Repair the Alaskan Way Viaduct so that we can prepare to tear it down in an orderly fashion
Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck offers what should be the grand compromise to get us out of this absurd no-win Seattle viaduct debate.
Councilmember Steinbrueck writes:
"I'm not opposed to fixing up the viaduct in the short term, while we figure out a better long term sustainable solution to dealing with the traffic. I absolutely can't see spending a ton of money on a short term fix. Rather, just do the minimum, and invest heavily in surface and transit improvements (Ron Sims' 49 little things, and Danny Westneat's 1000) that would ease off the demand for using the viaduct."
I couldn't agree more.
I hope that Steinbrueck's practical, wise and timely suggestion will stimulate discussion and debate both here on this blog and of course throughout the community. Will there be questions? Of course. But I hope they are real questions and not disguised propaganda.
Btw, Steinbrueck's proposal is needed now more than ever. By my reading, the Tunnel balloon has been definitively popped:
The RTID executive board voted unanimously to increase its contribution to the replacement of the Evergreen Point Bridge, which carries state Route 520 between Seattle and the Eastside. The increase, from $800 million to $1.1 billion, ..... The decision to pony up more for the bridge came as RTID reshaped its initial list of proposed projects, drafted a year ago.....The biggest cut was eliminating an $800 million contribution to a six-lane, double-decked tunnel to replace part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. ..... The $800 million has been "reprogrammed," RTID project manager Kjris Lund said...
"Reprogrammed" is governmentese for a knife between the ribs.