The Voice for Industry
|September 2, 2009|
||The South Park Bridge's Last
One of the benefits of being a member of the MIC, is that we go to meetings for you and stay abreast of the mischief that our local governmental agencies get into. Then we alert you when your action is necessary.
NOW is one of those times when YOUR ACTION is necessary.
The South Park Bridge has been falling apart for many years. For a number of years King County DOT has been telling us that they would have to take the bridge out of commission in 2010 if it was not replaced. The engineers have been holding it together with duct tape and baling wire while looking at new bridge alternatives and performing an EIS. That's all done now and we're just down to the money.
The last chance to make up the $100 million dollar gap is Round 2 of the federal stimulus "gotta be shovel ready" transportation grants. The County needs lots of public support letters to accompany their request or the South Park Bridge will get lost in the flood of other requests pouring in from all over the country.
DON'T USE THE SOUTH PARK BRIDGE AND JUST DON'T CARE?
The First Ave S Bridge is carrying the lion's share of the load already, right? Who cares if they close the South Park Bridge?
You might be right IF the South Park Bridge was only carrying local residents across the Duwamish River but IT'S NOT. The South Park Bridge has 20,000 crossings a day, 13% of them trucks and the locations of the businesses whose trucks are using the South Park Bridge are spread throughout the Duwamish and Tukwila industrial centers.
Maybe you're not one of those businesses. With so few crossings of the Duwamish River available, what would it mean to you if 1st S had to take on the additional 20,000 vehicles? It means that the current high congestion level right at the 1st S bridge goes into overflow. See what we mean?
Note that the graphic showing the traffic flow after the bridge is closed doesn't factor in any other interruptions - like say a little bit of construction.
When the COUNTY closes the South Park Bridge in 2010 and the CITY is rebuilding Spokane St and the PORT is building the new East Marginal Grade Separation and the STATE is reconfiguring the south end of SR99 by the stadiums - suddenly the roadways aren't big enough. As a matter of fact, the CITY, the PORT and the STATE all figured that the South Park Bridge would still be in place carrying traffic across the Duwamish River while their projects were under construction. But it won't be…and we're all gonna' feel the impact.
NO TIME TO WASTE
The grant's due next month. Put the attached letter of support on your letterhead and send it to King County Executive Kurt Tripp at email@example.com, with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do our part, let's hope the grant writers do their part very well, and that the project is shovel ready enough – 'cause it's the South Park Bridge's Last Chance.
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Football Might Cause Problems This Week
Thursday's Seahawk game could bring a lot of traffic – and congestion – to downtown Seattle. On Sept. 3, at 7 p.m., the Seahawks host the Oakland Raiders. The football game will probably attract more than 60,000 fans, and many will arrive early which could slow down the afternoon commute in downtown and the SODO area.
Husky kickoff on Saturday The University of Washington Huskies open the 2009 football season at home this Saturday, Sept. 5 with a 7:30 p.m. game against Louisiana State. The UW will offer free bus service to home games this season. Metro will provide direct bus service between Husky Stadium and the following park-and-ride lots: Kingsgate; Houghton; South Kirkland; Eastgate; South Renton; and Federal Way. The UW has contracted with Starline Coaches to provide service from the Shoreline and Northgate park-and-rides.
In addition to the park-and-ride service, riding to the stadium on game day is free on any Metro bus or Sound Transit Express Route 554 when you show your Husky ticket.
For more information, see Metro Online or the Huskies website.
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