Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fix is on for Viaduct, opposition files initiative to stop it

Fix is on for Viaduct, opposition files initiative to stop it: "An agreement ending years of discord over replacing the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct will cost $4.24 billion and entails a new state Route 99 corridor from the sports stadiums to South Lake Union in a tunnel, restoring the land to a four-lane surface street.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, King County Executive Ron Sims, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, and Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani Tuesday formally announced their agreement to replace the highway along Seattle's central waterfront with a deep bored tunnel under downtown Seattle."

Personally, I think we should have repaired/rebuilt the viaduct but I'm not totally opposed to a tunnel as long as the new waterfront is not just going to become "Condo Heaven" like the waterfront down by the cruise ship terminal.

What we really need down on the waterfront is a nice large park with a kids play area and a venue that can be used for the outdoor concerts and events that used to be held on Pier 62/63 before it was deemed to be unsafe in 2004. The Summer Nights concert series has bounced around ever since and have been cancelled several years.

I will try to remain optimistic but with Mayor "Suck up to the Developers" Nickels in office it's kind of hard.

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