Highland Terrace: the city wants your input on trees - deadline Dec 27

Saturday, December 21, 2019

130 trees would be cut to construct 12 feet of
sidewalk and amenity zone along Dayton

Text and photos by Jamie Holter

The Washington State Department of Transportation is doing a major remodel of the regional headquarters at N 160th Street and Dayton Ave N to make room for new co-workspace partners, the Department of Ecology staff and equipment.

WSDOT building looms behind
Central Market
If you can’t picture the building, it’s the mammoth 1970’s structure above Sears and Central Market.

The work triggered mandatory street improvements adjacent to the property including:

Along Dayton Ave N

  • Street pavement widening for on-street parking and bus stops
  • New curbs/gutters 
  • 5-foot-wide amenity zone (typically a landscaping strip containing various utilities, mailboxes, etc.)
  • 8-foot-wide sidewalk

N 155th
The code requires an 8 foot sidewalk
and 5 foot amenity zone
Along N 155th St

  • Street pavement widening for vehicles
  • New curbs/gutters
  • 5-foot-wide amenity zone
  • 8-foot-wide sidewalk

Along N 160th St

  • New curbs/gutters 
  • 5-foot-wide amenity zone
  • 8-foot-wide sidewalk

To do this work, an estimated 130 of the nearly 400 or so trees will be removed.

Currently the city and WSDOT are in talks to reduce that number. This could include reducing pavement widths or relocating sidewalks to avoid critical root systems.

WSDOT Project Managers are also concerned that removing select critical trees with complex root systems could result in the unintended die off of many others.

The city recognizes that some slopes need root systems to stabilize the hillside.

The city is currently taking comment on this project, including the trees, through December 27, 2019. 

Contact the city’s project manager, Caleb Miller, at cmiller@shorelinewa.gov.

You can also send written comments via standard mail to:

City of Shoreline
Attn: Caleb Miller
17500 Midvale Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133


Anonymous,  December 22, 2019 at 2:05 PM  

The irony here is that the Department of ECOLOGY moves in and 130 trees have to be removed . . .

Anonymous,  December 24, 2019 at 8:56 AM  

This proposal to remove 30%+ of our trees is unacceptable. Our city used to be known as green. Now we are just gray concrete and steel. What about our birds and other wildlife? Where are they supposed to go?

Anonymous,  December 24, 2019 at 3:07 PM  

I think that the trees need to stay. It is unacceptable that we need to remove such a large amount of trees and not think to make. Space/replant any more trees. Our city should be known for its trees not concrete.

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