City Council OKs undercrossing pact

June 29, 2010

By Staff

Despite some grumbling from members, the City Council approved a pact June 21 to help complete the Interstate 90 Undercrossing.

The city needed to secure right of way along 221st Place Southeast in order to complete paving and install a traffic signal where the road meets Southeast 62nd Street. The council approved a development agreement with property owners Doug and Linda Ebi for the right of way.

The council initially discussed the agreement June 7, but sent the proposal to committees for additional scrutiny after residents and council members raised environmental concerns about the pact.

Councilwoman Maureen McCarry said future development agreements should not be fashioned in the same way.

“I think that this is something that if we hadn’t had a signed agreement in front of us, we might have asked to look at it more closely,” Councilman Tola Marts said.

Crews started construction on the initial piece of the undercrossing last month. Construction should wrap by early fall.

Plans call for the completed roadway to run from the traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, form a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continue along 221st Place Southeast and then end at Southeast 56th Street.

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