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Public invited to Nov. 12 open house on City Center Access Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT
Maryanne Zukowski, P.E.
Project Manager
253.835.2742

Ken Miller
Deputy Public Works Director
253.835.2711

Public invited to Nov. 12 open house on City Center Access Project

The public is invited to the second open house on the City Center Access Project from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2008, at the Macy’s courtyard at The Commons at Federal Way, 1928 South Commons Way (near the I-5 interchange and south of S 320th Street). Korean and Spanish interpreters will be available along with materials translated into those languages.

The City of Federal Way, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and a team of consultants are inviting the public to drop in, receive information and ask questions about the City Center Access Project. Staff will take public comments, answer questions and listen to concerns.

The City Center Access Project is designed to relieve traffic safety concerns and congestion at the I-5 and S 320th Street interchange. Currently the City Center Access Project is in “Phase 2 Environmental Assessment.” During this phase, a preferred alternative will be selected to improve existing and future traffic circulation, reduce the number and severity of accidents in the city’s transportation network related to the I-5 and S 320th Street interchange, while trying to avoid or mitigate potential environmental impacts.

Three alternatives are being evaluated. Primary features include:
  • Alternative 1, North City Center Access -- Modify freeway ramps from S 320th Street to S 312th Street
  • Alternative 2, South City Center Access -- Modify freeway ramps from S 320th Street to S 324th Street
  • Alternative 3, No-build.
Items on display at the open house include:
  • Preliminary design drawings, informational boards and animated new technology design visualization presentations of the alternatives
  • Environmental findings
  • Traffic simulations for existing conditions and for conditions forecasted to the year 2035.
  • Other traffic information including existing collision summaries, existing traffic volumes and Level of Service results as well as volumes and Level of Service results forecasted to the year 2035.
  • Project schedule and next steps.
This project is identified in the City’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan and its 20-year Capital Improvement Plan. The project is driven by the City’s plans to expand and widen the S 320th S interchange over I-5 and other local infrastructure improvement needs in those plans.

For more information in English, visit www.cityoffederalway.com and click on the City Center Access Project link, or contact Maryanne Zukowski, P.E., 253.835.2707 or citycenteraccessproject@cityoffederalway.com. For information in Korean, call 253.835.2605. For Spanish, call 253.835.2606. For Russian, call 253.835.2612. Persons with disabilities may request this information in alternate formats by calling 253.835.2730. For TTY, call Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service at 711 and ask to be connected to 253.835.2730.

City of Federal Way Title VI Policy Statement
The City of Federal Way assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and as amended, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The City of Federal Way further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs or activities are federally funded or not.

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