Public Meeting: Big SeaTac Airport Expansion Plans

The community is urged to come learn about the “Sustainable Airport Master Plan” designed to address and accommodate the expansion plans for the future of Sea-Tac Airport at an Open House on Wednesday, March 4 from 5 until 7 PM.  The location is Mount Rainier High School at 22450 19th Ave. S. in Des Moines.

At earlier meetings, Port Officials had revealed plans for huge expansion options to adapt to the expected boom in passengers over the next 20 years. Announcements were made regarding a new International Arrivals Facility planned for 2019, but that is only the beginning. Also on the drawing board are plans for 35 more airplane gates added to the north and south of the airport’s 81 current gates, and potentially an additional new passenger terminal. Further details on the expansion plans may be viewed at the Seattle Times Website

At this open house, you will hear from Port of Seattle staff and consultants about proposed concepts for sustainably accommodating forecast increases in air travel demand at Sea-Tac, and have an opportunity to share your ideas.

According to the Port, this long-term blueprint for airport development is called Sea-Tac’s Sustainable Airport Master Plan. It aims to meet the needs of the traveling public over the next 20 years in a way that takes the most sustainable approach possible. This includes reducing environmental impacts, ensuring economic performance and working with local communities. The plan covers airfield development within the current three-runway configuration, terminal development, roadway improvements, cargo and facility modernization and expansion possibilities. Impetus for this planning effort is continued strong passenger growth at the airport, which served more than 37 million passengers in 2014. Forecasts show this figure could be 52 million in 2024 and 66 million in 2034.

In addition to forecasting, this planning process is taking stock of current facilities, infrastructure, operations and passenger levels, and looking at scenarios that are five, 10 and 20 years in the future. It includes air quality, energy and water conservation, recycling and other strategic environmental goals, and will align with the port’s Century Agenda sustainability and energy efficiency goals. Completion of the plan will make Sea-Tac the first large hub U.S. airport to fully incorporate sustainability as a key master planning component.

Along with the future demand forecast and some early concepts for meeting the demand, the March 4 presentations will explain the process for creating and evaluating concepts and selecting the preferred choice or choices. An environmental review process—including public involvement — is scheduled for 2016, before the plan is finalized.

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When Disaster Calls - How Will You Resond?

The Cities of SeaTac, Burien & Kent RFA are offering the FEMA-sponsored Community Emergency Response Team training at no charge starting April 16, 2015.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates residents about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area well being and provide training on basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the lessons learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT program will provide 21 hours of training, plus a simulated disaster drill. Classes are held each Thursday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM for seven weeks. The final drill and graduation are held on Saturday, May 30 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

To register, contact:
CSO Mechee Burnett
Call 206.973.4917

When the next disaster strikes,
                         will you be sufficiently prepared to respond?

Avoiding Pitfalls and Making Connections

Getting around in the southwest Angle Lake area may become a bit more difficult before improved access will be realized! 

With multiple major construction projects planned or already underway in the neighborhood of what is now being referred to as the Angle Lake Station District, it certainly was expected that traversing the local roads would become more of a challenge due to lane closures and detours.  Plans have now been revealed for the creation of an additional surface street for making a transition link between 28th Ave and 24th Ave So.  The new road will be situated between the South 200th and 208th Streets. 

Project designs are nearing completion for this road improvement project which will extend 26th Avenue South from South 200th Street to the intersection of 24th Avenue South & South 208th Street. The new roadway segment will provide four general purpose lanes, left turn pockets, shared use path on both sides of the street, curb, gutter, storm water infrastructure, retaining walls, street lighting and signaling, landscaping, buried power and communication utilities.

This project completes a vital north/south corridor that provides a direct connection with the SeaTac Regional Justice Center, City of Des Moines, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the future Angle Lake Light Rail Station at South 200th Street, and multiple adjacent development properties.   The project is forward-compatible with the future State Route 509 Gateway Project. The planned construction will occur beginning summer 2015 and will continue through spring of 2017.

Additional projects in the area:
Be prepared to experience traffic delays and bring some extra patience when traveling through the Angle Lake Station District through the next couple years while the neighborhood undergoes tremendous growth and revitalization.