Citizens of University Place will have two chances to voice their opinions about a proposed new road connection in the southeast part of the city. Open houses will be held Sept. 21 from 2-5 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 5-8 p.m. at City Hall, 3715 Bridgport Way W., to gather input on the idea. The project involves two dead-end sections of Alameda Avenue West near 52nd Street West. Currently the street ends are blocked by barriers and a few feet of gravel separates the pavement.
Removing the barriers would allow traffic to flow freely from Cirque Drive to 40th Street West along Alameda. Currently, drivers seeking to travel from one side of the dead end to the other must either go west to 67th Avenue and then east again to rejoin Alameda, or they must travel east to Orchard Street and then west again on 40th Street to reconnect with Alameda.
City officials say the new road connection would make it easier for police and fire vehicles to respond to emergencies in the southeast part of town. The city is, however, considering traffic calming measures to reduce vehicle speeds. The City Council plans to hold a public hearing on the project sometime after the two open houses.