Group proposes recycling old 520 bridge into public marina

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 11:34 PM

SEATTLE -- A new plan is being "floated" to recycle the old Evergreen Point Bridge across Lake Washington, and turn it into a public marina on Elliott Bay.

The idea, called Pioneer Harbor, is led by a group called Urban Public Waterfront Access.

"It's still quite viable," said the organization's leader Dave Petrich, "We think this could be a perfect area for a Mediterranean-style boat landing and marina."

The concept involves taking two of the bridge's 33 pontoons and dragging them to the Elliott Bay waterfront near Pier 50.  A public marina would be protected by the large concrete structures from the bridge.

"its pie in the sky right now," said Petrich, "We just want to get people excited about the idea."

The only problem is competition.  Today, builders of the new SR 520 bridge, Kiewtt/General/Manson, indicated no decision on recycling the bridge pontoons has been made.  However, there has been interest from as far away as Alaska.

There are also large scale waterfront plans being created by other civic leaders, preparing for a viaduct-less Seattle.

Petrich thinks his group's idea should be included in the conversation.  Signatures are starting to be gathered in support.

"You never know," he said, "I have dreamt about it."

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