West Seattle, Washington
The first, and apparently only, count of the night for the viaduct vote is in:
Tunnel – 70% no.
Replacement-a-duct – 55% no.
More ballots to be counted tomorrow (and beyond).
two meaningless results from two meaningless measures… I suppose many will see this as mandate somehow for whatever option they support.
Wishing we had an option of “I don’t care, just do SOMETHING!”
Aside from the fact that the vote was pointless, KC Elections is running the show, so we will never be certain of the actual outcome.
a miooion bucks…that could have been used for something useful….like healthcare, education. Many will see this as a mandate for a surface option…dreamers all…6 lanes of 55 mph traffic along the waterfront. Park? Dream on…
I am tired of the “let’s do nothing” attitude of the citizens and gov’t. of this city and state. I’m embarrassed that Greg Nickels is a West Seattle boy. I’m fed up with a constant “let’s send it back to the drawing board” vote of the citizenry of this city. Hiding your heads in the sand until something else comes along won’t do it for me. I guess the next thing is to vote the do-nothings out, and get someone who will accomplish something…wonder who that might be?
my point exactly… I personally prefer the 6-lane tunnel, but since that was yanked at the last minute, I guess I am a head in the sand guy. I am very disappointed with the “leadership” being shown by our electeds. They are in office to make tough decisions and they just blew a million bucks to take an opinion poll. If they were that out of touch with the electorate, I say it is time to send em packin’
I am certain everyone could have come up with about 100 other things to do with that money – wonder how many teachers or cops that could have paid for. Now? It’s just flushed….
Go Tunnel!!!!!!!! Its about time. But the real ? is..are our votes going to count?
Nothing is going to happen. Nothing at all. Typical Seattle… too much fighting, too much studying, too much redesigh, too much fighting about redesigh, too much studying about the redesign. Mother Nature will take care of the problem for us eventually. Hopefully it will come in the night to lessen the carnage.
Don’t make me come up with a design to submit so we can start this whole mess over again.
JUST DO ANYTHING – nike should think about that slogan! :)
Has anyone looked into http://www.seattletube.org? I started reading about it from a post on the WSB last Friday. Think about it from a West Seattle view.
#1 – No road closures would ever occur. The ribbon cutting ceremony would signify the new road is now open and the viaduct would be closed. We’ve managed to put a price tag on the construction processes of the tunnel and viaduct, however, there is the intangible dollars/time spent getting too and from work adding time away from those who are important to you.
#2 – West Seattlites and Ballard folks could still access their “back door” to downtown with a new 4 lane surface option along the waterfront. With proper planning, there could be new parks and bike trails along our cities’ waterfront.
#3 – It adds another route through the city. Rather than adding a new viaduct with the same amount of lanes or a tunnel along the waterfront that has fewer lanes than we currently have, we’d have a new route through. A new 4-lane transit friendly surface street could then be built to allow more and faster bus service from the south, southwest and north.
Please look at the Tube as an option. Take a look at the projects being done world wide with this same technology and engineering. It’s worth the consideration, however, may make too much sense for our city and state government.
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