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key focus of the I-5 to Medina Project is sustainability in design and construction. The SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program is the first program in the U.S. working to implement measurable sustainability criteria across an entire corridor. These criteria seek to improve the environmental, social, and economic welfare of communities affected by construction and operation of public infrastructure. The following are some examples of how WSDOT has worked to integrate sustainable practices into corridor design and construction to benefit the surrounding community, in particular its historic and cultural resources.
Working with community members and stakeholders, we have explored innovative ways to reduce project effects by diminishing infrastructure impacts on the natural environment and reducing construction-related noise and pollution. Some specific examples of ways we’re reducing impacts include:
- Design refinements to the West Approach Bridge that reduce concrete volumes by nearly 50 percent, improve views, reduce environmental impacts and in-water construction, and help minimize the hauling of materials on local streets.
- Maximize use of locally sourced materials, which helps the regional economy, reduces transportation-generated greenhouse gases and pollution, and helps minimize the hauling of materials on local streets.