Mercer Wins, South Park Loses
The uncertain future of the
South Park Bridge grew more uncertain Wednesday, Feb 17, when it failed to
gain federal funding while the feds awarded $30 million to support a new
Two-Way Mercer proposal in South Lake Union.
Seattle, King County
and Tukwila officials argued for years about who should pay how much money
to fix the crumbling bridge that connects South Park to the rest of south
Seattle. King County sought about $100 million from the federal funding
source to help fix the bridge. County officials say the bridge is so
unsafe they may have to close it to traffic before the end of this
If closed, much of the bridge traffic would divert to the
already crowded First Avenue South draw bridge. The South Park Bridge
carries about 20,000 vehicles each day, with an unusually high volume of
The bridge is adjacent to the former site of Boeing
world corporate headquarters where commercial airplane chief Alan Mullaly
once let it slip to a news reporter that he felt our transportation
planning process "sucks." That was before Mullaly moved on to become CEO
of the newly resurgent Ford Motor Company. It was also before Boeing moved
its corporate headquarters to Chicago. It was also before the Boeing
Company announced it would build a new aircraft assembly line for the 787
in South Carolina instead of a new one
State of the City
New Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn delivered his first State of the
City address this week and next week three members of the City Council
will provide their views about City Hall during a community meeting
sponsored by the Manufacturing Industrial Council.
President Richard Conlin and council members Sally Bagshaw and Tim Burgess
will take part in a panel discussion and a question-answer session
February 23, from 4-5 pm, followed by a reception from 5-6 pm that will
offer attendees a chance to speak with the elected officials one-on-one.
The meeting will be held in Room 106 in Building B at the Puget
Sound Industrial Excellence Center at 6770 East Marginal Way in
Georgetown. RSVP to Pam at 206-762-2470 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. The reception will include refreshments.
Conlin was first elected to the council in 1997 after a lengthy
career in a variety of civic activities and he serves on the Sound Transit
board as well as the council. Bagshaw won her first council term last fall
and was a long time Chief Civil Deputy for King County Prosecutor Norm
Maleng. Burgess is a former Seattle police officer who later founded and
operated his own marketing firm. He was elected to the council in 2007.
It is an irrevocable rule of nature that all elected officials in
Seattle are green as green can be, but while the Mayor and council members
share many core values, they are leg wrestling over a number of issues
including last year's hard fought agreement with the state government to
replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep bore tunnel. McGinn believes
the tunnel plan is too auto-centric and will prove to be too expensive. He
wants to tear down the viaduct and replace it with road and transit
improvements including a new billion dollar light rail line between
Ballard and West Seattle.
The City Council is famously enthusiastic
about transit, bicycling, walking, swimming, hiking and all other
alternative modes of transportation, but nearly all council members want
to move ahead with the deep bore tunnel.
McGinn was elected mayor
last fall in his first effort to win an elected post after working as a
lawyer and serving as a successful community activist including a stretch
as president of the local Sierra Club. He defeated another political
newcomer, Joe Mallahan, who was backed by many business and labor groups.
McGinn ran a populist campaign with evolving public positions regarding
his plans for the viaduct.
You can find the Seattle Times
story about the mayor's State of the City address here.
Lots of Night Time
- Look out for construction on I-5 around I-90 interchange from 9:00pm
- 5:00am, such as the I-90 Off-Ramp to 4th Ave S, or the the left lane
of the southbound I-5 collector-distributor.
- Construction on I-405 around I-90.
- SR-99 Crews will close both directions of Alaskan Way between S.
Atlantic Street and Royal Brougham between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly
from Feb 22 - Mar 1.
East Marginal Way Grade Seperation
2010-mid 2011 Duwamish Ave S will be fully closed to through traffic
(except local access). In addition, the right lane of S Spokane St
between the river and East Marginal Way will be closed for the duration
of the project.
SR 509 between I-705 and Port of Tacoma Road
weather-dependent full closure of SR 509 is scheduled for Saturday,
February 20, 6 am - 8 pm to complete repairs on the Puyallup River
bridge. A signed detour will reroute motorists to I-705, I-5 and Port of
Crews to close NE 12th Street Bridge nightly in
BELLEVUE – Downtown Bellevue drivers will need to
find a new way around at night because crews will close the NE 12th
Street Bridge for nearly three weeks to create a construction work zone.
Beginning tonight, WSDOT will shut down NE 12th Street at night from
112th Ave NE to 116th Ave NE. The closure is scheduled to last until the
first week in March.
The closure is part of the I-405 – NE 8th
Street to SR 520 Braided Ramps Project known as the Bellevue Braids
because it builds a series of weaved ramps between NE Eighth Street and
SR 520 that look like braids. While the bulk of the $107.5 million
project funding comes from the 2005 Gas Tax, the Bellevue Braids
received $30 million from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment
The Seattle Department of Transportation
(SDOT) is significantly improving the South Spokane Street Viaduct , the
60-year-old elevated roadway that connects I-5 to the West Seattle
March 8 - early May - Crews will install a water main on
First Avenue S. between Hinds and Dakota Streets. Two travel lanes will
be open in each direction, which means 1 lane in each direction.
Bridge Stuck in Troubled Waters
Links to Success at Washington Chain
to the 737
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