening on 26th. There are no sidewalks and all kinds of drainage problems, but another bike ‘greenway’ with corresponding expense is going in and from what I understand none of the real needs are being addressed.

  • Gawdger September 24, 2013 (12:08 pm)

    Slightly confused. They never completed the sidewalk on 35th up to 104th. I believe they stopped at 100th SW. How does completing the work between 104th and 106th connect all the way to Roxbury?

    • WSB September 24, 2013 (12:23 pm)

      Another project in the works, I believe.

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