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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Freight Advocacy Group Probably Pledges $5 Million to Replace South Park Bridge

Posted by on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 3:50 PM

An independent board that advocates for statewide freight-improvement projects has made a soft pledge to contribute up to $5 million toward construction of a new South Park Bridge, according to King County Executive Dow Constantine's office.

The preliminary pledge, which comes from the project selection committee of the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB), will be considered at the Board’s next meeting in September, and if approved, and acted upon during the next state legislative session.

“On behalf of all the stakeholders who have been working tirelessly to obtain funding for this bridge, I want to thank the Freight Mobility Board for its support and for moving us another step closer to the finish line," Constantine said in a statement released today.

The South Park Bridge will take an estimated $130 million to replace. Thus far, $95 million has been pledged:

• King County — $30 million
• State of Washington — $20 million
• City of Seattle — $15 million
• Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) — $15 million
• State Transportation Improvement Board — $10 million
• Port of Seattle — $5 million
• Federal DOT-HUD funding bill - $3 million (pending Congressional approval)
• FMSIB — up to $5 million (pending approval by full board and state legislature)

And the county is a waltz away from submitting its application for a federal TIGER II grant for the balance of the funding. Meanwhile, county road engineers are moving forward with demolition of the 81-year-old bridge, which closed for good on June 30, and starting pre-construction work. Once full funding is secured, the county estimates another three years before a new bridge is in place and operational.

 

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South Park Bridge,

it seems everyone is only being fed one side of the story.
Since the bridge has closed, crime has gone down, it's quieter and cleaner and most of the biz on 14th is doing fine. There are a growing number of homeowners who are trying to get the city and state to recognize this. For every reason they say we need a bridge, in truth it was always a no bridge option choice in the early days, this project is about creating temporary jobs, netting federal funds and basically doing something just to do it.

Since south park is surrounded by heavy truck corridors, one more straight through the down town is of no use. There is alot more to this story, and SP is being used as a tool. and quite possibly the only opportunity it will ever have to become a safer more desirable place to live .....is being suppressed at what seems like every city county and state corner.

Since this began, I asked one question about this whole thing, why do we need a bridge?, given that so far without one, the quality of life for the residents and families and children of SP has gotten better......and no one, not he Bridge Coalition People, the city or the county have been able to provide one single response. on the neighborhood list , these questions remained unanswered by the community members, the thread ended with people posting "I want a bridge" as if they were sitting on Santa Clauses Lap. Finally on my own neighborhood list the request to just shut up were coming, silence, people wanted silence. in one of the greatest and open minded civilly outgoing cities in the US., when intelligent and thoughtful questions were unable to be answered, the response was for silence.

Because of this push there are bigger DOT players piping up in what appears to be a need to "Tow the line" but the logic doesn't hold water,
Traffic will be re-routed for at least four years, port of Seattle has already re-routed, the complaints of longer wait times, first attributed to the missing bridge are now connected to the construction and closure of Spokane and 1st and 4th avenue. the congestion due to this work is clogging Michigan access.

When the bridge closed it effectively cut off the ne'er do well and criminal element that has plagued SP and intermingled with it's own embedded criminal element,

it's quieter and cleaner and safer on 14th, without a bridge , there are now business incentives to offer entrepreneurs for a healthier grocer, a pharmacy and household goods, something that would end the need of the SP inhabitant to have to exit there own neighborhood and drive to obtain these things.

Instead with a replacement, we remain with a highway through our main street, and with the viaduct closure looming we have invited a super highway. and the incentives for biz on 14th remain for trucktires, axle grease and beer and cigs for the crossing ne'er do wells from the crack hotels on E. Marginal

The concepts of, instead of a replacement bridge, SP has a town plaza at the end of 14th , with green space, an amphitheatre and a public boat dock (all things that align with the SP action agenda, and Seattles urbandwelling plan goals have been outright dismissed.

For the resident of SP, their families and children, there is more opportunity here without a bridge and no one wants to talk about that.

This whole thing is being rushed, cobbled together, and shoved down anyone's throat who is even the slightest bit concerned that it may be a bad idea ,

and once the heroes have gone home to their nice neighborhoods...... it is the resident of SP and their families and kids who will be penalized for the next 80 years, with new battles of survival.
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Posted by cracker on August 25, 2010 at 12:08 AM · Report this
merry 8
Yay!!
Posted by merry on August 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Spicy McHaggis 7
Does it include bicycle lanes?
Posted by Spicy McHaggis on August 18, 2010 at 9:31 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Mostly, Luisita, it means really boring stuff. Like signs and yardarms that come down and the clangers when they send a rail car down, or elevated ped/bike crossings if it's in constant use - as I understand it, it's mostly the former.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM · Report this
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What exactly is a freight-improvement project? Does it mean raising standards on the type of freight that passes through Washington? Not garbage but darling baby animals? Or, garbage permitted but only nicely wrapped garbage? I had no idea that such a thing was needed.
Posted by LuisitaPhD on August 18, 2010 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
@2 interesting idea.

Heck, we could build both a Rebuilt Viaduct or a Surface Plus Transit option, plus fully fund the South Park Bridge replacement, plus build a Monorail line from Seattle Center to the Ballard Bridge and a Monorail line from the Stadiums to West Seattle.

And still have money left over.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 18, 2010 at 4:54 PM · Report this
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I have long worked with many Freight Advocacy groups and been a champion of Freight Rights.

Just last week I was at a protest for box cars that we're adequately RFID'd.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 18, 2010 at 4:40 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 1
Sweet!

Won't make a difference in the statewide and countywide results until the Billionaires Tunnel is killed by the Governor, mind you.

The South Park Bridge was essential - and embarrassing. If people had their act together, we should have expected to see funding for increased transit to keep the area functional during construction, but it's all being earmarked mentally for the Billionaires Tunnel fiasco and the giant sucking sound is just getting louder from that.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 18, 2010 at 3:57 PM · Report this

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