Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Port of Seattle grade separation receives funds

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A rendering of the grade separation on 228th Street above Union Pacific tracks. A rendering of the grade separation on 228th Street above Union Pacific tracks. Port of Seattle

A planned grade separation that will improve traffic flow and safety received funding from the Port of Seattle Commission on May 23.

 

The commission approved $595,000 toward the $25-million project that will construct an overpass along south 228th Street over the Union Pacific tracks. The port says the project improves regional connections between thousands of businesses, employers and 40 million square feet of warehouse and industrial space.

"The Port of Seattle recognizes the need to keep freight, and all other traffic, moving throughout our region," said Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. "Grade separations like these are critical to remove traffic bottle necks, especially areas in the Kent Valley that handle the second largest freight and cargo volumes on the West Coast."

"The success of both the Port of Seattle and the Kent Valley's robust manufacturing, warehouse and distribution activity depends upon safe, reliable, timely connections to the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, and increasingly to Sea-Tac Airport," said Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke. "Kent's S. 228th Street has been designated as a key freight route, attracting Port customers who value timely access. The elimination of the choke point at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing will help ensure our region's future as a premier manufacturing and distribution center of world-wide importance."