Politics Hidden Costs
posted by December 5 at 15:21 PMon
As you know, both the costs for Nickels’s tunnel and the costs for rebuilding 520 skyrocketed thanks to updated construction inflation. Nickels’s tunnel, for example went from costing between $2.2 billion and $3.3 billion to now, between $3.6 and $5.5—a potential 66 percent increase.
The other projects that are part of the RTID package—like SR 167 and the Cross Base Highway—also got an inflation reality check. But WashDOT isn’t releasing those numbers.
The numbers exist, I was told by a WashDOT spokesperson Hadley Green, but she explained that WashDOT is waiting until Governor Gregoire releases her budget on December 18 before unveiling the new numbers. The apparent logic: The Governor’s budget will have an impact on RTID’s project choices.
But the numbers exist?
And the public can’t see them yet?
We’re doing a public records request so we can take a peek.
I just talked to another WashDOT spokesperson, Joy Carpine, who says her colleague got it wrong. The numbers are not ready yet.
Spidey senses are tingling.