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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Jeff Switzer, WSDOT SR 520 Communications, 206-770-3547 (Seattle)
Public feedback helped shape lidded overpasses, connections
SEATTLE – Conceptual models of future lidded overpasses above State Route 520 in Seattle will be featured at an open house Monday, July 16, as the Washington State Department of Transportation continues designing elements along the planned six-lane corridor in Seattle.
“We’ve received nine months of feedback on design preferences and look forward to confirming these concepts with the public at the open house,” said Kerry Pihlstrom, WSDOT’s SR 520 engineering manager for improvements between Interstate 5 and the floating bridge. By continuing to refine design elements, WSDOT is better prepared to begin construction when funding becomes available.
The open house is scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, at St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E, Seattle. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities and accommodations can be arranged in advance by calling 206-770-3500.
This is the seventh and final open house in the Seattle Community Design Process, a major public review effort that began in October 2011 as WSDOT explored possible design refinements for SR 520 between I- 5 and the west highrise. Hundreds of people attended previous meetings, weighing in on the best way to integrate planned regional highway improvements with the communities near the corridor. The public reviewed Portage Bay Bridge designs, open space in the Montlake area, lidded overpasses, improvements at I-5, as well as better bicycle, pedestrian and transit connections.
A report pulling together all of the reviewed design elements will be made available for public comment this fall. WSDOT will also continue to work closely with the city of Seattle on design refinements.
Once funding is available and construction completed, the region will benefit from a continuous six-lane corridor from Seattle to Redmond. Construction is already under way on highway improvements from Bellevue to Medina and a replacement floating bridge on Lake Washington that will better withstand windstorms.
Information about the Seattle Community Design Process is available online, including materials from previous open houses. Public feedback can be emailed to SR520CommunityDesign@wsdot.wa.gov.
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