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Point Defiance Bypass Open House, Public Hearing Coming Up Later This Month

WSDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration have completed the project's environmental assessment. It would reroute Amtrak trains currently running past University Place through Lakewood.

Residents will get two chances to learn more about the state and federal government's plans to route Amtrak trains through Downtown Tacoma, Lakewood and Dupont, as well as voice their opinion this month.

Currently, the trains run past University Place near Chambers Creek Properties, as well as Point Defiance.

The state Department of Transportation is holding two public open houses on the Point Defiance Bypass Projct this month:

  • 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda Building, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood.
  • 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont.

At the DuPont meeting, officials will also conduct a public hearing and take testimony from residents. It will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WSDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration have completed the project's environmental assessment. (To read it, click here)

The project would reroute Amtrak trains that currently travel through the Port of Tacoma and Point Defiance through Downtown Tacoma, Lakewood and the DuPont area.

The Amtrak trains are expected to pass through Lakewood at some 79 miles per hour, almost twice the speed of the Sounder commuter train that began service Monday.

The public is invited to review project study findings, speak with project staff, and view project maps and displays at the two open houses.

One of the main recommendations in the assessment is to move the Amtrack Station to Freighthouse Square. The News Tribune examined the recommendation today.

We ask you, Patch users, are you comfortable with the Amtrak trains that are expected to travel through Lakewood?

unknownauthor October 09, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Inevitable. It's the fastest route and the right-of-way is already established. Only problem I see is traffic tie-ups and accidents along the route.
Brent Champaco October 09, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The state says one of the biggest tie-ups is the Port when freight traffic backs up. It will be interesting to see how the bypass will free that up. And as for traffic backups, yes, I'm scared.

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