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What’s your Ericksen-Hildebrand solution?

One of the hopeful things that has come out of the decades-old Ericksen-Hildebrand debate (see last story post) is that people have done more than complain and dig in their heels. They’ve offered a range of compromises and solutions, and several have e-mailed them to me after the story’s publication.

I didn’t have the space in the story to get into all the ideas, so I’d like to offer this blog as a venue for people to post ideas on how to solve the Ericksen-Hildebrand conundrum.

So, what do you think?

Leave the park green, the streets unconnected, and let the walkers and cyclists rule?

Strike a balance, perhaps with a winding, narrow connection that paves a portion of the park?

Or, as one commenter offered after the online version of the story: “Thank you Mr. Blue Truck for doing what I have wanted to do for some time. You are my hero! Bring in the dozer, cut the road and we’ll find a way to name the street after you!”

So, there you have another option: pave the park and name the newly connected thoroughfare “Mr. Blue Truck Street.”

Busting barriers in the Ericksen-Hildebrand debate

The city’s long debated it. Business leaders have long demanded it. The neighborhood has long feared it.

A big blue pickup truck last week rammed through and created it.

The ‘it,’ in this case, is a connection between Ericksen Avenue and Hildebrand Lane, two Winslow roadways that have remained a few yards apart while fostering decades of debate.

The unknown truck driver added his two cents by crashing through traffic cones, sandwich boards, plastic signs and a thick steel chain.

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A safer trip to Blakely school

The city is putting the finishing touches on a series of pedestrian and traffic safety improvements near Blakely Elementary School this week.

The improvements include a new sidewalk linking between the Blakely Heights neighborhood and the school, and a drop-off area on the south side of Baker Hill Road intended to ease congestion in the school parking lot.

The city also aims to slow drivers down with new road islands solar-powered beacons that will flash during school hours.

“Blakely Elementary has been described as being hidden in the trees,” said project engineer Chris Hammer, noting that many drivers speed past the area, oblivious to the school.

The beacons and islands will prompt drivers to slow down and drive carefully in the 20 mph zone, he said.

The roadside along the project area incorporate a low impact stormwater drainage system that channels water into permeable gutters.

The project was funded through a federal transportation grant administered by the Puget Sound Regional Council.