The state Department of Transportation announced today that it will review the effect of the Point Defiance Bypass project on its surrounding communities after all.
DOT will conduct a project-level, Environmental Assessment of the $91 million project, something for which Lakewood officials have repeatedly asked the state.
It isn’t clear how the environmental assessment, which officials say could take up to two years, will affect the $590 million the state received this year to improve passenger rail along the Interstate 5 corridor.
The state must build the bypass by 2017, or it could potentially lose the federal money.
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