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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Marilyn Hemmann, Intercity Transit Procurement and Capital Projects Manager,  705-5833
Keith Eisner, Thurston County PIO, 786-5245

Hawks Prairie Park and Ride Construction May Cause Minor Odors

Construction of the new Hawks Prairie Park & Ride Lot, located at the county's Waste and Recovery Center (WARC), may result in minor and temporary odors. The work of extending the system which processes methane gas may intermittently produce brief episodes of odor, which are harmless according to the county's Environmental Health Department. This phase of the work will begin around May 23 and is expected to conclude by the end of June.

Slated for completion in late fall, the new park & ride, located off I-5 exit 111, will support commuter travel through the congested region. The lot has been under development for several years by Intercity Transit, with support from Thurston County, the City of Lacey, and WSDOT. The new facility is in response to commuter demand, which peaked following the closure of another park and ride in the region in 2006. It will include 332 parking spaces, ten stalls for people with disabilities, five electric vehicle charging stations and 24/7 video surveillance.

When complete, the Hawks Prairie Park & Ride will double the park and ride capacity in Thurston County. The two existing park & ride lots are located at Martin Way and I-5 exit 109 and at the Amtrak Centennial Station along Yelm Highway.

For information, please contact, Marilyn Hemmann, Intercity Transit Procurement and Capital Projects Manager, 705-5833 or mhemmann@intercitytransit.com



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3