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March 1, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Bellevue light rail

Sacrificing tranquil Mercer Slough

The light-rail route endorsed by the Bellevue City Council, would run very close to some of the most sensitive and valued natural habitat in the region. The council suggested the light-rail be “side running,” which would place it to the right of the northbound auto-traffic lanes along Bellevue Way and 112 Avenue Southeast and immediately adjacent to wetlands and the Mercer Slough.

It is extremely likely that much of the wetland area and part of the slough itself would be sacrificed. The wetland area along 112th Avenue Southeast is home to rabbits, ducks, turtles, herons and eagles. People enjoy canoeing from Lake Washington up through this tranquil part of the slough. A nearby light rail would destroy the peace and privacy making all of this possible.

The rejected B7 route, close to I-405, would not involve this extreme environmental destruction. A traffic engineer studied one potential location for a transfer station near I-405 and deemed it problematic, but other locations need to be considered and other educated opinions offered.

Future generations will not likely remember the details of situating a transfer station, but they will definitely hold us accountable for ruining one of the remaining gems of natural habitat in the Bellevue area.

— Shirley Crawford, Bellevue

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