November 30, 2010 |

SR 520 workgroup to discuss transit planning and arboretum mitigation plan

SEATTLE – A workgroup focused on State Route 520 meets Dec. 1 to discuss transit planning and financing, and a Washington Park Arboretum mitigation plan, as part of the state’s effort to rebuild the highway and improve travel times between I-5 and Redmond.

Earlier this year the state Legislature directed a workgroup to consider refinements to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) SR 520 preferred alternative from I-5 to Medina. When Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the preferred alternative in April, she acknowledged that the legislation, ESSB 6392, called for design refinements, transit planning and financing, and a mitigation plan for effects to the arboretum.

Recommendations about transit planning and financing will be posted online Wednesday afternoon, and WSDOT, King County Metro and Sound Transit will accept comments Dec. 1-15. During that same time, WSDOT also will accept comments on the draft Washington Park Arboretum mitigation plan. Comments will be accepted at the meeting, as well as online, by e-mail or mail. The mitigation plan will also be part of the I-5 to Medina project’s final environmental impact statement, scheduled to be published in spring 2011. A final report from the workgroup will be submitted to Gov. Gregoire and the state Legislature by Dec. 31, 2010.

ESSB 6392 Workgroup final meeting

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1

Location: Puget Sound Regional Council Board Room, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Who: WSDOT, Seattle Department of Transportation, University of Washington, King County Metro, Sound Transit, Seattle City Council staff

Topics: Workgroup members will discuss draft recommendations on high-capacity transit planning, transit financing and the draft Washington Park Arboretum mitigation plan. The workgroup will accept public comments at the end of the meeting.

The public can learn more about the ESSB 6392 Workgroup and comment by visiting www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/6392workgroup.htm.

More information about the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520bridge.

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