LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Board Representatives Present: Kathleen Braden (List Serve) and Ken Thompson (Liaison to North Precinct).
Visitors: Emily Neff (EnviroIssues, doing public outreach for SDOT), Bruce Kieser (Facilities and Plant Operations Director for North Seattle Community College), Jean Wirch, W.P. Stacy Branum, and Aaron Dooley.
Vice President Jerry Owens called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
We had introductions around the table. Visitors were warmly welcomed.
North Seattle Community College
Bruce told us that beginning July 1st he will be going to one-half time!
Enrollment is holding steady, but the College will be cutting programs and will lose students because of that.
Jerry first gave the floor to Emily Neff, with EnviroIssues (a company that does public outreach for SDOT), who spoke to us about the project planned for North/Northwest 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. The project began in the spring of 2011, and will be completed in the fall of 2012. Right now they are in the final design and public involvement phase. Early utility work will begin in late summer and SDOT will hold an open house in September to share information with the public and final design construction schedule and phasing, detour and traffic control plans, and what to expect during construction.
There will be disruptions with this project. SDOT is considering changes in traffic patterns and what upgrades, if any, are needed on the streets that will most likely take on the traffic that formerly used 85th Street, but now are avoiding it during this project.
There will be the following benefits from the project: new concrete pavement in the most heavily travelled areas (i.e., bus lanes); new and upgraded curb ramps to meet current accessibility standards; bus stop improvements; sidewalk repair and replace-ment in some areas; storm water facilities; new underground drainage infrastructure; bicycle sharrows on N.W. 85th Street between 15th Avenue N.W. and Greenwood Avenue N.
Discussion followed. Tom said that, as a bicycle rider, he would never ride on N.W. 85th Street. He didn’t feel it was safe, even with bicycle sharrows, and he was sure other bicycle rides felt the same.
The difference between concrete and asphalt on streets was questioned. Emily Neff told us that a concrete roadway lasts from 50 to 75 years, while an asphalt roadway lasts 25 to 35 years.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.