This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

The council approved fixing two crosstown arterials today, Spokane St. and Mercer St. It’s a green light with an asterisk, though. The council says that SDOT can do engineering work and even acquire property, but the Mayor has to show that he’s got a financing plan before construction can begin.

It sounds like a pretty big vote of confidence on the part of the council, that either the city will come up with the money from outside sources, or from the city itself.

Background here on the back-and-forth between the Mayor and the Council over these projects.