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Running Round the Lake
Fairview Bridge Replacement
Shoreline Code - Vessel Definition Ordinance 

Aurora Bridge
Board Meeting Minutes


The Floating Homes Association Annual General Meeting will be held onThursday, April 18th at the Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (get directions here). The meeting will be 6-9, with dinner from 6-7 and the meeting from 7-9. Light dinner and refreshment will be served, with wine, beer and soft drinks. The agenda will include an introduction of the Board, and proposals to reelect, a brief talk by the Harbor Patrol, a short presentation by the city's neighborhood outreach program, a presentation about Terry Pettus Park issues and opportunity, FHA plans for 2020, Fairview Bridge status, Aurora Bridge update, and Puget Soundkeepers,

Running Round the Lake
The Tenacious Ten 10K & 10 Mile Race Saturday is on April 20th @ 8 am. About 2500 people will take part, starting at Gas Works Park. The organizers have kindly given us a heads up on the likely impact. The race will start and finish at Gas Works Park, with amplified sound between 7:15-8:00 am & 8:50-11:30 am. The race course route closes at 10:30 am, however, there may still be runners on the run course. A map of the full race course (and details of how to register if you would like to join in) can be viewed at For questions or additional information, please contact The following roads will be closed and re-opened at designated times:
  • Northlake Way between Meridian & 6th Ave NE – 7:55-8:30 am
  • Right lane of NE 40th Southbound to Roosevelt Way – 7:55-8:30 am
  • Right lane of University Bridge Southbound – 7:55-8:30 am
  • Eastlake right lane Southbound to Fairview – 7:55-9:15 am
  • Fairview bike lane Southbound – 7:55-9:15 am
  • Westlake Ave right lane Northbound to Fremont Bridge – 7:55-10:30 am
  • Fremont Bridge turn lane onto N 34th St – 7:55-10:30 am
  • N 34th St bike lane Eastbound to Northlake Way – 7:55-8:30 am
Fairview Ave Bridge Replacement - A message from Wren McNally (City Outreach Manager) 
Our schedule has shifted slightly: detour preparation work is scheduled to begin in summer, in advance of full bridge closure this fall. This information is updated on our project webpage. We plan to host public informational sessions this summer as we begin work, so we will keep you updated. Anyone interested to join our project email list can also sign up directly from our webpage. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  

Information about sediment contamination in the project area - Detailed environmental reports produced in compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) are available on our project webpage (under the Materials section at the bottom). SEPA Appendix C: Hazardous Materials discipline report provides an analysis of sediment contamination and expected environmental impacts of the project (see pages 27-35). The report includes a review of prior studies, as well a summary of soil and sediment testing conducted as part of the bridge rehabilitation study. State and federal cleanup levels are included in Tables 4 and 5. The analysis of potential effects and mitigation measures related to contaminated sediment are addressed on pages 36-51. In summary, no significant unavoidable adverse effects that cannot be reasonably mitigated for are anticipated for this project. As we described during the briefing, the turbidity curtain will be used to contain sediment and keep juvenile salmon out of the project area. 

Information about the sampling during construction - Testing will be performed during construction to monitor for turbidity. Typically, sampling is conducted at the onset or prior to of each type of soil generating activity. Monitoring activities will include pre-construction baseline sampling, lake water quality sampling and inspections for BMP compliance with construction specifications. |

Shoreline Code - Vessel Definition Ordinance - from Maggie Glowacki (Land Use Planner at City DPD)
SDCI is proposing to amend the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to increase the consistency of the use of terms in the code. The amendments would add additional language to the definition of vessel to clarify that the intent of the term “designed for navigation” is to transport people or goods over water. Additionally, the proposed amendments would add language to clarify what “used for navigation” means by including the term “capable of being used for navigation.” The term “capable of being used for navigation” would clarify that the use of the vessel isn’t dependent on the current owner of the vessel or the current condition of the vessel. The City of Seattle and Washington Department of Ecology are seeking comments on these proposed amendments to the City of Seattle’s SMP (Chapter 23.60A of the Seattle Municipal Code) contained in Council Bill 119471. The joint public comment period will run from April 1, 2019 through May 1, 2019 and a public hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 9:30 am at City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers Seattle City Hall, 2nd floor 600 Fourth Avenue. For additional information on the proposed amendments, the public comment period, and the public hearing please see the public notice in the Seattle Services Portal and SDCI’s Shoreline Master Program websiteContact Maggie Glowacki at (206) 386-4036 or with questions regarding the proposal.

Aurora Bridge April 5th Update - From Nicole Daniels @ WSDOT
Liberty crews are still working to install the floor system for the platform over Troll Avenue and North 34th Street in Fremont. The floor system is made of aluminum panels, so they vibrate easily and generate a fair amount of noise. Unfortunately they canceled work on Wednesday night, April 3, due to the winds. However, they worked last night, and plan to work from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday night, April 6, and early next week. Weather permitting, we anticipate the containment installation work will be completed by Wednesday, April 10, at the latest. We greatly appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. Liberty is taking some time off in the upcoming weeks for the Easter and Orthodox Easter holidays. With that being said, no work will occur on Sunday, April 21, or April 26-28. As we mentioned last week, our contractor is planning to start the Aurora Bridge paving work this spring. Paving could require up to 10 weekend-long lane reductions across the bridge – when only a single lane will be open in each direction. During this time, crews will work in sections to grind off the old pavement, repair the bridge deck and expansion joints, install a waterproof membrane to protect the bridge deck, and repave the bridge with fresh asphalt. The potential weekend dates are still being discussed, so as soon as we have more information we will let you know. My colleague, Tom Pearce, will be back in the office on Monday, April 8. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out. For health or safety concerns, please notify WSDOT and Liberty’s health and safety officer, Nick Capuzello, at 917-440-0526 or For noise complaints, or to request free earplugs, please call the toll-free hotline: 1-888-808-4DOT (4368).
Sincerely, Nicole Daniels, WSDOT Communications, 206.440.4479

Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes from the FHA board meetings for February and March have been posted to the website. You can view them here.

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