The King County Journal reports today that a group of citizens calling themselves the "Ad hoc group for a workable 520" have formed a set of complaints that may become another setback in the plans to expand the 520 bridge:
"The (DOT) alternatives being considered … are unacceptable for the Seattle environment," said Ted Lane, who lives in Seattle's Roanoke Park neighborhood.
He and five others calling themselves the "ad hoc group for a workable 520" plan to air their objections at a news conference this morning.
Group members declined to specify their complaints in interviews Monday, drawing quick criticism — from the Seattle side, no less.
The group met earlier today to make statements and a press release, which is not yet online. A portion of it reads:
The group said that SR-520 needs to be designed in a way that improves people's ability to get where they want, reduces the noise and pollution from current levels, and preserves critical and heavily-used open spaces. "Good design is possible; the current designs are dreadful" said Russ Amick of the Laurelhurst neighborhood.
"We are asking that Mayor Nickels value community businesses and residents as much as he values those downtown" said Maurice Cooper, Chair of the Madison Park Community Council. "He is promoting a tunnel downtown for two reasons: to reduce excessive noise, environmental damage, and traffic; and to avoid the very wide structure that today's federal highway standards mandate. These are also central problems for Seattle's 520 corridor, and they deserve equally good solutions. After all, many thousands of Seattle's residents live near the 520 corridor."