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Should Seattle go on a “road diet”?

On Friday, September 17, 7:00 p.m., City Inside/Out with C.R. Douglas kick starts a new season by examining Seattle’s latest transportation controversy: road diets. On the heels of City plans to increase traffic and pedestrian safety and promote bicycle use, the Seattle Department of Transportation is reducing car lanes on some streets while adding bike […]

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Mayor McGinn Will Answer Your Questions

Do you have questions for Mayor Mike McGinn? What is the Mayor doing to create jobs in this recession? How does he want to close the City’s $56 million budget deficit? What feedback is the mayor receiving from neighborhoods regarding “road diets”? On Wednesday, September 8, 7 p.m., tune to to Ask the Mayor on Cable […]

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City Council President: No Tunnel Distraction

My fear would be if we wind up getting ourselves distracted, caught up in lesser priorities.

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Replacing the 520 Bridge

The plan includes building a second drawbridge over the Montlake Cut in addition to a new six-lane span over Lake Washington.

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Test boring for tunnel underway

Drilling has begun under downtown Seattle to test the soil conditions for boring a tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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$500 million pontoons

On June 22, 2009, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) began the process of identifying a contractor to build 33 concrete pontoons for a new State Route 520 bridge. WSDOT plans to hire a contractor for the $300-$500 million project by December 31, 2009.

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Stakeholders express concern about tunnel

During the week of June 8-12, 2009, the Washington State Department of Transportation [WSDOT] held its first round of public meetings about the proposal to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel. The Ballard News Tribune reported that attendees were concerned about how Ballard residents would access the tunnel.

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Is now the best time to build the tunnel?

On the May 27, 2009 edition of City Inside Out: Council Edition, Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, a longtime opponent of replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel, said, “I’ve never been a big fan of the bored tunnel but if they are going to do it-this might be the best opportunity.”. Seattle Channel […]

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Legislature approves tolling for SR 520 bridge

In April 2009, the Washington State Legislature approved tolls on the SR 520 bridge in order to raise money for the structure’s replacement. House Bill 2211 directs the Washington State Transportation Commission to set the amount of the tolls and to vary them by time of day, according to the final bill report prepared by non-partisan legislative staff.

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The cost of commuting across SR520 could add up

Commuters across the SR520 floating bridge may have to shell out $10 just to get across. That’s the current toll estimate from the January 29 House Transportation Committee Hearing in Olympia. Based on the proposal, the round-trip tolls of the new Evergreen Point bridge would range from $5.66 to $8.13 in today’s dollars and $6.90 to $9.90..

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