New $1.72 billion ‘Gateway’ project would finally connect SR-509 to I-5
“Let’s finish what we started with the I-5/SR 509 corridor,” an announcement reads. “No other project is as valuable in terms of job creation, economic vitality, increased capacity, vehicle and freight mobility, safety, and environmental enhancements.”
The Gateway Project was formed by Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) with the announcement of a potential new transportation construction and revenue package earlier this year. The SR-167, SR-509 and I-5 Puget Sound Gateway Project would relieve traffic congestion and improve freight mobility by completing the long-planned SR-167 and SR-509 corridor connections to I-5.
The new website for the SR 509/I-5 portion of the project – www.TimeFor509Now.org – was produced by the coalition, which includes the Port of Seattle, the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila, area chambers, labor and business interests that will benefit from the improved access and new job creation.
The website includes an option for organizations, businesses and individuals interested to get involved and add their names to the list of supporters.
Construction could begin as early as 2016 if funding is received in the 2013 transportation budget. Cost for the Gateway is estimated at $1.72 billion over 10 years.