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City of Seattle

Mike McGinn, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT:  Chief Sealth Trail Community Open Houses Scheduled for December
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
12/3/2004  2:30:00 PM
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Chief Sealth Trail Community Open Houses Scheduled for December 6th and 9th, 2004

Seattle - In response to community concerns about the construction of Chief Sealth Trail, Seattle Department of Transportation has scheduled two additional community meetings. Information presented at these open houses will include project construction details, trail maps and drawings, as well as general information about the project. Both City staff and representatives of the construction team will be on-hand to answer questions about the project and address any community concerns. The first open house will take place on Monday, December 6th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S. The second open house will be held Thursday December 9th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Wing Luke Elementary School, at 3701 South Kenyon Street. Interpreters can be arranged to assist with project information in Spanish, Chinese or Vietnamese. If you plan to attend one of the open houses and are in need of interpreters in one of the three languages, please call 684.ROAD (7623), one day prior to the open house.

The Chief Sealth Trail will be a multi-purpose pathway that, when completed, will traverse southeast Seattle from Beacon Avenue South on the north, to the city limits on the south. The trail will have a paved surface to appeal to a broad range of non-motorized users. Chief Sealth Trail will be the City’s newest addition to the Regional Trails System and will ultimately provide connections to the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail, downtown Seattle, and Sound Transit light rail stations along Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The first phase of the trail is currently being constructed in the Seattle City Light Utility Corridor, between Beacon Avenue South at South Dawson Street, and will traverse southeast Seattle from Beacon Hill to 51st Avenue South at South Gazelle Street.

The planning for this Trail has been underway since early 1990. The project was included in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the Transportation Strategic Plan and was approved by voters in the 2000 Parks and Open Space Levy. The project has also been a priority of the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, and it is supported by the Rainier Beach and Columbia City Neighborhood plans.

The City of Seattle and RCI/Herzog recently developed an innovative construction agreement to allow RCI/Herzog to relocate clean soils from the Sound Transit Light Rail Project on Martin Luther King Way to help build this Trail along the Seattle City Light right of way. This collaboration resulted in condensed trail planning and construction timeframes and major construction cost savings. In addition to these benefits to tax payers, virtually the entire Trail will be constructed from recycled materials.

For more information about the project or open house locations, please contact Project Manager Connie Zimmerman at 684.5184 or via email: connie.zimmerman@seattle.gov.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the City with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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