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IN THIS ISSUE: April 2006



1). The 'Rebuild' Gets a New Name
2). Legislative Session Panel to Review Alaskan Way Viaduct and SR 520 Projects
3). WSDOT Helps Train Tomorrow's Workforce


THE 'REBUILD' GETS A NEW NAME

Join Us in Your Neighborhood to Get the Facts on the Alternatives Request a Briefing for Your Group The 'Rebuild' Gets a New Name WSDOT and the City of Seattle recently decided to change the name of the 'rebuild' to 'elevated structure' to more accurately reflect the differences in design from the current viaduct. A new elevated structure would be built to the highest safety standards, with wider lanes, improved shoulders, and thicker support columns to provide earthquake protection. You'll see this change in future materials and announcements.

2006 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Panel of Experts to Review Alaskan Way Viaduct and SR 520 Projects The 2006 Washington State Legislature adjourned on March 8 with new legislation regarding the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall. Here are the key highlights:

1). Project planning. The Regional Transportation Governance bill, ESHB 2871, requires WSDOT to complete all environmental and financial work before starting construction. This includes preparing a finance plan that identifies funding sources, cash flow, staging and construction phasing plans.

2). An expert review panel will study the projectís financing and implementation plans, and submit a report to the Governor, the legislatureís joint state transportation committees, and the Office of Financial Management by September 1, 2006. The review panel will be made up of five to ten experts, selected by the chairs of the State Senate and House Transportation Committees, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Governor to assure a balance of disciplines. The panel will be formed by June 1. After reviewing the panelís findings, the Governor will declare whether the finance plans for both alternatives are feasible and sufficient to complete the project. They will not recommend one alternative over the other.

3). Public input. The bill requires the city of Seattle to hold an advisory vote in November, or hold public hearings on the expert review panelís findings and adopt an ordinance stating the City Councilís preferred option by November 1, 2006.

WSDOT HELPS TRAIN TOMORROW'S WORKFORCE

Another bill passed during this legislative session requires WSDOT to hire certain percentages of apprentices on many of our jobs.


WSDOT requested this legislation. This apprenticeship program provides students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain on-the-job training and real-world work experience in diverse disciplines, shaping them into skilled professionals. Using apprentices helps assure that a trained work force will be available in sufficient numbers to build projects in the future.

JOIN US IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO GET THE FACTS ON THE ALTERNATIVES

In May, three open houses will be held to answer questions on the projectís baseline requirements, the tunnel and elevated structure alternatives, the Expert Review Panel, and construction plans. Want to know more about what youíve been hearing in the news? Join us:

DOWNTOWN, May 22 Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 6th Avenue 5:00-7:00 pm

WEST SEATTLE, May 23 Cooper Elementary School, 1901 SW Genesee Street 5:00-7:00 pm

BALLARD, May 24 Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Avenue NW 5:00-7:00 pm

Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/viaduct to read more about the project.

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