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(Editor's note: The following is a copy of a letter sent to King County Road Services Division about the Mount Si Bridge Replacement Project.)
As a small-business owner with a regular commute on Mount Si Road, I have been acutely conscious of the lack of an alternative bridge connecting Mount Si to any other artery.
There are often times when the single bridge is either blocked or closed. As we are rarely notified of these delays, yet have no other options, this prevents me from getting to customers on time, or even opening my shop. Any plan to rebuild the existing bridge would only aggravate this problem.
Clearly in the event of a disaster affecting the bridge, all those who live or work in that area would be completely trapped on one side or the other. Fire and emergency services would have no way of accessing any of the 1,300 or so residents of that area. With the heavy increase in traffic on Mount Si Road, the chance of an accident is greatly increased, especially at that existing bridge. We have to consider just how many lives equal the cost of an additional bridge.
The current bridge needs only a safe walkway for pedestrians and bicycles. A second bridge can be built with large vehicles in mind from the start.
I can't imagine that tearing out the old, historic bridge and building a new one in the same spot would be a better investment.
Please consider the option of a second bridge at the Tanner area.
Jonathan R. Seaton