More on the 520 Floating Bridge Replacement “Listening Opportunity”

Written by Scott

Topics: archives, Uncategorized

Since I seem to have garnered the attention of the WA State Department of Transportation for a second day in a row, let’s examine what they are saying about these engagements. From WSDOT…with my comments in red after.

Latest news on building a new SR 520 at open houses

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Contact: Amy Grotefendt, SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project, 206-295-9846 (cell
Suanne Pelley, SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project, 206-770-3578 (office)

SEATTLE – WSDOT will share the latest plans for the SR 520 bridge replacement with the public at open houses next week in Seattle and Bellevue. The new plans are a result of the mediation process on the west side of Lake Washington and collaboration with the Eastside communities.

Agreement on options for the west side of the corridor is the first important milestone of mediation. Next the group will develop a project impact plan, which is due to the governor and legislature at the end of the year. Selecting a west side plan at the end of the year will allow the project to complete the environmental review and engineering plans.

The plan on the east side of the corridor, from Lake Washington to 108th Avenue NE, is progressing into more detailed design including transit improvements,community connections with transit stops, new bicycle and pedestrian paths, and noise walls.

At the open houses the public will also be able to speak with project partners working on key corridor elements, including Sound Transit, King County Metro, and staff from the newly-formed SR 520 Tolling Implementation Committee.

Representatives from the Lake Washington Urban Partnership will also be launching the environmental process for a proposal to toll the existing SR 520 floating bridge. This proposal is part of a federal program aimed at improving congestion through tolling, transit, technology, and telecommuting.

Pontoon construction for the new bridge will get underway in 2009. Construction on the east side of the corridor is expected to begin in 2010, with the four-lane corridor open to traffic in 2014 and the full six-lane corridor completed in 2016.

    Tues., June 24, 4 to 7 p.m.
    Naval Reserve Building
    Lake Union Park
    860 Terry Ave N (at Valley Street)

    Wed., June 25, 4 to 7 p.m.
    Bellevue City Hall
    450 110th Ave NE

A presentation will be made at 5:30 p.m. at both locations. For more information, please visit the project Web site.

Sharing plans is now a “listening opportunity“…except for the fact that the plans are almost set, negotiations are in process, and construction is beginning in 2009.

I always thought listening mean the input was desired and meant something, as opposed to telling.

But I’m all about helping, and in light of that, I provide the following links to the next WSDOT visits to the blog:
Effective Listening
Habits to Differentiate Good From Poor Listening
The Secrets to Listening Well

You’re welcome…glad I could help.