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Public invited to comment on SR 520 Seattle design report

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Date:  Friday, September 14, 2012

Contact: Suanne Pelley, SR 520 Communications, 206-770-3578 (Seattle) or 206-437-5717 (cell)

SEATTLE – Bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, drivers and neighbors of the State Route 520 corridor are invited to view and comment on a report that details bridge types, lids and community connections from Interstate 5 to the floating bridge. The comment period begins today and ends Oct. 5.

The draft report is a result of the Seattle Community Design Process, a public design effort that began in August 2011 and included seven public open houses attended by a total of more than 1,100 people. The report includes proposed design preferences for the Portage Bay bridge, lid plans at Montlake Boulevard and the 10th Avenue East and Delmar Drive East intersections, and proposed bicycle/pedestrian connections throughout the west side.

“We launched this process to hear directly from the public how they want the new SR 520 corridor to look and feel,” said Kerry Pihlstrom, project manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s I-5 to Medina Bridge Replacement and HOV Project. “Feedback from the public helps us move the design process forward so we’re ready to begin construction when funding is available.”

Comments can be submitted in the following ways:

The Seattle City Council will also host a briefing about the process and the report from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 24, at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue. The meeting will include time for public comment.

WSDOT will finalize the report later this fall after comments are reviewed. Project improvements from I-5 to the floating bridge are currently not funded for construction. WSDOT submitted a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) federal loan application for construction of the west approach bridge, and expects to hear a decision from the Federal Highway Administration later this year.

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