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Seattle, Wa Western Yt Terminus Tidbit

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http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/Viaduct/

 

WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) is working on replacing the earthquake-vulnerable and functionally obsolete double-deck Alaska Way freeway viaduct and it looks like the favored choice for that replacement is a deep-bored tunnel. This will be an interesting and well worthy project to follow as everything works its way through and once complete, and assuming that the tunnel is in fact what will ultimately be built, will really open up the Puget Sound shoreline area at the Yellowstone Trail's western end, making for an ending that will be far more fitting and proper than what is there now.

 

Has there been any contact between the Yellowstone Trail guys and the City of Seattle and/or WSDOT?

 

Note that the Great Northern Railway (now BNSF) drilled a paralleling tunnel under downtown Seattle between their King Street Station and the north end of what is now the viaduct, bypassing Alaska Way, over 100 years ago.

 

Mike

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http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/Viaduct/

 

WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) is working on replacing the earthquake-vulnerable and functionally obsolete double-deck Alaska Way freeway viaduct and it looks like the favored choice for that replacement is a deep-bored tunnel. This will be an interesting and well worthy project to follow as everything works its way through and once complete, and assuming that the tunnel is in fact what will ultimately be built, will really open up the Puget Sound shoreline area at the Yellowstone Trail's western end, making for an ending that will be far more fitting and proper than what is there now.

 

Has there been any contact between the Yellowstone Trail guys and the City of Seattle and/or WSDOT?

 

Note that the Great Northern Railway (now BNSF) drilled a paralleling tunnel under downtown Seattle between their King Street Station and the north end of what is now the viaduct, bypassing Alaska Way, over 100 years ago.

 

Mike

 

 

As far as I know (and I don't really know much), there's been no contact about it. I very seriously doubt that the City of Seattle has even heard of such a thing as the Yellowstone Trail. The only mention of it that I know of is well outside of the city on the brick road portion.

 

-Eric

 

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The question was raised: "Has there been any contact between the Yellowstone Trail guys and the City of Seattle and/or WSDOT?"

 

Alice and I have corresponded with John King and Julie M. Koler

King County Historic Preservation Program

Office of Business Relations and Economic Development

701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000 [MS-BOA-EX-2000]

Seattle, WA 98104

206.296.8689 (phone)

 

We informed them about the YT and got info about the Red Brick Road part of the YT.

 

They have interest about but no real commitment to the YT.

 

 

King County (Seattle area) has a Historic and Scenic Corridors Project. See http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/k...orsProject.aspx

 

One of those corridors in the Sunset Hyway, partions of which were the YT. See http://your.kingcounty.gov/kcdot/roads/wcm...ldSunsetHwy.pdf

 

But the Red Brick Road area of the YT is not included and contacting the Corridors people would be potentially helpful. Any volunteers?

 

John Ridge

Yellowstone Trail Association

jridge@yellowstonetrail.org

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The question was raised: "Has there been any contact between the Yellowstone Trail guys and the City of Seattle and/or WSDOT?"

 

Alice and I have corresponded with John King and Julie M. Koler

King County Historic Preservation Program

Office of Business Relations and Economic Development

701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000 [MS-BOA-EX-2000]

Seattle, WA 98104

206.296.8689 (phone)

 

We informed them about the YT and got info about the Red Brick Road part of the YT.

 

They have interest about but no real commitment to the YT.

 

 

King County (Seattle area) has a Historic and Scenic Corridors Project. See http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/k...orsProject.aspx

 

One of those corridors in the Sunset Hyway, partions of which were the YT. See http://your.kingcounty.gov/kcdot/roads/wcm...ldSunsetHwy.pdf

 

But the Red Brick Road area of the YT is not included and contacting the Corridors people would be potentially helpful. Any volunteers?

 

John Ridge

Yellowstone Trail Association

jridge@yellowstonetrail.org

 

 

Hi John,

 

I'm willing to make a joint phone call with you (would do so in my role for the AR Foundation) - I believe it would be most beneficial to have you on the line. I wonder if Russ Lombard (current president of the American Road Foundation) might be willing to join us - he also lives in Washington state which might be helpful.

 

Let me know if you think this might be helpful.

 

Best,

Becky

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Wow. I am literally floored that King County is trying to do this. I'm very thankful too. I've been on some of the roads, but not most of them. I think I'll arrange a little day trip focusing on those. Hopefully next week. Maybe even this week if it EVER stops raining!

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