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March 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Modern design and retro touches on the new 520 floating bridge

Is it needed?

Are you kidding me? That was my reaction to WSDOT’s photo that marred the front page of The Seattle Times. [“Modern design, retro touches: Here comes the new 520 bridge,” March 29.]

So much concrete, so much shading of the lake — imagine what it would look like built! A bike-pedestrian viewpoint ... are you kidding me? What biker will get off to look ... and how many walkers will there be anyway?

And is it even needed? Traffic is so reduced on 520 since tolling began that surely a four-lane option is sufficient. Then there might be money to actually finish the project all the way to I-5 instead of having the proposed behemoth dump traffic into an already overloaded I-5.

— Kathy Smith-DiJulio, Seattle

Group protests ‘self-aggrandizing’ design

The article in The Seattle Times presents the new 520 design as inevitable. The only source for the article appears to be a press release written by WSDOT.

As you know, the Coalition for a Sustainable SR 520 has filed a federal lawsuit, and the hearing on this lawsuit is scheduled for July 10 in a federal court and Judge Ricardo Martinez. If the judge so decrees, construction on the bridge will be stopped.

The communities affected have strong objections to the “sentinel” features on the bridge. We want to look at nature, at the mountains and lake, rather than at lurid lighting on slabs of concrete. We have stated this preservation of the area’s natural glory as one of our primary objectives all along, and it would be difficult to design a bridge that is less related to its surroundings, or more self-aggrandizing, than the one proposed.

— Jean Amick, Seattle

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