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City: Burke-Gilman Missing Link Has "No Significant Environmental Impact"

By Erica C. Barnett February 10, 2011

The Seattle Department of Transportation has completed an environmental review required by a King County Superior Court judge last year as a condition of completing the "Missing Link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail, potentially allowing trail construction to move forward. The court required the city to review the environmental impact of a portion of the proposed trail completion between 17th Ave. NW and NW Vernon Place after Ballard businesses sued the city under SEPA, the State Environmental Policy Act.

According to SDOT's "determination of non-significance," the trail completion "will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment." It will be eight to 12 feet wide and include landscaping, stormwater drainage controls, driveway improvements, street lighting, and traffic signals. About 230 free parking spaces will be lost along the route.

Eugene Wasserman, head of the group that sued the city to stop the trail's completion and president of the North Seattle Industrial Association, did not immediately return an email asking whether the group plans to appeal the city's conclusions. They have until March 3 to do so.
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