February 7, 2016
The ducks love it, but flooding on Fairview Avenue isn’t much fun for anyone else. The water is dirty and nearly two feet deep in some places, and it’s taking away scarce Eastlake parking, wearing away infrastructure, and forcing pedestrians off the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop pathway onto the roadway with cars, according to a February 2, Eastlake Community Council letter sent to the mayor, city representatives, and city councilmember, Rob Johnson.
The four-page letter outlines the history of the three-year-old problem and requests something be done before it gets worse and costs the city more money to fix.
The ECC also notes that adjacent, local business, United States Seafoods, has used their own resources to pump the water from the street, but it’s not their responsibility, and the flooding may be damaging their property.
But challenges represent opportunities to paraphrase a Chinese proverb. Fixing Fairview is a good opportunity to enact some of those planned for Cheshiahud Loop improvements, the letter points out. The 2009 Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Master Plan has several “general recommendations” (see page 51) for the stretch from East Blaine Street to Terry Pettus Park (the flooding is happening between there, from E. Blaine to E. Newton streets). They are:
- Create a wider pedestrian walkway with uniform grading and special paving on the west side of Fairview.
- Enhance path/driveway crossings to enhance visibility and awareness.
- Prune and/or enhance vegetation to provide visual interest along pathway and visibility of path from street.
Will the city respond to the ECC letter? Stay tuned.