Update ericn in the comments links to the awesome video. This thing may go way, way underneath the bus tunnel.
There’s a lot going on with this viaduct replacement, here are links to some of the highlights.
- The funding picture is becoming a bit more clear. The state is still on the hook for $2.8 billion, which means they will need to come up with another $400 million, but the Port of Seattle might chip in $300 million in Sodo, the City will need to raise $930 million for the seawall replacement, the park on the waterfront and the First Ave Streetcar, and King County will impose a car-tab tax of 1% to buy buses and pay for transit services. I’m not sure whether the county can do that without a vote, I’ll get back to you quickly on that one. The Port’s money depends on the bond market.
- The space between the water and the first buildings east of the waterfront is very wide at some places, I bet the city could get that $930 mn by selling development rights or 99-year leases on the land.
- The West Seattle Blog went to the press conference this morning, and has the details of how it went down.
- I guess I’m not the only one who hates the tunnel: an anti-tunnel initiative has been filed with the city. I have to say, this might be a waste of time since it’s the state paying for the tunnel. If these guys earnestly want to kill this option, they should call up Tim Eyman and get a state-wide initiative filed. As much as I hate it, I wouldn’t that far.
- The Big Dig comparison are probably not fair, since the thing isn’t a day late at this point.
- This Times piece sheds a bit of light on the political workings the Nickels team had to go through to make the tunnel work.
Original image moved below the fold.