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M St. SE to Re-Open July 22

The long-awaited opening of Auburn’s M St. SE underpass will take place on Monday, July 22 after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. The project, which began construction in February 2012, separates M St. SE from the at-grade Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway’s Stampede Pass rail crossing.

“We know the closure of M Street SE has been a major inconvenience for our citizens,” said Mayor Pete Lewis. “But now, the road will be safer and more functional for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as alleviate traffic congestion well into the future.”

Funding for the project came from multiple sources, including contributions from the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, BNSF Railway, the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), the Washington State Freight Mobility and Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB), the Washington State Public Works Trust Fund Board, Federal grants, King County Department of Natural Resource and Parks-Wastewater Treatment Division, and local funds. The total cost of the project is $22.3 million.

The ribbon cutting will take place at the intersection of 4th St. SE and M St. SE. The public is invited to attend.