SEATTLE – A Port of Seattle presentation Thursday laid out potential fixes in the event of a new NBA arena in Seattle's SODO neighborhood.
The Port submitted the 28-page document to express their reservations over the proposal and traffic impacts. It also suggested potential changes, which could ease or mitigate congestion. They include:
-- Allow trucks to access I-90 through restricted areas
-- Truck only routes (e.g., East Marginal Way, Colorado/Massachusetts Streets)
-- Create a new roadway to replace the function of Occidental Avenue S. connecting between S. Holgate Street & Edgar Martinez Drive.
-- Increase capacity on 1st Avenue S.
-- Fund additional transit service
-- Improve walking route to the Link Light Rail station
-- Lander Street grade separation
-- New pedestrian bridge
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said Thursday he believes those issues can be addressed during the arena permitting process, but offered no suggestions on financing of any fix.