Will the tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct be built?Howie P.S.: If you need more tunnel talk, check out the comments.
Last year the Legislature OK'd the $4.2 billion project, including $2.8 billion in state funding. Major construction is slated to begin next year. But both the House Speaker and Seattle's new mayor won't say whether the tunnel is a go.
On Wednesday Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, declined to answer a direct question about whether the project lawmakers signed off on would become reality.But until McGinn and Chopp flat out answer whether right now, a year before work on perhaps the biggest construction project in city history is scheduled to begin, they support the tunnel, people will continue read what they want into their actions.And the drama will only fuel the anti-Seattle sentiment in Olympia. Ten state senators have introduced a bill that would basically preclude Jet City from having any significant say in big state transportation projects being built in town.
Friday, January 15, 2010
"McGinn's move raises more questions about viaduct tunnel"
Chris Grygiel (seattlepi.com):