Sidewalk going in along Hamlin Park on 15th

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Existing footpath - not a very safe place for pedestrians to walk
Photo by Patricia Hale

Drivers commuting on 15th NE may not have even realized that it was possible to walk on the east side of the road, along deeply wooded Hamlin Park.

First step is to locate and clean off the existing curb.
Notice how close the path is to the curb.
Photo by Patricia Hale

Ridgecrest resident Patty Hale has.

"There is a narrow footpath. I have walked the path - it is scary at best, even when there are no cars.  The footing is uneven - you feel like you are going to fall at any time - right into the street.  What is even more frightening, is the suction created by moving traffic.

"I can't even imagine what it would be like with a child in tow. Looking forward to the completion!"

Width of the new sidewalk allows a better walking surface
and gets pedestrians further away from traffic.
Photo by Patricia Hale

The sidewalk is going in on the east side of 15th between NE 160th and NE 165th. The project began at the end of December and is expected to be complete by the end of February.

Here is a peek of a finished section.
Plastic protects the concrete as it cures.
Photo by Patricia Hale


Anonymous,  January 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM  

How many trees have been removed to put in this stretch of sidewalk?
How many are put at risk by this sidewalk project?
How many and where are the trees being planted to replace them?
Since these are "public trees" how does this tree removal fit in with the non-existent Tree Board policies on replacement?

DKH January 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM  

So far I have seen only two tree stumps and they are back from the road. I believe they were trees that broke in one of our recent windstorms.

Anonymous,  January 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM  

There are newly cut trees and I don't recall any SEPA notice from the city - which is par for the course.

There is (or will be) a cut earthen bank, Fircrest uses rip rap rock to stabilize the bank but I don't see the city making any provision to do the same.

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