I just about fell out of my chair when I read this oped piece in the Seattle Times tonight.
Former legislator and state Supreme Court justice Phil Talmadge and Max Baerwaldt, the Seattle businessman who led the campaign against Proposition 1, were the authors. They contended that Plan B, now that Prop. 1 is dead, is to be “lean, green and now.”
But what stunned me was the following paragraph:
We must fix what we have first. We can all agree there are certain actions that simply must take place from a safety or mobility standpoint. Certain road- and bridge-replacement projects like the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma, the U.S. Highway 2 trestle in Everett, the Highway 520 floating bridge, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the South Park Bridge all need immediate attention. Innovative methods that minimize disruption to existing traffic flows should be used for these improvements.
The Murray Morgan Bridge? What planet are these guys on? I’d dearly love to save the historic bridge, but it’s beyond saving. It’s not even close to being a major transportation corridor. Even if we had the $80 million or so that it would take to rebuild it, Pierce County has a lot more pressing transportation priorities than that.
Suggesting that fixing the Murray Morgan Bridge is comparable in urgency to rebuilding or replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct or the 520 bridge is so absurd that I suspect neither of the authors have ever laid eyes on it.