The Seattle Department of Transportation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are beginning the environmental review to address the Elliott Bay seawall. A comment period is underway, and a public meeting is being held on June 16, 2010, at Bell Harbor Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle).
The seawall, built between 1916 and 1934, has deteriorated significantly due to damage from gribbles and ship worms and does not meet current earthquake standards. Replacing it is crucial to public safety because of the role the seawall plays in protecting the downtown waterfront from wind-driven storm waves and the erosive tidal forces of Elliott Bay. The seawall also supports major utilities, Alaskan Way and State Route 99, the ferry terminal, and rail lines.
At the public scoping meeting, you’ll learn about:
• Project need and schedule
• Possible structural elements, habitat opportunities, and alignments
• Coordination with other area projects, including the City’s central waterfront plan
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Open House
5:30 PM: Presentation, followed by Public Hearing
7:00 PM: Adjourn
Comments are requested by Monday, July 19, 2010. Additional information can be found here.