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Engineering Department R.H. Thomson Freeway Records, 1958-1977

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Dept.
Title
Engineering Department R.H. Thomson Freeway Records
Dates
1958-1977 (inclusive)
Quantity
5.8 cubic feet, (7 boxes)
Collection Number
2614-04
Summary
Engineering and property records concerning a proposed freeway in Seattle.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions
Records are open to the public.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Seattle Engineering Department (SED) maintained the City's streets and bridges, designed and oversaw construction of public works projects, provided traffic and transportation planning, and operated the sewer and solid waste utility. The position of City Surveyor was created in 1873 to survey the City, establish boundaries and street grades, and administer condemnation processes. This position was renamed City Engineer in 1890.

In 1931, the Engineering Department absorbed part of the Department of Public Utilities, and in 1936, it assumed the responsibilities of the Department of Streets and Sewers and the Traffic Department. In 1997, the water, solid waste, drainage, and wastewater utilities from the Engineering and Water departments were merged with the Engineering Services Division of SED and the Customer Service Call Center and Construction Engineering Sections of City Light to form Seattle Public Utilities. The traffic and transportation functions of the Engineering Department were consolidated in the Seattle Transportation Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Reports, surveys, correspondence, meeting minutes, presentational material, photographs, maps court papers, and property appraisals relating to R. H. Thomson Freeway planning. Subjects addressed include earthquake studies, routes, a tunnel under Union Bay, property acquisition and management, the Arboretum and City Council hearings. The freeway was begun but never finished.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Engineering Department R.H. Thomson Freeway Records , Record Series 2614-04. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Correspondence, 1958-1977Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Agreements, Temp Connection to Evergreen Point Bridge
1961-1969
1/2
Correspondence
1958-1959
1/3
Correspondence
1960
1/4
Correspondence
1961
1/5
Correspondence
1961
1/6
Correspondence
1961
1/7
Correspondence
1962
1/8
Correspondence
1963
1/9
Correspondence
1964
1/10
Correspondence
1965
1/11
Correspondence
1965
1/12
Correspondence
1965
1/13
Correspondence
1966
1/14
Correspondence
1966
1/15
Correspondence
1966
1/16
Correspondence
1967
1/17
Correspondence
1967
1/18
Correspondence
1967
2/1
Correspondence
1967-1968
2/2
Correspondence
1968
2/3
Correspondence
1968
2/4
Correspondence
1968
2/5
Correspondence
1968
2/6
Correspondence
1968
2/7
Correspondence
1969
2/8
Correspondence
1969
2/9
Correspondence
1969
2/10
Correspondence
1969
2/11
Correspondence
1969
2/12
Correspondence
1969-1971
2/13
Correspondence
1972-1977

Reports and Surveys, 1962-1972Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/14
Reconnaissance Report Canal to Bothell Way
1962
2/15
Temporary Connection of Evergreen Point Bridge
1962-1968
2/16
Transportation Study, Eastern Seattle
1969-1972
2/17
Canal Crossing, Relative Merits of Bridge vs. Tunnel
1965
2/18
Concept Studies
1967
2/19
Crossing Union Bay, Design Report
1967
2/20
Crossing Union Bay, Design Study
1967
2/21
Crossing Union Bay, Earthquake Investigations
1968
2/22
Crossing Union Bay, Property Progress Seismological Observation
1964
3/1
Crossing Union Bay, Earthquake Test Program
1969
3/2
Crossing Union Bay, Seismological Observation
1965
3/3
NE 45 St Interchange, Interim Plan 11, C Mod 2 and Alt 2
1967
3/4
NE 50 to NE 60, Plans Above and Below Railroad Track
1967
3/5
North of Canal, Cost Estimate for Plan 200-18
1964
3/6
North of Canal, N.E. 65 Versus N.E. 75
1964
3/7
North of Canal, Preliminary Interchange Study
1965
3/8
North of Canal, Right of Way Cost Estimates
1965
3/9
North of Canal, Railroad Bridge Near 47th Street
1965
3/10
Preliminary Study of Major Arterial Street (95th- 110th
1964
3/11
Route Hearing for Arboretum Interchange to 97th Street
1965
3/12
North of Canal, 50th and Sand Point Expr Route Loc Study
1965
3/13
North of Canal, Traffic Volume Studies, Volume 1
1965
4/1
Study of Incorporate Rapid Transit with Freeway
1967
4/2
Technical Supplement Empire Expressway Crossing
1965
4/3
North of Canal, Traffic Volume Studies, Volume 2
1965
4/4
North of Canal Traffic Volume Studies
1965
4/5
Canal To Bothell Way Traffic Volumes
1965
4/6
Union Bay Crossing Delay Studies
1967

