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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Seattle City Council approves agreement with King County regarding South Park Bridge funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/28/2011  4:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dana Robinson Slote  (206) 615-0061


Council President Richard Conlin

Seattle City Council approves agreement with King County regarding South Park Bridge funding 

SEATTLE – Today the Seattle City Council passed C.B. 117107, (8-0) authorizing execution of an Interlocal Agreement between King County and the City of Seattle for the replacement of the South Park Bridge, including a pledge of $15 million from the City of Seattle.

The Council was the first entity to pledge funds for this project. On June 9, 2010, all nine Councilmembers signed a letter  supporting a $15 million appropriation. The Seattle City Council also made the South Park Bridge replacement a priority for the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery II (TIGER) grant. King County was granted $34 million through the TIGER program.

“Replacing the South Park Bridge is critical to a neighborhood with a high percentage of low-income residents and businesses that rely on access provided by the bridge, including residents and businesses located within the City of Seattle,” stated Council President Richard Conlin. “This is an important component to a safe and economically viable area that could suffer without this thoroughfare. The community has been seriously impacted by the bridge’s closure since last June.” 

The bridge replacement will benefit the County and City and the industrial areas of the Duwamish manufacturing and industrial center by reducing traffic congestion in and around other county and City roadways. This project will also support new and existing jobs, and improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, while bringing benefits to air quality and waterway restoration.

The legislation defines roles and responsibilities regarding the funding and construction of a new South Park Bridge, and ratifying and confirming prior acts. Under the agreement, the City will provide $10 million by May 1, 2013, and the additional $5 million upon completion of the project.

Please visit King County’s South Park Bridge project site for more information.

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