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Tacoma Trestle Comment
Sound Transit is ready for another round of public comment on the Tacoma Trestle project that will replace the existing wooden, single-track train bridge to the east of Freighthouse Square and extend the passenger platform for increased capacity and improved reliability of passenger service.
The old wooden trestle structure is aging, and will need of structural upgrades in the next few years. It serves Sounder trains and will serve Amtrak when the Tacoma station moves to Freighthouse Square. The state's current schedule would reroute all Amtrak service by late 2017.
The new trestle will support a double-track rail bridge over South 26th and East G streets and crossover tracks. Other improvements will include building an expanded passenger platform to accommodate Amtrak passenger trains, making minor street repairs, relocating some utilities, replacing retaining walls at both ends of the bridge, and upgrading the railroad signals.
The design is now 60% done, and Sound Transit is asking for another round of public input.
In response to public input at the 30%-complete state, the overall goal here is for a "lighter and brighter" design and safer pedestrian experience, with portions of the wall lowered from the original design for better sight lines. It also removes an existing intermediate support column between East G and East 26th.
Comments also included requests that the design of the exit stairs reflect some element of Freighthouse Square, and that some art or aesthetic treatment be incorporated on the G Street side. This comment period asks for input on panel designs on the stairs, and a Milwaukee Railroad logo on the steel girder. Not exactly overly inspiring art, if you ask us, but maybe there's more to come. Final landscaping and fencing choices are still to be added, and Sound Transit will consider this current round of public comment.
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