Tomorrow was supposed to be the deadline by which Gov. Chris Gregoire, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and King County Executive Ron Sims were going to decide how to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Ain’t gonna happen.
The trio are putting off their decision until January, or so they say. (Their decision is merely a recommendation to the Legislature anyway.)
So far, the state has committed $2.4 billion for that project, or maybe it’s $2.8 billion. Quite frankly, I can’t tell anymore because the Legislature created these particularly muddy pools of money to disguise exactly how much money will be spent on the mega-projects because there isn’t enough money to go around.
Anyway, the costs of the 8 options still on the table (yes, there are 8, even though there are supposed to be only 2 by now) is $3.3 billion to $4.5 billion.
Everybody should care about this because the money is coming from everyone who pays the state gas tax.
Joint statement on Alaskan Way Viaduct
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire, King County Executive Ron Sims and Mayor Greg Nickels today issued the following statement on the forthcoming Alaskan Way Viaduct decision:
"Representatives of Washington state, Seattle and King County, with input from key stakeholders, have made great progress on a recommendation to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct by 2012. Since our last viaduct oversight committee meeting, there continues to be extraordinary stakeholder response to the list of potential viaduct replacement options.
"As a result of the continued overwhelming response and input on replacement options from stakeholders, we have asked our respective transportation teams to continue their review. Once this information is in hand, and working closely together, a final recommendation will be made to the state Legislature in January.
"The replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will have a lasting affect on Seattle and the Puget Sound region. We only have one chance to do this right. It is imperative that we find the best option that addresses not only financing, but also solves safety, economic, capacity, and environmental concerns. I have heard from many businesses, small and large, local municipalities, elected officials, and residents that all have a stake in the future of this critical transportation system. We owe it to the residents of the Central Puget Sound to make the right decision."
To view recent stakeholder letters and the memorandum of understanding, please visit: http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/2008-12-18_mic_letter.pdf;
http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/2008-12-22_viaduct_letter.pdf; http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/2008-12-18_viaduct_letter.pdf; http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/2008-12-17_viaduct_letter.pdf; http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/awv_short_mou.pdf; http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/awv_long_mou.pdf; http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/awv_motion.pdf