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Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project

Revised July 20 , 2015

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announce the availability of the Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment.  The 2015 EA completes the draft environmental analysis that began in 2007 under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA examines potential effects of the project on the natural and built environments.  The City and FHWA anticipate only minor short-term adverse effects from the project that would occur during project construction. To view the report online, click here. A paper copy of the 2015 EA is available for review at the Seattle Central Library at 1000 4th Ave, Seattle WA 98104 and Magnolia Public Library at 2801 34th Ave W, Seattle 98119.

Comments on the EA will be accepted in writing for a 45 day period beginning on July 22, 2015. Comments must be submitted by 5 pm, September 8, 2015.

For further information concerning actions being taken by the SDOT and FHWA, to obtain a hard copy of the 2015 EA, or to provide written comment, contact Paul Elliott, SDOT Magnolia Bridge Public Information Officer, by email at or by mail at:

Paul Elliott, Magnolia Bridge Public Information Officer
Seattle Department of Transportation
c/o Magnolia EA comments
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3800
PO Box 34996 (SMT-38-00)
Seattle, WA  98124-4996

Due to lack of funding at this time, the environmental process will stop with the issuance of the EA.  SDOT will review comments on the EA and FHWA will determine whether it is appropriate to issue a FONSI or to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement should funding become available. However, FHWA cannot sign a Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) at this time. 

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