A public vote has rejected replacing Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct either with a mile-long tunnel or another elevated structure. City and state transportation officials say they will start over to collaboratively develop a new solution. “We all agree on one fundamental thing, that the viaduct must come down before it falls down,” says Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire (D). The new deadline for a replacement plan is 2009. City officials may allocate $8 million to study replacing the viaduct with a surface street design. About $900 million of engineering and design work will begin in the meantime on such projects as removing the viaduct’s southern portion, and replacing it with surface streets. In addition, columns will be stabilized and strengthened, utilities will be relocated and the Battery Street Tunnel will get ventilation, seismic and safety upgrades.
Voters Reject Seattle's Road Plan
March 26, 2007