April 20th, 2011 by Mike
Last month Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn finished a walking tour of our sister neighborhood blog Maple Leaf by saying he had new information about the proposed deep-bore tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
“The deep-bore tunnel, with tolls, causes more congestion and delay on city streets than any other option,” McGinn told the March 19th meeting at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.
Apparently he repeated the claim on KUOW public radio last week, according to Sunday’s Seattle Times “Truth Meter:”
The claim: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said last week on a radio appearance that the
state’s data show the planned Highway 99 tolled tunnel would cause the worst downtown congestion of all options to replace the 58-year-old Alaskan Way Viaduct.
What we found: half true
We took a look at the same numbers, and the state does predict its tunnel plan would mean more car traffic in the area, which the anti-tunnel McGinn points to as more congestion. But the state’s research also says drivers would reach
their destinations sooner compared with the surface-transit option McGinn favors. Because of that, we find McGinn’s statement half true.
You can read the full story here in The Seattle Times.
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March 29th, 2011 by Gladys
Supporters of an anti-tunnel referendum submitted 28,928 signatures to the Seattle City Clerk’s office Tuesday morning, trying to ensure the measure advances to a public vote.
From our news partners at the Seattle Times:
The referendum needs 16,503 valid signatures to qualify for the Seattle ballot. City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons accepted the referendum petitions at 10 a.m. in her City Hall office. King County Elections will verify the signatures. Verification is expected to take at least two weeks. Meanwhile, the ordinance it is designed to put to a vote — involving agreements between the city and state to proceed on the deep-bore tunnel — is scheduled to take effect Wednesday. That means legal action to block the referendum could come as early as Tuesday.
For more information on the tunnel opposition effort, check out the group Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel, headed up by Magnolia resident Elizabeth Campbell.
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