The Seattle Department of Transportation confirms our report from last week that plans to change Nickerson Street are being reevaluated. Here is the official word in a message from project manager Eric M. Widstrand:
“Thank you for your interest in the Nickerson Street rechannelization project. This project is currently on hold as we evaluate how Nickerson Street would interact with the roadway network, via a systems approach, taking into account the north portal of the bored tunnel. We are coordinating with the Alaskan Way Viaduct project team to make sure that the overall mobility of the north end is taken into consideration before making a decision about Nickerson Street.
Our comment period is open until April 10th to give people time to comment about the project. Once we have received all comments we will send out a response to questions received. For more updates or to see a copy of the plans, please visit our website at: www.seattle.gov/transportation/nickerson.htm
The city backed off after numerous concerns were voiced by residents. The city originally proposed changing Nickerson from two lanes to one lane in each direction and adding bike lines.
Here is what Nickerson looks like now:
And here are the changes the city proposed:
We will continue to monitor and let you know if and when any decisions are made.