Public invited to I-5 Bridge replacement advisory meetings

Those interested in the bi-state Interstate Bridge Replacement program are invited to attend public meetings held later this month for the Executive Steering Group, Community Advisory Group and Equity Advisory Group. All meetings will be hosted in Zoom to follow physical distancing guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19. The meetings also will be livestreamed on YouTube, and those without internet access will have the option to call in to listen to the meetings.

The steering group and advisory group meetings are important opportunities for the program to engage with the public, stakeholders, and partnering agencies from both states in an effort to find a bridge replacement solution that best serves the complex needs of all users.

The executive steering group met on Jan. 20. A community advisory group will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, and an equity advisory group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

A joint orientation to provide background on the program and process will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 for members of the community advisory and equity advisory groups. This meeting will take place via Zoom and will be livestreamed on YouTube for the public.

Public input on agenda items at regular meetings of the steering and advisory groups is welcome and can be shared via email, phone or online during each full meeting:

Email comments to info@interstatebridge.org with “Public Comment” in the subject line, noting which group(s) should receive the comment.

Call and state “Public Comment” in your message: 360-859-0494 or 888-503-6735 (toll-free)

Facilitators will provide an opportunity for online participants to give input during the meeting. More information is available on the executive steering group, community advisory group and equity advisory group.

Comments received 48 hours prior to the community meetings will be shared with the group members before the meetings, and all comments received prior to or at the meetings will be included in the meeting summaries. To request an accommodation, such as materials in alternate formats, email info@interstatebridge.org or call any of the phone numbers listed above at least 48 hours prior to the particular meeting.