Town Center: Utility & Woonerf project - Academy St. Bike Lanes

The Academy Street Bicycle Lanes project will develop an east-west bicycle corridor extending east from the Sumner Sound Transit Station to Wood Avenue. Improvements will be within existing right-of-way. Funding for this project is being provided by Sound Transit through their ST3 System Access Fund.

Project Elements:

New Marked Bike Lanes: The improvements will provide a striped bike lane in each direction and reconfigure the roadway to account for the new lanes. The design will incorporate curb extensions (bulb-outs) at intersections as well as curb ramp replacements to meet current ADA standards. A number of storm drains will be replaced to account for changes to the curb and gutter. The design will coordinate proposed improvements with the locations of power poles, protect existing trees where possible, add a significant amount of new street trees (we hope to add around 30 new trees), and coordinate with existing driveways.

Parking Challenges: To make room for the bicycle lanes, on-street parking will be reduced from both sides of Academy Street to one side of Academy Street (net loss of around 50 parking spots). The proposed parking shifts back and forth from the north side to the south side, creating a slight curviness to the roadway. We know it's difficult to park and commute from Sumner. Sound Transit is still planning to complete their 500-stall parking garage and the project is almost ready to advertise (Project Link: https://www.soundtransit.org/system-expansion/sumner-station-parking-access-improvements), but the project is now being delayed due to the budget effects of COVID. We hope that Sound Transit will move forward on the garage in the next 6-12 months. However, we fully anticipate this project to be completed before the garage breaks ground.

The Academy Street Bicycle Lanes project will develop an east-west bicycle corridor extending east from the Sumner Sound Transit Station to Wood Avenue. Improvements will be within existing right-of-way. Funding for this project is being provided by Sound Transit through their ST3 System Access Fund.

Project Elements:

New Marked Bike Lanes: The improvements will provide a striped bike lane in each direction and reconfigure the roadway to account for the new lanes. The design will incorporate curb extensions (bulb-outs) at intersections as well as curb ramp replacements to meet current ADA standards. A number of storm drains will be replaced to account for changes to the curb and gutter. The design will coordinate proposed improvements with the locations of power poles, protect existing trees where possible, add a significant amount of new street trees (we hope to add around 30 new trees), and coordinate with existing driveways.

Parking Challenges: To make room for the bicycle lanes, on-street parking will be reduced from both sides of Academy Street to one side of Academy Street (net loss of around 50 parking spots). The proposed parking shifts back and forth from the north side to the south side, creating a slight curviness to the roadway. We know it's difficult to park and commute from Sumner. Sound Transit is still planning to complete their 500-stall parking garage and the project is almost ready to advertise (Project Link: https://www.soundtransit.org/system-expansion/sumner-station-parking-access-improvements), but the project is now being delayed due to the budget effects of COVID. We hope that Sound Transit will move forward on the garage in the next 6-12 months. However, we fully anticipate this project to be completed before the garage breaks ground.

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