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Press Release: Public invited to Feb. 11 open house on City Center Access Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2009

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

Public invited to Feb. 11 open house on City Center Access Project

The public is invited to the next open house on the City Center Access Project from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Truman High School Cafeteria, 31455 28th Ave. S. Korean and Spanish interpreters will be available along with materials translated into those languages upon request.

The purpose of the open house is to advise the public of the recommended project action moving forward and to provide an opportunity for input on the preferred “build” alternative.

The public is invited to learn more about the preliminary selection of Alternative 1 (the North Alternative at South S 312th Street) by the Core Interagency Team and the Public Stakeholder Team. Public comment at this open house will be reviewed by the Federal Way City Council prior to its final preferred “build” alternative recommendation, expected to occur at its meeting on March 3. Preliminary design drawings, informational boards and an animated presentation will be available for review as well as all of the documentation about the process to-date.

Also presented at the open house will be a preliminary de minimis 4(f) finding related to project impacts to Steel Lake Park. The de minimis process requires an opportunity for public comment. Additional opportunities for public comment on the 4(f) impacts and mitigation plan for Steel Lake Park will also be provided later in 2009 and 2010.

The City Center Access Project is designed to relieve traffic safety concerns and congestion at the I-5 and S 320th Street interchange. The project started five years ago and has been led by the City of Federal Way, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and a team of community stakeholders, citizens, and consultants.

The parties worked extensively with the public to narrow the original 47 alternatives down to three in 2005 using a variety of methods and a technical scoring process.

The final three alternatives are scored in three main categories: transportation benefits, impacts to the natural environment (plants and animals, water resources, earth and air), and impacts to the human environment (land use, protected resources, and neighborhoods). A summary of the scoring process is available at www.cityoffederalway.com by clicking on the “City Center Access Project” link. Scoring summaries will also be available for review at the open house.

Next steps

The City Center Access Project Team will continue to hold public meetings and community briefings in early 2009. For a complete schedule, visit the City Center Access Project’s page on the City’s Web site. The Federal Way City Council will make a final decision on moving Alternative 1 forward with the No-Build Alternative to finalize the Environmental

Assessment at its meeting on March 3. Public comment is welcome at all meetings. Comments can also be sent at any time to Project Manager Maryanne Zukowski, P.E., 253.835.2707 or citycenteraccessproject@cityoffederalway.com.

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 Street interchange over I-5 and implement other local roadway improvements 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.

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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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