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Warren Aakervik (right) discussing Missing Link alternatives with Kate Hotler and others at the meeting last Thursday.

Crowds gather at public meeting for Burke-Gilman Trail ‘Missing Link’

Seattle Department of Transportation hosted two public meetings last week to gather pubic input for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Burke-Gilman Trail Extension Project. The DEIS evaluates four routes that aim to connect the Missing Link: the gap between the intersection of N.W. 45th Street and 11th Avenue N.W. and the Ballard Locks.

The Missing Link has been the center of controversy dating back to the late 80s, but more specifically since 2003 when the City proposed connecting the link along Shilshole Avenue N.W. Community members with business interests in the freight and maritime industries appealed the resolution, their contention being that the increase of activity through the industrial sector would negatively impact business operations and potentially lead to safety issues because Shilshole Avenue N.W. is a freight route.

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