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FAST Project Summary

"Increasing congestion in the vicinity of the deep-water ports of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma was becoming a threat. Part of the solution is the Freight Action STrategy Corridor (FAST). As of January 2003, ten of the 15 phase I projects are complete or nearly complete, and the rest are scheduled for implementation in 2003-06"

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"Washington State's Freight Action Strategic (FAST) Corridor is a trade gateway for all of North America. As the most trade-dependent state in the nation, Washington's economy and workforce relies heavily upon the movement of goods between Asia and the U.S."

Senator Patty Murray
United States Senate
January 2003

Senator Murray
"The Port of Seattle is a vital gateway for Pacific Rim imports and provides access to markets around the world for factories and farms here in the Puget Sound and across Washington State. The SR 519 and East Marginal Way grade separations will speed cargo through Seattle's harbor, ease traffic congestion and improve safety. These projects will enhance the economic vitality of the waterfront and the region."

Commissioner Bob Edwards
Port of Seattle, Washington
January 2003

Commissioner Bob Edwards, Port of Seattle, Washington
"The Third Street Southwest project is a local project with national ramifications," said city of Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis. "This is the result of how partnerships between government, private industry, the ports and railroads can work together to get the job done. The partnership settled upon a list of projects and first agreed to back each other's projects. They set the costs, a timeline to get the work done and committed the funds to do the work. Now we say the same thing each time another FAST corridor project is completed; 'On time, In Budget' is our rallying cry and our statement of how these partnerships can work."

Mayor Pete Lewis
City of Auburn, Washington
January 2003

Mayor Pete Lewis, City of Auburn, Washington
"As important as freight projects are to the region's economy, without the partnerships that came together to identify key projects and combine resources to provide the necessary funding, most of these projects would not be able to go to construction. Through the partnerships, corridor solutions were developed rather than just individual unaligned projects."

Karen Schmidt, Executive Director
Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB)
Washington State
January 2003

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Map of the FAST Corridor Phase I projects There are 15 projects in FAST Phase 1 of which 3 are complete, six are under construction and another is scheduled to be complete the spring of 2003. This map shows the FAST corridor with 15 projects of Phase 1 in red and 10 projects of Phase 2 in blue.
Port of Tacoma Road Overpass, Tacoma WA
'Before' shot taken west of the Port of Tacoma Road over crossing "During" shot taken west of the Port of Tacoma Road overpass.
Date: November 2000
'After' shot taken in the fall of 2001 showing the Port of Tacoma Road overcrossing. The project included a new interchange with State Route 509 for improved access to north- and southbound SR 509. The new overpass carries port traffic over SR 509 and mainline railroad tracks, eliminating an at-grade crossing, improving safety and access to railroad terminals and the port. "After" shot taken in the fall of 2001 showing the Port of Tacoma Road overpass. The project included a new interchange with State Route 509 for improved access to north- and southbound SR 509. The new overpass improved freight flow and passenger rail service, safety and access to the port, including military access, resulting in enhanced security.
Date: Fall 2001

3rd Street SW Overpass, Auburn WA

Before shot showing the 3rd Street SW "During" shot showing the 3rd Street SW overpass being constructed. It will ultimately carry vehicles over the railroad tracks reducing the conflicts between rail and roadway traffic.
Date: June 2002
After shot showing the completed overpass "After" shot showing the completed overpass (top right)
Date: August 2002

S. 277th Street, Kent/Auburn WA

Before shot taken showing the location where an overpass will be constructed to carry vehicles over the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad tracks. "Before" shot taken at the Burlington Northern /Santa Fe crossing and S. 277th Street.
Date: January 2002
'During' shot showing the construction underway of one of the two overpasses being constructed. "During" shot taken showing an overpass being constructed to carry vehicles over the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
Date: January 2002
'After' shot taken in October 2002 before the ribbon-cutting ceremony showing the completed overpass. "After" shot taken in October 2002, before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, showing the completed S. 277th Street overpass over the BNSF railroad tracks
Date: October 2002
California Street, Everett WA
California Street Over-crossing in Everett, WA showing a 'during' shot of the ramp approach from the downhill side, looking northeast. California Street Overpass in Everett, WA showing a "during" shot of the ramp approach from the downhill side, looking northeast.
Date: November 2002
California Street Over-crossing in Everett, WA showing a 'during' shot of the cross section of the bridge under construction with the end of a train going under the bridge. California Street Overpass in Everett, WA showing a "during" shot of the structural steel work for the bridge structure looking southwest from above.
Date: November 2002
California Street Over-crossing in Everett, WA showing a 'during' shot of the structural steel work for the bridge structure looking southwest from above. California Street Overpass in Everett, WA showing a "during" shot of the cross section of the bridge under construction with the end of a train going under the bridge.
Date: November 2002
SR 519/Royal Brougham, Seattle WA
A FAST project that is under construction and will be built in two phases: phase 1 is scheduled for completion in 2004. The project will improve access to the Port of Seattle and Seattle's waterfront, including ferry terminals, and industrial area. A FAST project that is under construction and will be built in two phases: phase 1 is scheduled for completion in 2004. The project will improve access to the Port of Seattle and Seattle's waterfront, including ferry terminals, and industrial area.

This construction photo is looking west towards the Port of Seattle. The photo shows the construction of the Atlantic Street structure over the railroad tracks - BNSF mainline and spur lines - that will separate rail and roadway traffic, improving safety and streamlining traffic flow for freight, commuters and pedestrians.
Date: May 2002

Construction photo looking northwest at the Port of Seattle, downtown and Puget Sound. Construction photo looking northwest at the Port of Seattle, downtown and Puget Sound. Photo shows new bridge deck overlay on Atlantic Street structure, the I-90 eastbound/westbound ramps (middle) and the I-90 center roadway ramp for carpools and buses (far right). The I-90 eastbound ramps will be realigned, removing at-grade connections during phase one; westbound will be realigned, removing at-grade connections during phase two.
Date: September 2002
Image shows Port of Seattle artist's rendition of SR 519 improvements upon completion (phase 1, 2004; phase 2, 2006 if funds are made available). Image shows Port of Seattle artist's rendition of SR 519 improvements upon completion (phase 1, 2004; phase 2, 2006 if funds are made available).
Date: Computer generated future photo
Updated: 12/03/2012
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