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Community Council Meeting of July 9, 2008

Dewey Beach Fire Hall, 7:00 PM

Fuel costs, bridge capacity, and traffic safety are increasingly important issues to residents of both Fidalgo and Whidbey islands.

The South Fidalgo Community Council will host a town hall meeting to discuss traffic issues relating to State Highway 20, Deception Pass Bridge, and questions raised about a future new bridge from Whidbey Island to the mainland.

Washington State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, D-10th District, and Todd Harrison, assistant regional administrator, Washington State Department of Transportation, will field questions from the community.

Citizens are asked to register questions regarding local transporation issues ahead of the meeting. The council will forward questions to WSDOT and Senator Haugen in preparation for the meeting. Registering questions is not a pre-requisite for attending the meeting nor for speaking at the meeting; however, it will help the presenters to prepare to answer questions as fully as possible and to have present the necessary personnel to respond to inquiries.

Some 30,000 vehicles travel Highway 20 through Sharpe's Corner to Anacortes, I-5, and Whidbey Island. Deception Pass Bridge forms a vital link from Whidbey to the mainland. Passage of Highway 20 through a state park and rural south Fidalgo Island is raising questions about its ability to handle the growing traffic.

In addition, Deception Pass Bridge provides the only surface transportation link to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. NAS Whidbey is a strategically important facility for national defense and the home base for west coast Navy patrol and electronic warfare aircraft squadrons.

No minutes have been posted yet for this meeting. The Council's secretary posts minutes after approval at a subsequent meeting.