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Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project

Seattle Department of Transportation Press Releases

For Immediate Release: September 26, 2002

Contacts:
Kirk T. Jones, Project Manager, 206.615.0862
Marybeth Turner, Communications Office, 206.684.8548, pager 997-3108

Open House to Introduce the Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project
Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project Open House
Wednesday, October 9, 2002
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Blaine K-8 School
2550 34th Avenue West

The Seattle Department of Transportation is holding an open house on October 9 to introduce the Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project and to seek input from the public.

The open house will provide an opportunity for citizens to meet the project design team, learn more about the project and provide their input toward possible locations and other design opportunities.
The current Magnolia Bridge was severely damaged in the February 2001 Nisqually Earthquake. Engineers have determined it is not cost effective to retrofit the bridge to withstand the force of another major earthquake. Senator Patty Murray secured a $9 million federal grant for the City of Seattle to do the design for the complete replacement of the existing bridge. The first phase of the design, a "type, size and location study", is expected to take 10 to 12 months, and will result in a recommendation for replacing the bridge.

Citizen feedback will be critical to the success of the project. A Design Advisory Group, made up of residents, businesses, agencies and property owners, will meet regularly to track and influence the design process. Further, two additional open houses will be scheduled later in the study process.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring reasonable accommodation may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodation by contacting Marybeth Turner at 206-870-4783.

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