More walking tours and a WSDOT update

Walk the Freeway: Tours on May 23 & 25

Back by popular demand, Lid I-5 invites you to experience the dreadful freeway canyon firsthand and hear the latest on the City of Seattle feasibility study. You’ll see how Seattle’s unique topography may influence lid design, and you’ll learn about our existing lid spaces at Freeway Park and the Convention Center. The tour also includes history of the freeway and nearby points of interest.

This walking tour is approximately 1.25 miles and involves staircases and moderate hillclimbs.

This event will be identical to our last walking tour in March. We are offering two options this month, and hope to see you at one of them!

Weeknight – Thursday, May 23
5:30 PM – 7:00
Meet at the corner of 7th Avenue and Marion Street
Register here

Weekend – Saturday, May 25
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Meet at the corner of 7th Avenue and Marion Street
Register here

 

GiveBIG Fundraising Results

A BIG thanks for those donors who continue to support our volunteer efforts. You came through at the citywide GiveBIG event last week. We’re humbled to share that we exceeded our goal and raised over $1,600 from 25 of our neighbors. Thank you for supporting Lid I-5. Together, we are working to build a future where Seattle is a connected, sustainable, and equitable place to live, work, and play.

WSDOT Corridor Planning Update

Last month, we made a call to action and you answered: over 40 individuals wrote their state legislators supporting proposed funding for I-5 corridor planning. Thanks for taking a moment to support Lid I-5 in a real way. We know the opportunity to lid the freeway and expand public land is closely tied to the future of the regional transportation corridor.

A draft of the I-5 Systems Parternship report – which covers the poor state of the corridor and the need for investment – was recently released, and The Urbanist has a thorough summary.

Unfortunately, the state legislature adjourned last month without providing the planning funding. We’re staying in touch with key WSDOT staff to learn about their long-term efforts. Thanks for staying engaged, and we’ll keep you updated on further developments.