City completes Spokane Street Viaduct, largest city transportation project in three decades
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Peter Hahn today announced additional funds to be invested in sidewalks, basic road maintenance, upgrades to the City’s traffic signal system, work to complete the Burke-Gilman "Missing Link" and support for Seattle’s updated Transit Master Plan. These investments, totaling $11.75 million, are possible due to SDOT finishing the Spokane Street Viaduct project under budget. The department achieved the cost savings through a favorable bidding climate and strong oversight of the $163 million project, the largest city transportation project completed in several decades.
"We are working hard to capture these savings and spend them on the things that Seattleites care about," said McGinn. "That’s why we are using these dollars to support pedestrian safety, invest in basic infrastructure upgrades, road maintenance and planning for the future. I thank our Department of Transportation for their stewardship of taxpayer dollars in their work to bring in Spokane Street under-budget."
The work that will be funded by these savings include:
The funding for this work is included in Mayor McGinn’s Supplemental Budget proposal to the City Council for the first quarter of 2013.
"By completing the Spokane Street Viaduct project under budget, we are able to fund needed transportation investments elsewhere in Seattle," said Hahn. "These resources will help make walking, driving and biking easier and safer for everyone."
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