Central Waterfront Supplemental EIS Hearings Scheduled

The State, County and City want to hear from you.  Attend a public hearing for the environmental analysis of the central waterfront viaduct replacement.

The second Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement has been released. The focus of this document includes analysis of the bored tunnel alternative, which is the preferred replacement for the viaduct’s downtown waterfront section. The document also compares the bored tunnel alternative to a cut-and-cover tunnel alternative and an elevated structure alternative.

FHWA, WSDOT and the City of Seattle are hosting public hearings so you can learn more about this project and comment on its potential effects on transportation, nearby neighborhoods and the environment. Attendees will be able to provide written comments or speak directly with a court reporter.

Join us on the following dates:

  • West Seattle – 6:0 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, Nov.16, Madison Middle School, 3429 45th Ave. SW, Seattle
  • Ballard – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 17, Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St., Seattle
  • Downtown – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Thursday, Nov. 18, Plymouth Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle

If you are unable to attend a hearing but would like to submit a comment on the SDEIS, e-mail awv2010SDEIScomments@wsdot.wa.gov or send a letter to:

  • Angela Freudenstein, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, Wells Fargo Building, 999 Third Ave., Suite 2424, Seattle, WA 98104-4019

All SDEIS comments received by Dec. 13, 2010, will receive a response in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, expected to be released in summer 2011.

Take a ride through the proposed bored tunnel – new simulations released

You can now view an updated design concept for the SR 99 bored tunnel in new simulations (YouTube version or Windows Media Player version).

The video takes you on a drive-through simulation of the tunnel, which would begin near the stadiums and exit onto Aurora Avenue N. During the trip, you will also see the ramps at both ends of the tunnel and new street connections over the tunnel’s portals.

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