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January 02, 2007

Highways Tab Rises Again

The Seattle Times reports that highways are going to be even more expensive than projected.  Again.

Highway projects in the Puget Sound region will cost at least 31 percent more than earlier estimates.

Even if voters pass a huge ballot measure in November, new state figures show that the plan will deliver fewer road lanes to ease congestion in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

Suburbs south of Seattle could face the most dramatic cuts.

Thirteen regional projects now require $16 billion to build as originally hoped, up from $12.2 billion as of last January, a Seattle Times review found. So far, only $10.2 billion is earmarked from the ballot proposal plus existing gas taxes — leaving a $6 billion gap.

The total will be higher if Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct is replaced with a tunnel instead of a less-expensive elevated structure.

Couple thoughts on this:  This just shows the folly of trying to road-build our way out of gridlock.  Tying together roads and transit at the polls in a both-must-win-or-everyone-loses scenario is increasingly clearly ridiculous. And, isn't the streets-and-transit Viaduct option sounding better and better by the minute?

Posted by Jon Stahl on January 2, 2007 at 09:59 PM in Ballot Initiatives, Policy | Permalink


In a word, no.

Posted by: ivan | Jan 3, 2007 9:40:39 AM

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