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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Learn about the Elliott Bay Seawall Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/3/2010  12:15:00 PM
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Learn about the Elliott Bay Seawall Project
Join SDOT for a seawall tour on September 11

SEATTLE—The Elliott Bay Seawall Project is moving forward and hearing onsite about design opportunities is a great way for the public to learn more about it. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) invites the public to hear about the Elliott Bay Seawall Project—at the seawall. Join project staff on Saturday, September 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn about design opportunities for the future seawall.

Participants will gain an understanding of the project need, potential opportunities and existing conditions to be accounted for in the planning and design process, as well as have an opportunity to comment about the project. Walking the waterfront at their own pace, the public can begin the tour at either the south end of the project area near the Washington Street Boat Landing at Alaskan Way S and S Washington St (near Pier 48) or at the north end near the Seattle Aquarium at Alaskan Way and Pike St (Piers 58/59). A guided tour will depart from Pier 48 at 9:15 a.m. and from Pier 59 at 11:15 a.m. Informational packets and maps will be available at both starting points, and project staff will answer questions at designated locations marked by tour signs and balloons. No reservations are necessary.

The Elliott Bay Seawall team began the project’s public engagement process with environmental scoping in June 2010. In coordination with Mayor McGinn, the Seattle City Council, the Central Waterfront Project and the Alaskan Way Viaduct Program, the project team will reach a preferred alternative for the seawall by April 2011, with construction beginning in late 2012. Public input received during the walking tour will help the team define opportunities for the seawall in six zones along the waterfront.

The seawall protects Seattle’s waterfront from wind driven storm waves and the erosive tidal forces of Elliott Bay. Major utilities, Alaskan Way and SR 99, the ferry terminal, and rail lines also are supported by the seawall. Since its construction between 1916 and 1934, the seawall has deteriorated significantly; it does not meet current earthquake standards and must be replaced. SDOT is actively working with the US Army Corps of Engineers on this shoreline protection project. Additional information about the project, including a project library, can be found at: www.seattle.gov/transportation/seawall.htm .

 



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