Court Section Files, 1959-1976Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/7
Thomson Way Restudy
1969
4/8
Title Reports, E. Madison St to E. Calhoun St
1961
4/9
Title Reports, E. Madison St to E. Calhoun St
1961
4/10
Title Reports, E. Madison St to E. Calhoun St
1961
4/11
Title Reports, E. Madison St to E. Calhoun St
1961
4/12
E. Madison to E. Union (Incl. Photographs)
1966-1969
4/13
E. Aloha to E. Union
1961-1967
4/14
E. Calhoun to E. Aloha
1961-1965
4/15
E. Calhoun to E. Aloha
1960-1961
4/16
Extension of Empire Way Freeway From E. Roy to Calhoun St, Prelim Est. of Condemnation Expense
1960
4/17
RH Thomson Expressway Correspondence
1971-1976
4/18
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
1969-1970
4/19
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 2525 E. McGraw St (Incl Photographs)
1969
4/20
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 2311 26th Ave E. (Incl. Photograph)
1969
4/21
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 2532 E. Lynn St
1970
4/22
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 2528 E. Lynn St
1969
4/23
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 2524 E. Lynn St
1969
4/24
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 2038 26th Ave E.
1969
4/25
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 1906 26th Ave E.
1969
4/26
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 1902 26th Ave E.
1969
4/27
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 1760 26th Ave E.
1969-1970
4/28
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 1726 26th Ave E.
1969-1970
4/29
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 1508 Arboretum Pl
1969-1970
4/30
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 1422 26th Ave E.
1969
4/31
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 1408 26th Ave E.
1969
4/32
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, 1222 26th Ave E.
1969
4/33
RH Thomson Expressway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, Vacant Lots #16 (Incl Photographs)
undated
5/1
City - State Agreements
1961-1962
5/2
Limited Access Plan, E. Aloha St to E. Calhoun St, Map
1961
5/3
Tube Crossing (Union Bay) Photos, Drawings, Maps
undated
5/4
Tube Crossing (Union Bay)
1961-1966
5/5
Tube Crossing (Union Bay)
1961-1963
5/6
Tube Crossing (Union Bay)
1964-1967
5/7
Test Borings on Lake Washington Canal
undated
5/8
Empire Way Expressway: Arboretum Conn-Temp
1962-1963
5/9
E. Calhoun to E. Aloha
1969-1970
5/10
E. Calhoun to E. Aloha Hardship Cases (Individuals)
1961-1969
5/11
E. Calhoun to E. Aloha Hardship Cases (Individuals)
1969
5/12
E. Calhoun to E. Aloha Hardship Cases (Individuals)
1971
5/13
Arboretum Appraisals
1961
5/14
Arboretum, Incl. Appraisals
1962
5/15
Property Maps
undated
5/16
Photographs - Aerial and Others
undated
5/17
Route - E. Calhoun to E. Aloha History
1961-1969
5/18
Route, R. H. Thomson
1959-1966
5/19
Route, Arboretum Interchange to Bothell (Incl. Photographs)
1961-1966
5/20
Arboretum Interchange
1961-1969
5/21
Route Hearing, 6/16/1961, Arboretum Interchange to Union St.
1961-1966
5/22
Hearing 9/13/1963 Exhibits
1961-1962
5/23
RH Thomson Expressway Limited Access I
1961-1962
5/24
RH Thomson Expressway Limited Access I
1961
5/25
Route Hearing: Arboretum to N. 97th (Includes Photographs)
1963
5/26
RH Thomson Expressway Limited Access II Hearing
1962-1963
5/27
RH Thomson Expressway Limited Access II Hearing (Includes Photographs)
1962
6/1
RH Thomson Expressway Limited Access II Hearing
1965
6/2
RH Thomson Expressway Limited Access II Hearing
1965
6/3
RH Thomson Limited Access III, Washington Supreme Court Brief
undated
6/4
RH Thomson Limited Access III, 5/27/1965 Hearing
1965
6/5
RH Thomson Limited Access III
1965
6/6
RH Thomson Limited Access III Filmed Drawings
undated

City Council Hearing Transcripts, 1961-1965Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/7
Streets and Sewers Committee, Limited Access Features, Calhoun St to Aloha St
1961
7/1
Committee of the Whole, RHT, E. Calhoun St to E. Aloha St, 4/30/1962
1962
7/2
Committee of the Whole, RHT, E. Calhoun St to E. Aloha St, 5/3/1962
1962
7/3
Route Hearing, Arboretum Interchange to NE 97, 9/13/1963
1963
7/4
Meeting, State Highway Commission With Mayor and Council, 9/26/1963
1963
7/5
Public Hearing, RHT, E. Aloha St to E. Calhoun St, 5/27/1965
1965
7/6
Public Hearing, RHT, E. Aloha St to E. Calhoun St, 10/11/1965
1965
7/7
1st Ave South Bridge Aerial Photos
1963