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Two open houses on Point Defiance Bypass this week

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm with No Comments »
October 22, 2012 4:42 pm

Residents are invited to two open houses this week that will provide more details on the recently completed environmental review of the proposed Point Defiance Bypass.

The bypass would reroute Amtrak passenger rails from its current shoreline route between Tacoma and Nisqually and move them to lines that pass through south Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont. State officials say the proposed route will save up to 10 minutes compared to the existing route, enabling faster and more reliable service. Leaders in affected cities worry about public safety with trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour rumbling through urban streets and neighborhoods.

The open houses will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s event will be held in the Rotunda Building at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. in Lakewood. DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive in DuPont, will host the event the following day.

Thursday’s event will also serve as a public hearing, starting at 5 p.m., where the Federal Railroad Administration will take public comment on the study. The federal agency will consider those comments as it weighs giving final approval of the study so the project can move forward.

Residents can review project study findings, speak with project staff and view project maps at each open house.

The study can be viewed online by clicking here or by visiting your local library and requesting to look at a paper copy.

Residents will have the opportunity to provide written comments at each open house. Those who can’t attend one of the open houses can e-mail their comments by clicking here.

The deadline for comments is Nov. 9.

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