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Ruston Way encounters delay, but road will likely be open by July 4

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 am |
June 20, 2012 2:41 pm

The drum roll continues for Ruston Way’s reopening through Point Ruston.

Point Ruston developer Mike Cohen had hoped to pull down the barriers and open the road to public traffic earlier this month, but a new legal requirement is keeping new street sequestered.

Point Ruston legal advisor Loren Cohen said the development company initially thought it could open the road before the street lights were installed, but local authorities now are insisting that the street lights, which were late arriving, be functioning before the road is opened.

Two other tasks that had prevented the road from opening, striping the new pavement and pouring the decorative concrete crosswalks, have now been done.

The developer now is hoping the final work can be completed on the street lights in time for an opening before Independence Day.

The new Ruston Way through the former Asarco smelter site takes the place of a road that passed through a narrow, angled tunnel. That tunnel is to be filled with soil excavated from the site.

The Point Ruston development, when complete, will include apartments, condos and homes for 3,000 people and a commercial center with retail and office users. Point Ruston has already announced commitments from a theater chain for a multiplex, a hotel owner for a multi-story hotel and a local grocer for an upscale organic grocery and deli.

The first high-rise apartment building is being built, and single family homes have already risen on the hill above the former copper smelter site. Along the Commencement Bay waterfront, a new pedestrian and bicycle path will connect the end of the existing Ruston Way promenade to Point Defiance Park.

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