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Georgetown to South Park Connection

Updated: December 30, 2022

Creating a walking and biking connection between Georgetown and South Park

What’s happening now?

Thank you for your support of the Georgetown to South Park Connection project. We’re committed to completing these improvements for people walking, biking, and rolling and connect the two neighborhoods.

In 2021, our project was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration for construction and reached the 100% design milestone in December as scheduled.

In 2022, we began the environmental review process, which has taken longer than anticipated and shifted the construction of the project out about a year. We’re now expecting to start construction by the end of 2023 and complete construction in 2024.

The change in schedule is due to the environmental review process and studying cultural resources prior to construction. The trail will pass through native cultural sites for indigenous peoples near the Duwamish Waterway, and historic buildings in Georgetown. This necessitated the development of a cultural and archeological resource study. Although the review is out of our hands, we always support the need to understand whether any indigenous or other historic sites exist where we’re going to be working.

We’re optimistic that the review process will be done by mid-2023 and that we can begin construction by the end of the year after we go through the City’s contractor selection process.

Event photo

Photo: The Georgetown to South Park Connection Celebration (above) was one of the ways we collected input. 

Check out our email archive for the latest updates. 

Project Description

We're designing a better connection for people biking and walking between the business areas of South Park and Georgetown. The neighborhoods are adjacent to each other but it's not easy to walk and bike between the two. 

Background

We heard the need for better connections between Georgetown and South Park throughout the 2017 Georgetown Mobility Study outreach as well as through community advocacy (check out this video developed by community members). This connection is also identified as important within our Pedestrian Master Plan, Bike Master Plan, Freight Master Plan, Transit Master Plan, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Analysis.

In summer 2019, we collaborated with Duwamish Valley Safe Streets to spread the word about the project and collect input from neighbors on which route we should take to early design. Approximately 400 people participated in sharing feedback and 6 community groups wrote formal letters of support. Based on the input from the survey and community groups, our design team is moving forward with developing design on the following route (see map):

  • Georgetown Connection: A walking/biking path on Ellis Ave S, S Albro Pl, and 13th Ave S
  • E Marginal Way S Connection: A walking/biking path on the north side of E Marginal Way S
  • South Park Connection: One-way protected bike lanes on both sides of 16th Ave S leading to the South Park Bridge

See full outreach summary and results map for more details. 

Project area

The walking/biking connection between South Park and Georgetown will be on 16th Ave S (just north of the South Park Bridge), E Marginal Way, and Ellis Ave S/S Albro Pl/13th Ave S. The route will connect through the "Flume property" between the Aero Motel and Boeing campus which we're developing in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation to create a dog park and walking/biking path. See the Georgetown Flume Off-Leash Area Development webpage for more info.

Map showing walking/biking route

Click for pdf of map image above.

Community Outreach

Date Description
2017 Georgetown Mobility Study (Open house, survey, community meetings, Advisory Committee)
July 2018 Community workshop
May 30, 2019 Table with info at Mayor Community Discussion in South Park
June 7, 2019 Table with info and surveys at Concord Elementary Carnival 
June 11, 2019 Discussion and surveys at South Park Neighborhood Association meeting 
June 12, 2019 Table with info and surveys at Seattle City Light Street Vacation Meeting - Georgetown
June 17, 2019 Discussion and surveys at Georgetown Community Council meeting
June 20, 2019 Table with info and surveys at Home Zones BBQ in South Park
July 9, 2019 Discussion and surveys at Georgetown Merchants Association meeting
July 21, 2019 Table with info and surveys at Duwamish Valley Partnership Open House
July 27, 2019 Georgetown to South Park Connection celebration - 11 AM-2 PM at the South Park Plaza
April 15, 2021 Presentation to Seattle Design Commission (30% design)
June 2, 2021 Presentation to Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
August 19, 2021 Presentation to Seattle Design Commission (60% design)
Ongoing Email updates (see email archive )

Funding

In 2018, Seattle City Council approved $600,000 in the City budget for the outreach, planning, and early design of this project. in 2020, Seattle City Council approved $5.2 million for final design and construction. The project also received $1.5 million from the Federal Highway Administration in 2021 for construction.

Materials

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Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623
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