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SR 520 Bridge Program - Public Outreach

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Summer 2013 outreach photos

Check out these recent photos of our traveling outreach booth at community fair and festival events around the region.

St. Demetrios Greek Festival (September 2013)


Visitors to the SR 520 information booth read the latest plans and designs for the west side of the SR 520 corridor in Seattle. SR 520 staff were available to answer questions and provide materials to attendees. 

Kirkland Farmers Market (August 2013)


SR 520 staff Steve Strand explains SR 520 program and Eastside construction information to a visitor at the Kirkland Farmers Market on Aug. 14, 2013.

Bellevue Farmers Market (July 2013)


SR 520 staff Caylen Beaty and Steve Strand provide project information to visitors at the Bellevue Farmers Market on July 25, 2013.

SR 520 Intern Day (July 2013)


Interns with several companies working on the SR 520 program learned more about work underway during a construction tour of the Eastside and floating bridge work zone in Medina. 

Redmond Derby Days (July 2013)


SR 520 staff Dave Edwards discusses Eastside corridor improvements and construction at Redmond Derby Days.

Fremont Fair (June 2013)


SR 520 staff Christine Lavra and Nathan Karres speak with visitors about SR 520 program improvements at the Fremont Fair.

Ballard Bike to Work Street Party (May 2013)


SR 520 staff Katie DeLeuw and Elizabeth Umbanhowar chat with bike enthusiasts at the Ballard Bike to Work Street Party.

University District Street Fair (May 2013)


SR 520 staff Stacey Howery speaks with a visitor at the University District Street Fair.



History of Public Engagement

In 2013 the SR 520 bridge turned 50 years old. View more on SR 520 Memory Lane.

Since 1997, the effort to replace SR 520 has involved the TransLake Project, the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project, and then in 2008 the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program with three separate projects: the Pontoon Construction Project, the Eastside Transit and HOV Project, and the I-5 to Medina Bridge Replacement and HOV Project. For these projects WSDOT and its consultant (EnviroIssues) have led the communications effort and provided technical support to develop and implement the following:

  • Provided program information at over 500 public events, including: open houses, drop-in events, community design workshops, fairs and festivals, and community organization briefings. Communicated with over 4,600 individuals on a regular basis, and tracked and responded to over 5,000 comments and inquires received from the public and agencies since 2003. Reached more than 36,000 people at fairs and festivals and other events hosted by the SR 520 Program. Coordinated with over 60 neighborhood associations in Puget Sound and another dozen groups in Grays Harbor. 
  • Mass communications, including: media releases and briefings, developing and maintaining Web content, providing public comment opportunities for technical documents, writing and issuing regular email updates, developing folios and fact sheets, gathering data and drafting responses to public inquiries, writing and distributing fieldwork notifications, and planning special events such as groundbreakings or other community events.
  • Extensive inter-governmental coordination, including: briefings to jurisdictions and legislative committees, outreach to federal delegation staff, assistance with tribal coordination, assistance with funding proposals, and coordination with regional planning and transit agencies. The SR 520 Program coordinates with multiple state and federal agencies, over a dozen regional, county and city jurisdictions, tribal governments, legislative districts and committees, and the state Transportation Commission. 
  • Agency coordination, including: technical review groups responsible for local, state and federal regulations; special projects such as Washington Park Arboretum mitigation planning and Section 106 coordination for historic and cultural properties; coordinating expert panels on topics such as noise mitigation, aquatic resources, or mitigation planning; and permitting assistance at the local, state, and federal levels. 
  • Assistance with legislative requirements. To meet the requirements of these bills, EnviroIssues has assisted with design of public processes, developing opportunities for public feedback, coordinating with technical team members to develop clear and concise public materials, and facilitating technical meetings. 
  • Conducting user research and writing or editing technical reports, including examples such as: managing a survey of SR 520 transit users in 2005, providing reader-friendly review of financial reports, coordinating the development and production of the Catastrophic Failure Plan and the High Capacity Transit Plan, coordinating design and reader-friendly review of executive summary documents and legislative reports and providing on-line feedback opportunities for the public to comment on draft technical reports.

For the SR 520 Program, the communications and public involvement work is summarized in public involvement appendices as part of the environmental documentation for the three separate projects. Links to these documents:

  1. SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project – Draft Environmental Impact Statement
    Agency Coordination and Public Involvement Appendix
  2. I-5 to Medina: Bridge Replacement and HOV Project – Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
    Agency Coordination and Public Involvement Discipline Report 
    Final Environmental Impact Statement Agency Coordination and Public Involvement Discipline Report
  3. Eastside Transit and HOV Project – Environmental Assessment  Public Outreach and Tribal and Agency Coordination
  4. Pontoon Construction Project - Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
    Agency Coordination and Public Involvement Discipline Report