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“Berm” opponents to rally in Tacoma’s Dome District Wednesday

Post by David Wickert on Aug. 25, 2009 at 10:36 am with No Comments »
August 25, 2009 10:36 am

The folks opposed to Sound Transit’s plans to build a berm to elevate railroad tracks through Tacoma’s Dome District aren’t giving up.

Do It Right Tacoma, a group promoting a "post and beam" alternative to the berm, will host a public meeting and walking tour at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 402 E. 26th St. to rally support for the cause.

Sound Transit plans to elevate the tracks as part of a new section of track required to extend Sounder commuter rail service to Lakewood. Opponents of the berm – basically a mound of earth – say it will create an unsightly barrier in the neighborhood and impede future development.

Sound Transit official say redesigning the section would cost more and further delay the completion of a project that originally was scheduled to be finished in 2001.

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