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Press Release: New historical street signs remind residents of Federal Way’s past

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July 22, 2008

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Rick Perez
City Traffic Engineer

New historical street signs remind residents of Federal Way’s past

These days, most folks don’t know that South 320th Street used to be called Webb Center, or that State Route 99 used to be called the Seattle-Tacoma Road. A new program to add historical names to local streets signs will hopefully connect Federal Way residents with its history and these historical street names.

Earlier this year, at the request of the Historical Society of Federal Way, the City allocated $5,000 for 21 historical street signs at six locations. The sign project is consistent with the City’s Growth Management Act goal to “identify and encourage the preservation of lands, sites, and structures, that have historical or archaeological significance.”

The new design shows the current street name in green and the historical name below it in brown.

The first signs went up at the corner of South 320th Street and State Route 99 at a brief unveiling ceremony on July 22. The bulk of the remaining signs will be installed this week.

The locations are:
  • State Route 99 (Seattle-Tacoma Road) & South 320th Street (Webb Center) - 4 signs
  • Dash Point Road (Maltby Road) & State Route 99 (Seattle-Tacoma Road) - 3 signs
  • South 312th Street (Phillip French Road) & State Route 99 (Seattle-Tacoma Road) - 4 signs
  • 21st Avenue Southwest (Highline Road) & Southwest 356th Street (Libo Road) - 4 signs
  • South 288th Street (Meredith Road) and Military Road - 2 signs
The last four signs will be erected at South 356th Street (Libo Road) and State Route 99 (Seattle-Tacoma Road) during a construction project in 2010. Future street signs will be replaced with the new historical design as they lose their reflectivity.
See the original release (PDF)


tvjames said...

When I first moved here, I found the numbering system maddening. Without the GPS we would have been knocking on people's doors late our first night here after we found the intersection of two streets with the same number.

Now having lived here for awhile, I find it quite handy. However, some are silly. Like
this new neighborhood. The top east-west street will never have a structure on it (it's flanked by a tall wall on one side and a water retention pond and wall) and yet even it has its own street number instead of just being an extension of the north/south street.

And Slayden/51st/Northshore Parkway/340th/336th/Campus/348th/Highway 18/Snoqualmie Parkway is impressive for the amount of names it takes on.


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