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Press Release: Town Hall meeting on City Center Access Project set for April 2

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications and Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Town Hall meeting on City Center Access Project set for April 2

The Federal Way City Council invites the public to attend a special Town Hall meeting on the City Center Access Project from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 2 at the Truman High School Cafeteria, 31455 28th Ave. S. Korean and Spanish interpreters will be available.

Preliminary design drawings and informational materials that have been presented at past open houses and public meetings will be available for review. The purpose of the Town Hall is for the city council to discuss the project with the public.

The City Center Access Project is designed to relieve traffic safety concerns and congestion at the I-5 and S 320th Street interchange, which may involve adding a new freeway interchange. The project started five years ago and has been led by the City, 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.

At its April 21 meeting, the City Council will make a final decision on whether to move Alternative 1 forward (with the No-Build Alternative) to finalize the Environmental Assessment process. Information on the project can be found at www.cityoffederalway.com by clicking on the “City Center Access Project” link. Comments can also be sent to Project Manager Maryanne Zukowski, P.E., 253.835.2707 or citycenteraccessproject@cityoffederalway.com.

Additional information

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 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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