State releases analysis of 520 bridge replacement options

There are two development issues beyond Capitol Hill but very much part of our area of interest that we need to catch up on here at CHS:

  • The process to re-zone South Lake Union which will affect Capitol Hill’s western views. Here’s the latest update from coverage of a SLU community group’s work in the area on our sister site TheSouthLake.com.
  • And the state’s project to replace the 520 bridge which will, presumably, impact the way we come and go from the Hill and the environment near our homes and community.

Here’s an important update for the 520 replacement process. The state released today a key document presenting analysis of three options being considered to replace the bridge. The document also looks at alternatives including a ‘no build’ option. We covered some of the Capitol Hill community discussion around the 520 options in this post. Here’s the new info from the state:

Supplemental draft EIS available – 

Comment period begins

  • The I-5 to Medina: Bridge Replacement and HOV Project supplemental draft environmental impact statement is available for your review and comment.
  • We are hosting several informational events around the region for you to learn more information about the project and share your comments, including an environmental hearing and public open house.  
  • Environmental hearing and public open house details:
    860 Terry Ave. N, Seattle
    Lake Union Park Naval Reserve Building
    Feb. 23
    5 – 7 p.m 

Pontoon Construction Project

  • We’ve announced that Kiewit-General Joint Venture has the apparent best value proposal for building the new SR 520 floating bridge pontoons. Read more about the news on our contractor page.

SR 520 Legislative Workgroup

Construction closing SR 520 lanes and ramps

  • Drivers should plan ahead for nighttime delays on SR 520 as construction crews close lanes and ramps to connect high-tech overhead traffic signs in the Bellevue area. Check our Web page for details.

Video simulations

  • Visit the SR 520 Program Library to view video simulations of proposed west side and Eastside designs.
  • The release of the report signals a transition to a new phase in the public process to finalize the replacement plan. The EIS comment phase now begins presenting citizens with the opportunity to make their opinions on the project part of the public record. Here’s how to comment on the project:

    • Comment online
    • E-mail: SR520Bridge_SDEIS@wsdot.wa.gov
    • Mail: Jenifer Young
      Seattle, WA 98101
      600 Stewart St., Suite 520
      SR 520 Program Office
      Environmental Manager
    • Speak to a court reporter during the environmental hearing scheduled for Feb. 23, 2010.

    We haven’t reviewed the EIS yet but think it will make great weekend reading during a football playoff game. If you’ve found something interesting in it, let us know.

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