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Magnolia Bridge 1:1 Replacement – Letter to SDOT and Elected Officials

The Magnolia Community Council submitted a letter to the Seattle Department of Transportation and elected officials on behalf of the neighborhood encouraging cooperation to continue strategizing a regional solution for a 1:1 replacement of the Magnolia Bridge, as the City considers budget decisions.

A copy of the letter sent by the Magnolia Community Council is available HERE.

Magnolia Bridge Replacement Progress – Your Action is needed NOW for the Seattle Budget

This update is an effort to crystalize ongoing behind the scenes multi-agency efforts to support a 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement, and identify immediate action you need to take to continue the progress. 

Progress, next steps, and immediate action needed from YOU
Dear Neighbors,
Our community’s unified message about a 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement has been heard; it has led a series of high level meetings including our 36th District legislative delegation, the Port of Seattle, our King County Councilmember’s staff, Sound Transit, Metro, and the City, all coordinated and led by our District 7 Councilmember, Sally Bagshaw.

In a nutshell, multiple governmental agencies, elected officials and decision makers are cooperating to strategize a regional solution to replacing our bridge. The 1:1 Magnolia Bridge Replacement can happen if it is part of a regional transportation corridor that involves freight mobility, Port operations, emergency response, ST3, and Metro.

There are a lot of moving parts to this effort, and with that, potential for regional funding in the upcoming state biennial budgets. All of that hinges on the City earmarking some funds and/or grant opportunity for the Magnolia Bridge to be part of an arterial system. If such a placeholder appears in the City budget, that will give our State delegation a two year window to prepare a comprehensive budget and plan to start replacing Magnolia Bridge.

At the moment, there is no allocation for the Magnolia Bridge replacement in the Mayor’s SDOT budget. LET’S CHANGE THAT!



We need to encourage City Council and the Mayor to make sure the budget reflects good-faith effort of near-term planning to replace the bridge. This will enable our wonderful 36th District delegation to pursue funds in next session’s state budget. 



The time to comment on including ongoing funding of the Magnolia Bridge replacement in the City budget is NOW.



Your comment can be as simple as, “I’d like the budget to reflect an investment in the 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement as part of a regional transportation corridor for freight, Port operations, emergency response, and transit.” 


Here are several ways to have your voice heard. We have been assured that emailed, written, or in-person comments are given equal weight.

Get your comments in by October 23rd:
* Click here to email your comments to the City Council Budget Hearing Your own words and reasons are most effective.

* Click here to download the Written Comments form You can email a scanned copy of the form to Council@seattle.gov, please copy Emilia.sanchez@seattle.gov. Make sure to use the subject line “Budget Public Hearing 10/23, Written Comment”.

* Attend the Budget Public Hearing on October 23rd. Click here for details. Details about the meeting, which starts at 5:30pm, are on the agenda. Sign-in for speaking begins at 4:30pm, and you will have 2 minutes to speak.

As long as you’re in action mode, forward this email to your neighbors. Click here to send an email to MagnoliaBridgeSeattle letting us know that you’ve added your comments, or will attend the October 23rd Public Hearing on the budget. Then take an extra minute and click on any or all of the highlighted names to thank them for their collaborative work so far, and to encourage them to continue their efforts to include the 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement as part of a regional transportation corridor.

Clicking on their name will take you directly to an email: CM Sally BagshawMayor DurkanSenator Reuven CarlyleRep. Gael TarletonRep. Noel Frame, CM Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck.

Sound Transit – Project Update: West Seattle/Ballard

Project update: West Seattle/Ballard

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Project update: January 19, 2018

West Seattle and Ballard hero image featuring a man, woman and young adult male.

Apply to be a community representative by Jan. 22!

Be the voice of your community. We’re recruiting approximately 5–7 individuals to be part of a Stakeholder Advisory Group and to serve as representatives of their communities. This group will work together to help refine project alternatives such as route, station locations, etc. for further study in our environmental review phase.

Don’t forget, the deadline for submitting your application is 5 p.m. on Jan. 22. So, don’t wait. Visit soundtransit.org/wsblink to learn more and complete the short application. Representatives will be selected later this month and the first meeting will take place on Feb. 8.

We want you


Save these dates! Open houses in February

Sound Transit is holding project kickoff open houses in Ballard, Downtown Seattle and West Seattle to introduce you to the project team, share information, answer your questions, and get your input on the project. Help shape the future of your community.

West Seattle: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Alki Masonic Center

Ballard: Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Leif Erikson Lodge

Downtown: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Union Station

Can’t join us in-person? Our online open house goes live on Feb. 12: wsblink.participate.online.

Mark your calendar


Stay connected

Watch for future project updates. Forward this to your friends, family, neighbors, and people in your community! Encourage them to subscribe.

Request a briefing. If you are part of a business or community organization that would like to host a briefing, get in touch.

Reach out

More project info: soundtransit.org/wsblink
Get in touch: wsblink@soundtransit.org or 206-903-7229
New to Sound Transit? Learn more.

Looking for Volunteers to be on our Transportation Committee!

Magnolia Community Council is establishing a Transportation Committee which will monitor and advocate about transportation issues that affect Magnolia.  This would include items such as roads, bridges, traffic, transit, freight mobility, pedestrian safety.  We are looking for community members who are interested in serving on this committee  Please email  president@magnoliacommunitycouncil.org for more information.  Thanks – looking forward to hearing from you.

General Meeting – May 9th

Join us for our next neighborhood General Meeting.
All are welcome to attend and door prizes will be awarded!

Rezoning of property along 15th Ave. W.??

The City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development is considering changes to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the Land Use Code.

Come hear a presentation by:
Patrice Carroll, Senior Planner, DPD

This is your chance to learn about the options being proposed and voice your opinion. Questions which will be raised include:

  • Should there be more industry, multi-family housing, commercial or retail?
  • Can congestion on Dravus be alleviated?
  • Is shrinking existing industrial zones shortsighted?
  • Can existing businesses thrive as this corridor grows?
  • Is multi-family housing next to the rail line a good option?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Catharine Blaine School – Cafeteria
2550 34th Ave. West
(Next to the Magnolia Community Center)

General Meeting – January 10, 2013

Coal Trains: Yes or No?

Proponents and Opponents will provide answers:

  • Environmental impacts
  • Routing of coal trains from the Columbia river to Bellingham
  • Traffic impacts at rain crossings
  • Impacts on Magnolia, Queen Anne and Interbay

Come to our General meeting to find out more!

Thursday January 10, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Catharine Blaine School – Cafeteria
2550 34th Ave West

FAA proposes flight approach changes

This week, the FAA is holding two meetings to present its current thinking for new fuel efficient noise reducing approaches to SeaTac airport and Boeing Field.

The first meeting will be held this Wednesday, September 5th from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Federal Way Library.

There will also be a meeting closer to Magnolia which will be held at the Ballard Library Thursday September 6th from 6:00 to 7:30.

This is the first public meeting on the topic and a great chance to voice your opinion on the proposed changed.

You can also read more about it in the Seattle Times article by clicking here.