$ to plot a viaduct-less future

SCENIC_Alaskan_Way_AWV1.jpgThe City Council just officially approved its $8 million plan (which will apparently take a year to draw up, so guess the viaduct’s not going anywhere any time soon) to try to figure out how we would all get around without a viaduct or a tunnel. Press release text after the click:


Council Approves Road Map for Viaduct Replacement
$8.1 million to develop a plan for improving urban mobility without an elevated highway

The Council today, unanimously approved a measure directing $8.1 million to develop an Urban Mobility Plan that replaces the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a range of strategic transportation projects.

Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck, Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee, said, “The replacement of the viaduct is a fantastic opportunity to begin the creation of a 21st century transportation system. The car can no longer rule all our decisions. There’s got to be a better way.”

The Council directed the Seattle Department of Transportation to propose changes to the existing surface street grid and transit service to absorb the Viaduct’s current share of vehicle trips.

Councilmember Jan Drago, Chair of the Transportation Committee, said, “The billions we will spend replacing the Viaduct will only be a sound investment if we focus on moving people and goods, not vehicles.”

Council President Nick Licata said, “We cannot guess how many of the Viaduct’s vehicle trips will be absorbed by downtown streets or improved transit; we need hard numbers before we take down the Viaduct.”

The Seattle Department of Transportation will now have 45 days to work collaboratively with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the King County Department of Transportation to produce a scope of work to present to the Council. After the Council approves that scope of work, the Urban Mobility Plan should be completed by July 2008.

Upon completion the Urban Mobility Plan will include transit and other proposed improvements to the entire downtown street grid, major entry points to downtown, and the Alaskan Way corridor along the central waterfront; strategic investments in Bus Rapid Transit, HOV lanes, transit priority lanes, and other mechanisms to enhance mobility; enhancement of bicycle and pedestrian access and safe use for the entire corridor; and other traffic-management techniques including, trip-reduction strategies to reduce the number of vehicles on downtown streets.

6 Replies to "$ to plot a viaduct-less future"

  • Jan May 29, 2007 (4:54 pm)

    you know, I’m very aware that there has to be an option for the viaduct, but…8 mil? geez…who the hell is doing this study?…couldn’t they pay that guy 4 mil, and use the other half to feed the people that need to be fed in this city? or something like that?

  • flipjack May 29, 2007 (6:02 pm)

    I agree Jan. 8 million for a damn study. Ya know if we’d spent the money we’ve done on all the studies over the years on ACTUAL, PHYSICAL MASS TRANSIT THAT WORKS we’d all be a lot better off!!!
    That’s all this town knows is how to waste money screwing around, avoiding the issue. It’ll most likely be mother nature that makes the first move to bringing the viaduct down and I don’t want to think of the human cost in that.
    This place needs some real leaders I tell ya that.

  • neo-realist May 29, 2007 (9:18 pm)

    If Steinbrueck really believes that the car can’t rule our decisions, why doesn’t he talk with sound transit about getting some light rail or any kind of rail running from west seattle into the north/south light rail route.

  • mags May 30, 2007 (8:24 am)

    Maybe if God really loves us, the viaduct will tumble down upon the entire city council as they hold a press conference from the lower deck announcing yet another assinine study of alternatives to the viaduct. Maybe tax incentives for all of us to walk downtown would be money better spent (and take us all less time) than any alternative these morons will come up with. I’ll have retired and have no reason to go downtown before they actually get anything solved.

  • Tom May 30, 2007 (8:54 pm)

    mags you cracked me up!

  • Tish June 2, 2007 (12:06 am)

    Me too!

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