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Seattle Chamber Supports Tunnel, Accessible Waterfront

Ian Scott on Friday, August 14, 2009 at 6:17:07 pm

A big issue in Seattle's upcoming mayoral and city council elections is what to do about replacing the Alaska Way Viaduct, an elevated freeway that is currently a physical barrier between downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound.  The options, dig a tunnel and add transit options, or revamp surface transportation.  $2.4 billion in state funding has already been allocated for the tunnel, but campaign rhetoric suggests the battle is not over.

The Greater Seattle Chamber has been actively involved in this issue for a long timehas lent their voice to the debate with a chairman's message that builds that clearly builds the case for the tunnel.  The call to action - forward to message to friends, family and colleagues to set the record strait.  Here is an excerpt from that message -

" ...instead of getting a world-class waterfront which our citizens can enjoy, the surface option would have given us a super-sized parking lot for cars and trucks on the waterfront, downtown and I-5. Indeed, an independent consultant retained by the city of Seattle concluded that the surface plan would have undermined the livability of downtown and its pedestrian feel by choking up city streets. Our citizens deserve better."

This is a great example of a chamber community leadership in helping maintain focus on long-term priorities - effective transportation and a walkable waterfront - in the face of loud political rhetoric.

Click HERE to read the full message from the Chair of the Seattle Chamber.

Click HERE for more details on this story from the Seattle PI.

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