New Plans for Viaduct
I’ve wondered what happened to all the press regarding progress on solving the viaduct problem. The city voted on two proposals for the viaduct last year and both were rejected. With the price of oil skyrocketing, it’s difficult to support money spent on enhancing roadways for motor vehicles. However, our first goal is to convince more future buyers who work and play downtown to pull up their britches and create some movement. Anyhow, here was an interesting excerpt from today’s Seattle Times article.
The new plan would tap Mercer-area landowners for $36 million in money or streetside property. The Spokane Street budget includes $50 million in state Alaskan Way Viaduct funds earmarked for traffic relief. More bonds would be sold, cash would be diverted from a project at South Lander Street and utility funds would be spent to bury lines underground at Mercer.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed March 22-23, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, for its semiannual inspection. The Battery Street Tunnel will remain closed overnight. During this closure, on Saturday, March 22, we will hold short walking tours of the viaduct. Visit Public Events for RSVP information.Email