The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) SR520, I-5 to Medina Project: Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation is available for public comment through December 8. This is the document that describes how the construction of the bridge is anticipated to impact Seattle owned parkland, and WSDOT’s proposed mitigation.
WSDOT is accepting comments on an environmental evaluation document <http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/3C43B146-F619-492E-8B73-1F065B799229/0/SR520Sec6fEnvEval.pdf> that examines I-5 to Medina project <http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/bridgeproject.htm> effects on federally protected parks. This comment period will end on Wednesday, December 8.
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 equal or greater 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.
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