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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Elliott Bay Seawall Project Seeks Public Input

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
1/18/2011  5:10:00 PM
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Elliott Bay Seawall Project Seeks Public Input,
Hosting Open House on Wednesday

SEATTLE – The Elliott Bay Seawall Project will host a multi-media (and kid-friendly) public open house on Wednesday, January 19, at the Seattle Aquarium (1483 Alaskan Way) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of options for the seawall, meet the project team and learn how the Seawall Project is coordinating with other waterfront projects.

By taking the time to participate, attendees can help design a seawall that supports and protects Seattle’s waterfront, including critical utilities, transportation corridors, recreation and tourist destinations, and thousands of businesses and homes. Public input will help define the project’s alternatives and is requested by February 1, 2011.

In coordination with the mayor and city council, the project team will identify preferred alternatives for the seawall in April 2011, with construction beginning in late 2012. 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. The Seattle Department of Transportation is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on this shoreline protection project.

Additional information about the project, including a project library, can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seawall.htm.

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