Pretty Green Wall

In case you weren’t paying attention over the summer, the list of options being considered by the Viaduct Stakeholder Advisory Committee no longer includes a retrofit/repair option. The mighty West Seattle Blog has posted piles of info. In short, the retrofit was taken off the table because it so blatantly fails to satisfy the safety and fiscal responsibility guidelines upon which the Stakeholder Committee must base their final recommendation. Not to mention that it also flunks two of the more qualitative guidelines: “enhance the waterfront as a place for people” and “foster environmentally sound approaches.”

But apparently the retrofitters still have a sliver of hope: the State has agreed to let Miyamoto International — the firm who’s 2006 report bolstered support for the retrofit — to have one more look, this time including analysis of the foundation and soil conditions beneath the viaduct. But the odds would appear to be long: “We don’t expect this will change the outcome at all,” according to WSDOT’s Ron Paananen.

I am so looking forward to the pandemonium that is sure to erupt in early 2009 when the Stakeholder Committee returns the only recommendation that it possibly can: a surface option. It will be a defining moment: Will the people step up and agree to do what is right, even in the face of risk and sacrifice? Or will selfishness and the short-term view rule the day?

11 Responses to “Pretty Green Wall”

  1. TR @ WSB

    Not so sure about “mighty,” but this I can say: Last few briefings we covered, it was noted that the Stakeholders’ Advisory Committee is NOT supposed to be coming up with a recommendation, but is instead supposed to be vetting ideas, concepts, providing feedback, etc. Exactly how, then, the process will end (with a simple “kthxbai” or ????), hasn’t really come up, but the “they’re not supposed to settle on a recommendation” has been made clear. As has the fact the “eight options” aren’t really “eight options” – they are like Lego creations, made from bits and pieces that can and probably will be dissembled, with the final product being a cobbled-together creation with elements from more than 1 of the so-called “options.”

  2. dorian gray

    The West Seattle Blog is a group of atrocious NIMBY’s. THey’ll claim they’re not NIMBY’s yet they rally to stop every project seemingly unaware that they live amongst surface parkinglots world renown for their business honesty.

    How did they get put in charge of such a city centric issue? So their new call to arms will be “we want a dedicated highway to our quaint area which detests the City of Seattle and nobody is welcome to live here by the way unless you were born here?”

  3. flotown

    I think a smaller ( than previously considered) tunnel or trenched tunnel are also very viable options at this point. The costs fall dramatically as the diameter of the tunnel decreases, so moving from 6 lanes to four lanes should result in a much lower cost than last time. The trench option allows costs to fall further because the life/safety issues are fewer with a partially covered trench than a cut and cover tunnel.

    Both of these options greatly reduce the through traffic into,say, Belltown, where we are trying to make more livable environments. The surface options all increase fourth avenue to five lanes and place more strain on second as well.

  4. BenskiBeat

    hahaha Dorian Gray just go back up to Cap Hill. Yeah, West Seattle, Highland Park, White Center, and Southpark are real exclusive neighborhoods.

  5. David Sucher

    “Will the people step up and agree to do what is right, even in the face of risk and sacrifice? Or will selfishness and the short-term view rule the day?”


  6. michael

    Any thoughts on the surface couplet option?

    Besides having to move a historic structure (building where Il Bocchalino (sp?) is located)slightly to the west, and transforming an otherwise peaceful and pleasant street (Western Ave) into a street with a bit more traffic, I wonder about the potential benefits of having half the amount of cars on the waterfront, a shorter pedestrian crossing across alaska way, etc.

  7. Baringer

    When they furthered their own agenda by voting down the initial bill, they stated quite clearly what their stance was and will be for the future far and wide. Vimax Pill

  8. Imogen Cooper

    southpark is great! the best cartoon that i have ever watched-;:

  9. Grady Gour

    I do not agree to all the statements you have made. But thats still “a good to read” article.

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