2nd Meeting On Madrona Trees and Sidewalks With SDOT Tonight

SDOT Madrona

The second community meeting addressing the Seattle Department of Transportation’s “Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Management Plan” for the Madrona corridor will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight, April 29, at the Madrona K-8 School library.

According to SDOT, the plan will use input from the SvR Design Company to assess how to best maintain accessible sidewalks while preserving trees and expanding our urban forest. Tonight’s meeting agenda will review what was covered in the initial meeting regarding the tree and sidewalk assessment process along 34th Avenue; and will then center around what specific solutions can be used to address the conflicts between the trees and the sidewalk infrastructure on 34th between Union and Cherry streets.

Spread the word about tonight’s meeting to ensure SDOT has as much input from Madrona community members as possible! Any questions or comments, please contact Jennifer Wieland at jennifer.wieland@seattle.gov.

Madrona Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Plan Update

SDOT Madrona

Photo Courtesy of SDOT

At the most recent Madrona Community Council meeting, attendees received a project update on the Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Management Plan. We’ve blogged about these issues with the sidewalks in the past, and this Management Plans is working to create safe accessible sidewalks, while also protecting and conserving the urban trees in the neighborhood. Updates to the plan include objectives such as repairing tree-damaged sidewalks with sustainable solutions like building the sidewalk around the tree roots while paving a slightly narrower safe sidewalk for pedestrian use. Other updates include retaining healthy mature sited trees when possible, exploring and implementing innovative sidewalk repair approaches and evaluating sidewalk repair approaches across an array of criteria including life-cycle and community costs and benefits.

They will be looking at case studies and working towards long term solutions for these issues while developing a final operational plan. A final solution is predicted to be reached by July 2014, if you’d like more information about this project visit the SDOT website, or contact Jennifer Wieland at 206-733-9970, or email her at jennifer.wieland@seattle.gov.