While the City of Seattle has taken affective measures to control the spread of Dutch Elm disease, the Department of Transportation is warning residents that many new infected trees have been discovered across the city.
Dutch Elm disease was first discovered in Washington in 1974 but was not seen across the mountains in Seattle until 2001. That year three infected trees were identified followed by five more in 2002.
Between 2002 and 2007 no more than 2 percent of Seattle's elm trees were infected, but during this summer that number has increased.
In the Sept. 17 issue of the Ballard News-Tribune ("Missing Link to be built on Ballard Ave."), Ballard Oil owner Warren Aakervik's name was misspelled. Ballard Oil is located on 26th Avenue Northwest, not Shilshole Avenue, as stated in the article. The trail will run from 11th Avenue Northwest to 15th Avenue Northwest on Northwest 45th Street. Nothing will be built for the trail during its time on Ballard Avenue, but signs will be installed directing cyclists. This information was not clear before the story went to press.
We regret the errors.
Mayor Greg Nickels has proposed $8.6 million to fund the completion of the controversial and long awaited "Missing Link" portion of the Burke Gilman Trail over the next two years.
The last remaining segment of the popular multi-purpose trail would be paid for with 2009-2010 proposed budget funds
"Bicyclists, walkers, runners and skaters will enjoy one complete trail all the way from Puget Sound to the top of Lake Washington and beyond," the mayor said.