Via Crosscut, State House Speaker Frank Chopp has gone public with his high-concept viaduct replacement: an enclosed highway with shops underneath and a park on top. No cost figures yet, but I’m sure hundreds of millions would be conservative.
I’m not prepared to comment on the merits of this project, were it free. But, I really have to ask the residents of the 43rd district: is this who you want to represent you in the House? Is this really the biggest problem the city has? The biggest transportation problem, even?
If you’re a light rail fan, with this kind of money you could massively accelerate opening day. Or, you could get a pretty good start on Ballard/West Seattle. Even if ST2 goes down, you could probably get to Northgate with this cash.
If you don’t like trains, you could pretty much solve Metro’s operating and funding problems in the city for a decade or so. But instead, Frank Chopp is using his limited ability to push for his district’s interests by pushing a pet road project.