The article (“Centennial Trail link plan draws local pushback,” Jan. 27) said nothing about the real gap!
The proposed gap completion project leads to the unpleasant, steep, dangerous, barely-used, Pettet Drive, with its unsafe, confusing connections with the T.J. Meenach Bridge. And that monster is a very stressful ride!
The alternate route could benefit all residents: Kids from West Central area going on a short, safe trail to SFCC, residents of the new Copper River apartments on the north side of the river, Sans Souci, and Kendall Yards residents. We all could have easy access to a new, beautiful park on the north side of the river.
In the big picture, the whole Spokane River Centennial Trail creates a wonderful alternative transportation route for many groups from far north at Nine Mile to the Idaho border. The biggest problem is at the TJ. .Meenach Bridge and the Doomsday Hill. That trail segment seriously restricts the free flow of bikers and walkers. Unfortunately, the Summit project does not improve that a bit. The folks north of that real gap have a big obstacle to riding or walking south and vice-versa.
The Summit Project does not address the real problem of the trail.