Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More Home Page
I want to search within the following: This Department
Follow UsTwitterFacebookFlickrpodcastCouncil Connections blogRSS feeds
Seattle City Council Home Page

Visit Individual
Councilmember Pages

Seattle City Council Sally Bagshaw Rob Johnson Kshama Sawant Lorena González Mike O'Brien Debora Juarez Bruce Harrell Lisa Herbold Tim Burgess
   Home    Contact Us Council Calendar News & Updates Committees & Agendas Current Issues Council Live Research City Laws  About Us 
Council Blogs
& Social Media Links
Meeting Agenda Archive
Meeting Video Archive

Current Issues
Past Issues
Audit Committee
OPA Review Board (OPARB)
Boards, Panels & Commissions
Seattle Transportation Benefit District
Customer Service Bureau

About Us/
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
Visiting City Hall
Access to City Hall for Individuals with Disabilities

Full Council Action Summary
Work Program
2012 Action Plan
2011 Annual Report
Council Visitors'
Sign in Sheets
Legislative Records

LIVE! Council Meetings
Seattle Channel
City Inside/Out
Audio Podcast

City Logo

Council News Release

1/24/2007  2:58:00 PM
Phyllis Shulman, Conlin Office, (206) 684-8805

State Legislative Leaders Respond Positively to the Initiative

Councilmember Richard Conlin, Council President Nick Licata, and Council Transportation Chair Jan Drago today offered the state a concrete, practical roadmap for starting work on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. In a letter to Governor Christine Gregoire and state legislative leaders, the City proposed breaking the political gridlock on the viaduct by implementing the proposals in a resolution unanimously approved last week by the Council with the Mayor concurring.

First, the City and the State should start work as soon as possible on the thousand little steps necessary to improve mobility during any construction period. Councilmember Conlin said, We can proceed to rapidly improve the movement of people and freight throughout the corridor. This will prepare us for the construction phase of the project, and generate mobility improvements.

Councilmember Conlin noted that whether the Central Waterfront ultimately has a tunnel, a new elevated structure, or a surface street option, there will be significant disruption due to construction. The State and the City agree that extensive mitigation, including boosting alternative transportation modes will be necessary during construction. The Citys list of steps includes expanding transit service and the West Seattle Water Taxi; renovating the Spokane Street Viaduct and adding a new connection from the Spokane Street Viaduct to Fourth Avenue South to better connect with downtown; improving the Spokane, Lander, and Mercer corridors; and better coordinating traffic signals to improve traffic in downtown and to the north.

Second, the governments should break ground on the part of the project south of King Street. There is agreement between all parties on the design, engineering, and funding plan for much of the section of the project south of King Street. Councilmember Conlin said, We suggest that the City and State proceed immediately with construction on that part of the project.

Finally, the resolution proposes that the governor, state legislators, city elected officials, and key stakeholders convene in a meeting to seek agreement on how to proceed with the Central Waterfront aspect of the project. Councilmember Conlin said, Such a meeting will save invaluable time that will otherwise be expended in various forms of conflict. That is another thing we all agree on: We must replace the viaduct as soon as possible.

State Legislative leaders responded positively to the Citys initiative. State Senator Erik Poulsen, D-West Seattle, said, The future of our city is at stake-we must start working with each other, not against each other, on a common vision. State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Queen Anne, said, I fully support these actions. We have to find a way to secure a positive outcome for the future of Seattle and the region.


A copy of the letter to the governor and the Council resolution are available below:

Letter to Governor Gregoire
Resolution 30959

City Council

Council Connection: News & Updates
Contact us

City of Seattle LogoSeattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave. 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Visiting City Hall

Access to City Hall for Individuals with Disabilities
Mailing Address:
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
City Customer Service: 206-684-2489
City Council Front Desk: 206-684-8888
Fax: 206-684-8587
TTY/TDD: 206-233-0025
Listen Line: 206-684-8566
Non -English Language Information