PORT OF SEATTLE

 

MEMORANDUM

 

 

COMMISSION AGENDA 

 

Item No. 

5e 

 

Date of Meeting 

May 12, 2009 

 

DATE:

 

April 28, 2009

 

TO: 

Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer

 

FROM:

 

Eric Hanson, Manager, Seaport Planning   

 

 

Christine Wolf, Regional Transportation Program Planner, Seaport   

SUBJECT:

 

Execution of easements with the City of Seattle Department of Transportation for a 
Dynamic Message Sign at Terminal 5. 

ACTION REQUESTED: 

Authorization for the Chief Executive Officer to approve and execute easements with the City of Seattle 
Department of Transportation, substantially in the form shown in Exhibit A, for the installation and 
maintenance of certain equipment necessary for a Dynamic Message Sign providing current traffic 
information to trucks leaving Terminal 5. 

SYNOPSIS   

Approval of this request allows the execution of easements with the City of Seattle Department of 
Transportation for the installation, maintenance, and operation of a Dynamic Message Sign at the 
entrance of Terminal 5. (See Exhibits B and C.) The sign will be used to inform truck drivers leaving the 
terminal of traffic conditions and bridge openings, allowing them to make informed routing decisions, 
avoid congestion, and reduce idling. 

BACKGROUND   

On April 21, 2009, the Commission passed Resolution 3615, authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to 
enter into an agreement with the City of Seattle to make a direct contribution of $500,000 the City’s 
Duwamish Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) project. The Port’s contribution helps fund several 
Dynamic Message Signs in the Duwamish, including a Dynamic Message Sign (requested by Port of 
Seattle staff) facing the out gate of Terminal 5. The sign will be placed in the planting strip at the 
touch-down of the access ramp, facing the Terminal gate. The sign will be located in the lease area, but 
outside the operational area of the Terminal. The Terminal operator supports placement of the sign 
because it helps facilitate the movement of trucks. There is no additional budget impact. 
 

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