By Melanie G. Coon, Media Relations Manager, Cascades High Speed Rail Program
More than 100 Lakewood area residents took the opportunity to learn more about the Point Defiance Bypass rail project at the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association meeting Jan. 6. The Point Defiance Bypass is a capital rail project proposing to reroute passenger trains from a heavily congested freight route around Point Defiance to an existing rail line built in 1891 that runs through south Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont.
The Association invited the Washington State Department of Transportation’s project team to give an overview of the project and to listen directly to community concerns voiced by residents. Noise, traffic and safety concerns topped the list. As part of its current Environmental Assessment process, WSDOT is required to mitigate or reduce potential impacts of the project.
Members of the project team highlighted strategies standard in other projects, as well as revealed ideas that have a strong chance of getting implemented that could address concerns and benefit the community. WSDOT will continue to keep an open dialogue with the communities affected by the project as it publishes updated studies this spring and summer.
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