“Today’s announcement of the plan to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct represents an unprecedented agreement among the city, county, state, Port of Seattle and private sector that sets the stage for a 21st century waterfront that meets our community’s transportation, environmental and social needs.
“As representatives of the 36th Legislative District, we applaud this decisive action for how it will enhance the city and entire region. This integrated surface, transit and deep-bored tunnel option will benefit the whole region by strengthening mobility through the I-5 corridor for passengers and freight headed to and from the Port of Seattle. Moreover it enables our waterfront to continue to support family-wage jobs.
“The integrated plan also represents a massive win for transit, as it outlines an investment in capacity for 17,000 new riders. We have all witnessed the recent boom in transit ridership, so this plan is reflective of the region’s appetite for increased capacity.
“Although today is important, the process continues as we head into the legislative session in Olympia, where debate will continue on this plan. In particular, we recognize work remains to be done in ensuring ample funding and full access for all areas of Magnolia, Queen Anne and Ballard, including our essential maritime, manufacturing and industrial sectors. We also expect to embark on a comprehensive conversation about tolling as a potential funding mechanism for this and other mega-projects.
“As the discussion continues, we look forward to working with Speaker Chopp, Senate Majority Leader Brown, House Majority Leader Kessler, House Transportation Committee Chair Clibborn and Senate Transportation Committee Chair Haugen to finalize a plan during this legislative session.”