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Light Rail Litigation Update and Commuter Support

May 29, 2017 - Recently, the City sent all residents a 4-page brochure in the mail (viewable here) containing valuable information about the upcoming changes to I-90 ramps, and the scheduled June 3 closure of the Center Roadway for light rail construction. In addition, new signage has been placed around the Island to alert drivers, and mobile electronic readerboards will be deployed this week.

The City urges Seattle-bound morning commuters in particular to explore every alternative possible (resources here), including flexible schedules and carpooling, in order to avoid the very heavy congestion expected as drivers navigate traffic while seeking to enter I-90.
 
In the intervening time, a number of related developments have arisen, summarized below. On the morning of Thursday, June 1, at 10:00am, King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus will hear the City's motion for preliminary injunction, requesting her to enjoin the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) from closing the I-90 center roadway and Sound Transit from commencing light rail construction there. 

Also on June 1, the City's appeals of prior Court rulings in other related aspects of its I-90 litigation will be heard by the State Supreme Court via a conference call. This is to determine if the Supreme Court will take direct review of the City's appeal; it is not a hearing on the merits.

As the June 3 closure looms, the City is exploring every means possible to provide aid and assistance to its residents; all are invited to join the City for a Community Traffic and Safety Meeting in mid-June to share personal traffic observations and help with adaptive planning. More details to be finalized.


Check the City's extensive Light Rail FAQ page for more in-depth detail.



 

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