Public Comment Period to Open on WSDOT’s SR 520

October 26th, 2010 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

WSDOT’s SR 520, I-5 to Medina Project: Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation comment period will be ending on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The preferred alternative selected for the SR 520, I-5 to Medina: Bridge Replacement and HOV Project will convert properties protected by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have prepared a Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation in accordance with the LWCF Act Section 6(f)(3).  This document evaluates the effects of converting recreational properties (e.g., parks) protected by Section 6(f) to non-recreational use and replacing them with property of at least equal fair market value and of reasonably equivalent usefulness and location. The Section 6(f) protected properties proposed for conversion are portions of the Ship Canal Waterside and Arboretum Waterfront Trail complex, and portions of two associated parks, East Montlake Park and the Washington Park Arboretum. The Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation will be available for a 30-day public comment period beginning in early November 2010.

Please check back in early November for a link to the document and comment form. For more information on the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, please visit the project website at

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR520Bridge/

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2 Responses to “Public Comment Period to Open on WSDOT’s SR 520”

  1. baderj says:

    The statement needs to address Ordinance 117015 of The City of Seattle, which would siphon off 40% of the proceeds paid by SR 520 to The City of Seattle for the taking of the land of McCurdy Park and much of East Montlake Park to the Museum of History and Industry (“MOHAI”) for use in South Lake Union. WSDOT has already agreed to pay MOHAI Forty Million Dollars for the museum building, relocation of exhibits, and other rights. Clearly 60% of the proceeds cam not acquire the same quality of replacement park as 100% would. The statement is incomplete if it fails to address the proposed rip-off.

  2. admin says:

    The comment form in now up on the WSDOT site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VQ5GGKF

    Baderj: thanks for your comment. Please be sure to fill out the WSDOT form.