The Washington State Deparment of Transportation is seeking comments on the impacts that the construction of the new SR 520, I-5 to Medina Project will have on publicly held parklands.
The Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation will be available for a 30-day public comment in early November 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 the next several days 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/