I just want to make it clear to the rest of the state that since the rejection of the tunnel and rebuild options at the polls, a consensus had been building in Seattle for the less expensive, surface/transit option to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. And now the state is essentially imposing the most expensive option, a deep bore tunnel.
All I can say is that state and city leaders better find the extra couple billion dollars from somewhere other than Seattle taxpayers, because if we’re forced to pick up the tab ourselves, there’s going to be an awful lot of resentment about being forced to pay so that north/south drivers can get through the downtown a few minutes faster.
Seattle taxpayers are extremely generous; we’re not shy about paying for infrastructure and services we want, and we’ve a long history of quietly subsidizing infrastructure and services in the rest of the state. But if you’re wondering why Seattle needs a $4.3 billion tunnel when a $2.8 billion alternative would do, don’t look at us.
Given the choice, I’d rather spend the extra couple billion dollars building light rail from West Seattle to the downtown, and onward to Ballard. But it doesn’t look like I’ll be given that choice.