Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Is a historic Shoreline road hitting a dead end?

The end of the road

Heading north it connects with Aurora.

A piece of Shoreline history meets a dead end.

A couple weeks ago I posted some information about the history of Ronald Pl. N. - specifically the curvy piece of red brick road between Aurora Rents and Top Food. When I wrote that post I didn't realize that there's actually another piece of that road on the other side of 175th, running from the back of Walgreen's parking lot out to Highway 99. As you can see in the photos above, it's pretty much been rendered useless.

Someone commented on the original post with dire warnings about the future of the road, saying that it's at risk, but leaving no details. So I wrote an email to the City of Shoreline asking about it. Here's the deal (as far as I can tell): the curvy piece of Ronald Pl. N. that currently connects Highway 99 and 175th is indeed going to go away, while the piece that runs alongside the Interurban Trail (that's the piece that dead-ends at the Walgreens parking lot) may be incorporated into 'Interurban Park'.

Here's a quote from the email: "The backbone of the Interurban Park is Ronald Place. There will be a public process to aid plan development. How the red brick road is highlighted as part of the park will be determined through plan development." Click here to read the entire email.

What do you think? What would you like to see happen with Ronald Pl. N.? Do you think it's important to preserve it? Post your thoughts to the comment section below (you don't need to log in or have an account to leave a comment).

Link to: earlier post about Ronald Pl. N.


  1. This is so interesting; on one hand, I'm excited about the "Interurban Park" and can't wait to see what they do with it, but on the other hand, it would be a shame if that little bit of road were to disappear entirely. I think it's a good reminder, too, that if we want a say in how things happen in Shoreline, we need to be a part of the public process they mention, and have our say.

  2. I would really like to see that piece of road preserved. It's a little piece of our history! It would be so cool if they can incorporate it into the park. I'll be really sad to see the southern portion close, as I drive on it every day.

  3. Hello...i heard that the brick road used to go all the way to Canada...do you know if that is true?