Special Committee on the Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct
February 28, 2011 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Nisqually earthquake, an event that served as a wake-up call for the region to develop a replacement solution that balances the critical need for corridor safety, freight mobility and economic vitality, while providing transit growth and an opportunity for a visionary waterfront.
In the summer of 2009, the State, King County, the Port of Seattle, and the City of Seattle signed a memorandum of agreement to signify the preferred Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) replacement option, a deep bored tunnel.
On February 7, 2011, the Seattle City Council approved C.B. 117101, accepting negotiated agreements that provide legally binding protections for the City of Seattle with WSDOT.
Voter approval of Referendum 1 in August 2011allows the City Council move forward with agreements that protect the City's best interests and undertake the next critical steps in contracting with the State to advance the bored tunnel program.
The agreements ensure that the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light are active partners on the project while the tunnel contractor finalizes designs and refines their construction approach.
Affirming these agreements for the next phase of construction will concur with the state announcement of the final Environmental Impact Statement and Federal Record of Decision, which is expected late this fall 2011.
- Seawall Ordinance
- Seawall Fiscal Note
- COUNCIL BILL 117101 - Entering into certain agreements with the State of Washington
- COUNCIL BILL 117101 - Mayor's Veto
- COUNCIL BILL 115720 - Adopting the tunnel alternative as the City of Seattle's preferred alternative for replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seattle Seawall.
- COUNCIL BILL 115737 - Relating to the central waterfront, declaring that an aerial highway along the central waterfront is discouraged by adopted City of Seattle ("City") policies, stating that construction of an aerial highway structure is inconsistent with current use and height regulations, and stating the City's intent to amend existing regulations and policies to further clarify that an aerial highway structure in the central waterfront area is inconsistent with the City's Comprehensive Plan.
- RESOLUTION 30918 - Requesting that the State of Washington (State) evaluate whether to proceed with the tunnel alternative at a point when actual costs can be better determined, requesting the State to work with the City on early implementation of certain elements of the Project, and providing for City analysis of a transit and surface streets alternative if the tunnel alternative proves to be infeasible.
- RESOLUTION 30724 - Adopting Guiding Principles for decisions related to the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Project.
- RESOLUTION 30725 - Establishing a framework for an Alaskan Way Viaduct/Seawall Project Safety and Transition Plan to effectively manage potential emergency closures and the lengthy transition to the changes in the transportation corridor, consisting of an Emergency Closure Plan, a Construction Strategy, the Center City Access Strategy, a Flexible Transportation Strategy, and a Targeted Investment Strategy, and creating meaningful public involvement opportunities related to these plans and strategies.
- RESOLUTION 30726 - Declaring the Tunnel Option as the City's Preferred Alternative for replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct/Seawall Project (the Project), and expressing preferences for the design and development of the Project.
- Attachment A to the Resolution on Guiding Principles