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January 20, 2005

Viadcut Tunnel Funding Impossible


Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said yesterday it will be "very, very impossible" for the federal government to dedicate $1 billion for building a replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct, presenting a major roadblock for Mayor Greg Nickels and others who support an ambitious $4.1 billion tunnel project.

Murray, the senior Democrat on the committee responsible for transportation funding, said Nickels and his allies must reassess their "pie-in-the-sky" assumptions in an era of tight federal budgets and cutthroat competition for limited transportation dollars.

"We've all got to really sit back and be realistic about what the expectations are and how the state can step up to fund these projects," Murray said yesterday during a session with reporters. more

Kudos to PeoplesWaterfront for keeping the issue of the no-rebuild option on the radar. They need $'s to keep their work going - please consider giving, I did.

Now, who's going to bitch-slap the Sonics and Howard Schultz for their pie-in-the-sky arena plans?

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