TOWARD A CONNECTED

An urban design review of Seattle’s SR-520 Replacement project

MONTLAKE LID
Walking on Montlake Blvd Bicycling on Montlake Blvd 1 2 7 Connect Lid to East Montlake Park

Improve Regional Path Underpass

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6

Rethink East Montlake Lid 3 Unsafe Underbridge Area

Unsafe Underbridge Area

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Build Portage Bay Bridge Trail

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10 8 Connect to Neighborhood Greenways

Using drawings from WSDOT’s 2012 Community Design Process, this document highlights failures and opportunities to connect the Montlake Lid with neighborhoods, parks, light rail and UW.

TOWARD A CONNECTED MONTLAKE LID

-- 1 -- WALKING ON MONTLAKE BLVD
Westside Lanes to Cross: Eastside Lanes to Cross: Vehicular Capacity Increase:

Westside Lanes to Cross:

6

Eastside Lanes to Cross:

5

7

8

50%

1 Lane
X-Walk

2 Lane
X-Walk

The pedestrian environment of Montlake Blvd is already poor. Bigger intersections, more lanes to cross & increased traffic will make walking even more difficult. Encourage walking by providing safe, direct & trafficseparated routes

1 Lane
X-Walk

2 Lane 2 Lane
X-Walk X-Walk

1 Lane
X-Walk

4 Lane
X-Walk

4 Lane
X-Walk

4 Lane
X-Walk

5 Lane
X-Walk

EXISTING MONTLAKE BLVD

PROPOSED MONTLAKE BLVD

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-- 2 -- BICYCLING ON MONTLAKE BLVD
Larger intersections create more conflicts for bicycles in traffic. Consider cycle tracks or other traffic-separated routes for bicycles

Mixing pedestrians & bicycles on sidewalks creates conflicts.

Vehicular Capacity Increase:

50%

Additional Intersection

HOV Lanes create conflicts between bikes & buses

9 Lane Blvd 6 Lane Blvd
Expanded Intersection Traffic Signal

EXISTING MONTLAKE BLVD

PROPOSED MONTLAKE BLVD

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-- 3 -- EAST MONTLAKE UNDERBRIDGE AREA

Underbridge areas are low, dark & potentially dangerous

Use lids to make safe, direct and above-bridge trail connections

280 Feet

10 Feet

65 Feet

Day

Existing East Shoreline (No Underbridge Access)

Proposed East Shoreline with Underbridge Trail

Evening

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-- 4 -- WEST MONTLAKE UNDERBRDGE AREA
Use lids to make safe, direct and above-bridge trail connections

Underbridge areas are low, dark & potentially dangerous

85 Feet

170 Feet

Existing Bill Dawson Trail

Proposed Bill Dawson Trail

Day

Evening

Evening

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-- 5 -- RETHINK REGIONAL PATH UNDERPASS
Fast moving bikes will conflict with pedestrians Bicycles U-turn across traffic Blind stair landing next to tunnel entrance.

Narrow tunnel will feel unsafe after dark.

Widen tunnel to create separate paths for bikes & pedestrians. Consider overpass option to increase safety

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-- 6 -- RETHINK EAST MONTLAKE LID

Poor connection: Pedestrians and bicyclists must cross ramp traffic.

Connect lid to stormwater park (see next page).

Consider ways to naturally ventilate tunnel & remove O&M facility.

Traffic lanes discourage access to park space.

Open space will feel isolated and unsafe.

Create multiple smaller lids for better connectivity.

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-- 7 -- CONNECT LID TO EAST MONTLAKE PARK

40’
High Wall

Connect lid to stormwater park

Out of scale Dark shadows

Reflects noise Creates barrier

Provide safe & direct connection over the freeway. Integrate stormwater pond and regional path into a sloping lid wall.

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-- 8 -- CONNECT WITH NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAYS FOR SAFE & DIRECT PASSAGE OVER 520
separated path over 520.

Greenway ends without... ... a safe, direct and traffic Existing bicycle route to become freeway access road.

Existing Lake Washington Bicycle Route

YES!

Connect with Arobretum North Entry Trail.

TOWARD A CONNECTED MONTLAKE LID

-- 9 -- BUILD A PORTAGE BAY BRIDGE REGIONAL TRAIL

SR-520 Regional Trail (under construction)

Easy climb up Capitol Hill encourages walking & biking. Connects UW, Capitol Hill & South Lake Union urban centers.

Portage Bay Bridge Trail would connect regional greenways & neighborhoods. We are not adding a bike lane to a freeway, we are adding freeway to a bike lane.

Seattle Bike Master Plan - 2012 Draft

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-- 10 -- CONNECT PORTAGE BAY BRIDGE TRAIL TO MONTLAKE BLVD

...with arduous climb up to Montlake Blvd.

Trail descends to underbridge area... Montlake Blvd northbound

Montlake Blvd southbound Connect Portage Bay Bridge Trail to... ...Montlake Playfield ...Local Streets

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