Milepost 31 Information Center
Milepost 31 closed on November 25, 2017. Its exhibits have been preserved in a virtual library: http://www.milepost31.com.
Why was Milepost 31 created?
The information center was required by a memorandum of agreement (pdf 510 kb) signed as part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project. The agreement was developed to address Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which requires agencies to take into account the effects of their projects on historic properties, such as those in the Pioneer Square Historic District.
Within the agreement, city and state preservation officers along with the Federal Highway Administration, national and local preservation groups, neighborhood organizations, and local tribes determined that a project information center was one way WSDOT could help keep Pioneer Square vibrant during construction.
The center exceeded the expectations of all parties involved in its creation, and won several awards along the way:
- King County Executive's John D. Spellman Award for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation, awarded in April 2012.
- Washington Museum Association for Project Excellence, awarded in April 2012.
- American Association for State and Local History merit award, awarded in May 2012.
- History in Progress Award, awarded in May 2012.
- Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives (FHWA), awarded in August 2012.