Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households and Businesses in
November 9, 2003
Mayor Greg Nickels
Councilmember Richard Conlin, Chair
City Council Transportation Committee
Members of the
RE: SR 520 Study Committee
Nickels, Transportation Chair Conlin and Members of the
The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees urges you to designate representatives north of the Ship Canal Bridge to serve on the SR 520 Arterial and Street Impact Study Committee as a condition of the $250,000 City match to the $250,000 appropriated in the state 2003-2005 biennium transportation budget for the study.
The purpose of the funding, as
specified in the state budget, is to undertake “an analysis of the impacts than
an expansion of the SR 520 Evergreen floating bridge will have on the streets
of North Capitol Hill,
We are not asking that the scope of the study be changed as that would require further action by the Legislature. What we are asking is that representatives north of the Canal be included on the committee as part of the City’s contribution to the study.
Since 1997, our communities have
all worked together on the TransLake Washington Study Committee, the TransLake
Washington Project and now the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project, as
well as on other transportation issues affecting northeast
Although communities north of the Canal are not specifically a part of the study area, we are impacted and have a great deal of expertise and familiarity with the issues that will be addressed, SR 520 on and off-ramps, the streets targeted for study, and traffic patterns north of the canal that affect streets south of the Canal. For these reasons, we believe that at least two representatives north of the Canal would be an asset to the committee.
Community members south of the Canal who are a part of the committee and have told us that we are welcome to attend the committee meetings. It’s not the same, however, if communities north of the Canal do not have an official role. We want our views to count and to continue working in a positive manner with our neighbors to the south as we have for so many years on transportation and other issues.
We believe that the SR 520 Arterial and Street Impact Study Committee should have broader representation to ensure that key issues will be addressed and to involve all impacted communities. We urge you to designate at least two representatives north of the Canal to serve on the Committee as a condition of the City’s $250,000 contribution to the study effort.
Jeannie Hale, President
206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631
cc: Maureen J. Sullivan, WSDOT; Senator Pat Thibaudeau, Senator Ken Jacobsen, Representatives Ed Murray, Frank Chopp, Phyllis Kenney and Jim McIntire; Tim Ceis