(This post is part of a series.)
Two headlines today, on replacing the crumbling Alaskan Way Viaduct, the aerial highway through downtown Seattle that cuts off the city from its waterfront:
Seattle P-I: Viaduct Funding ‘Impossible’: Sen. Murray says U.S. won’t put up $1 billion
Seattle Times: Murray Says Viaduct Request is DOA
Now, I’m not one to say “I told you so.” No, wait. Actually, I am.
But, more seriously, this is going to put a crimp in the city’s plans for replacing the viaduct with a tunnel. Which means that the city will have that much more time to consider whether—with all theothertransportationprojects planned or underway in the region—the $4.1 billion tunnel project is really worth the cost.