How things change…
Last month, Gregoire issued her findings on the viaduct options, saying the state could afford the $2.8 billion elevated highway but said the finance plan for the $4.6 billion, six-lane tunnel didn’t pencil out.
The overall project is estimated at $4.25 billion, with $2.8 billion coming from state gas taxes and federal bridge funds. That is supposed to cover the tunnel construction, as well as most of an interchange and elevated segment in Sodo.
How can “not having the money” be grounds to spike a tunnel in 2007, but not in 2009? What has changed, other than time?
In any case, back in 2007, State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43) seems to have nailed it:
Murray said he doesn’t believe the idea of eventually building a tunnel is dead yet.
“We’re not done,” he said.