Corps of Engineers Starts Restoration of Fremont Cut Colonnade

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, will proceed with phase two of restoration work March 3 along the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle. Phase two includes removing 29 poplar trees in the historic colonnade and planting 40. Eight existing young trees will be retained.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, will proceed with phase two of restoration work March 3 along the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle.

Phase two includes removing 29 poplar trees in the historic colonnade and planting 40. Eight existing young trees will be retained.

The Corps undertook an extensive coordination process regarding the plan with federal, state, local, Tribal, business, community groups and interested members of the public in 2000 and 2001. The Corps received federal concurrence from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the State Historic Preservation Office.

This comprehensive plan is broken into four phases, which are spread out through 2030. Phase three is scheduled to start in 2018.

The Corps operates the Lake Washington Ship Canal, including the Fremont and Montlake Cuts and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. The Lake Washington Ship Canal Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and must be maintained according to federal preservation standards.

The Corps’ plan is to restore the aging poplar colonnade in a historically appropriate manner and to replant shrubs and ground covers that have been lost over time. The plan is a comprehensive, practical and environmentally sensitive plan to guide the Corps’ management activities.

The Burke-Gilman Trail may be closed for brief periods during this work, which is scheduled from March 3 – 14. We apologize for any inconvenience. For questions on trail closures, please contact Dewey Potter at 206-684-7241.

Current information about activities at the locks can be found at: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil, select "Dams and Locks" then "Lake Washington Ship Canal" from the leftmost column.

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