Followup: ‘Fauntleroy Green Boulevard’ budget amount to be downshifted

November 18, 2013 at 9:56 am | In Transportation, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 8 Comments


9:56 AM: Right after this morning’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition media briefing – full coverage on that is coming up – we spoke with City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen about his proposal to add money to the design budget for the “Fauntleroy Way Green Boulevard” project. As we first reported a week and a half ago, he proposed shifting $1.8 million to the project to finish design next year – it’s a plan that’s been more than a decade in the making.

More than $1 million was to come from sidewalk work that SDOT couldn’t start until 2015 anyway, and half a million was to be diverted from design work for a Northgate pedestrian project related to light-rail service that is still almost a decade away. Advocacy groups including Feet First pointed out that while the service is far away, the project involving an overpass needs to be designed ASAP or else some other parts of the project might be in jeopardy. So this morning, in response to our followup question, Councilmember Rasmussen said he plans to propose leaving the $500,000 in the Northgate budget, and downshifting the Fauntleroy request to $1.3 million, and that he is hopeful his fellow councilmembers will support that. Above is the latest version of the Fauntleroy proposal (click it to see the full-size PDF with details including 2 traffic lanes each way and a “cycle track”); SDOT told us earlier this month that they’ll be seeking community comments early next year – the last community meeting about the “Green Boulevard” was in 2012.

3:10 PM UPDATE: The sheaf of budget-amending “green sheets” attached to this afternoon’s Council agenda does indeed include a revised version for this project, with the $1.3 million we reported earlier.

8 Comments

  1. It looks pretty.
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    I wonder how Trader Joe’s feels about the city erasing the truck loading zone. I would guess that TJ worked with the city in making sure that they had that space for trucks.
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    Other businesses loose access as well, but probably gain in land value, and maybe what is there (dry cleaning, coffee,…) would be changing over the next few years anyway. But the TJ is new, and didn’t some city department approve their loading zone?

    Comment by Lura Ercolano — 1:43 pm November 18, 2013 #

  2. What purpose does a 3 block cycle track serve? Maybe a cycle track from Lincoln Park to the WS Bridge, but just 3 blocks in the middle is a waste of money…

    Comment by WSbikecommuter — 2:55 pm November 18, 2013 #

  3. well, I suppose you can’t make everyone happy. They didn’t actually have to put any bicycle track in. This track is in the busiest traffic area, and will be a boon for cyclists to be away from the busy traffic there.

    Comment by JanS — 3:07 pm November 18, 2013 #

  4. Any biker with an ounce of self-preservation instinct takes the side streets between Alaska and Avalon. It works OK. I’d rather the money be spent elsewhere.

    Comment by Look Ma, no hands — 5:13 pm November 18, 2013 #

  5. Who’s going to maintain this, or is going to look like the weed infested median they put on Harbor ave.

    Comment by Fire Ball — 7:05 pm November 18, 2013 #

  6. As a biker I don’t use this section of Fauntleroy going to and from downtown, but those coming from SW Oregon Street do. They will welcome the cycle track. I come from the ferry boat and I turn east on Alaska and then turn left in front of the YMCA, avoiding Fauntleroy.

    Comment by Cowpie — 11:58 am November 19, 2013 #

  7. wow- yeah, that is interesting about the TJ’s loading area. is that their only loading area?
    we sometimes park in the allowable parking area there too. that’s not a big deal, but if that’s TJ’s only loading area …. sounds messy.

    Comment by sam-c — 1:38 pm November 19, 2013 #

  8. My question would be did the citizens of west seattle petition the city to do this work? Or did the city just decide we in ws need to have this. I don,t get it.

    Comment by boy — 4:32 pm November 19, 2013 #

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