Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in cooperation with Gov. Jay Inslee have announced the next steps that will be taken to improve the public health and public safety of those living under I-5 or in the East Duwamish Greenbelt. The future of this area has been debated in Seattle over the last few months.

During the 2016 Legislative Session, Sen. Reuven Carlyle worked diligently with his colleagues to ensure that the final language in the transportation budget included a collaborative, holistic, and appropriate approach to addressing the situation.

House Bill 2524 was signed into law by Gov. Inslee on  March 25, 2016.  Section 207, sub-section 7 of the bill states that one million dollars “is provided solely for safety improvements and operations relating to homeless encampments along Interstate 5…The department shall coordinate the timing of the safety improvements with the City of Seattle and King County to ensure that a collaborative and comprehensive approach is taken to address emergency conditions in support of the city’s transitional services.”

To read the Mayor’s Press Release and to find out more about the City of Seattle’s plans, click here.