Thursday, June 16, 2011

36th District Democrats Endorse Yes Vote On Tunnel Referendum #1

At least two-thirds of active PCO and other key Democrats located in the neighborhoods that border both ends of the proposed AWV Hwy 99 Tunnel have now endorsed the project. The 36th District composed of the Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Belltown, Fremont, and Greenwood neighborhoods recommended a yes vote yesterday. The 34th District comprising West Seattle and Vashon Island's neighborhoods endorsed a YES vote on the tunnel referendum last week.

These are the people that have direct experience traveling the Hwy 99 corridor and not eggheads sitting at the Stranger, in the Mayor's or councilperson O'Brien's office kept busy trying to make up sanctimonious and negative shit about building the tunnel. Both the 34th and 36th require a 2/3 majority of those voting for an endorsement.

Most elected officials have long supported the tunnel as the best option to replace the crumbling Alaskan Way Viaduct. Officials estimate that $800 million dollars would be lost if  tunnel construction were stopped now. Opponents have offered little in the way of actual concrete ideas on how to handle the traffic or what it would cost should the tunnel not be completed thereby  putting ALL traffic onto surface streets or the already gridlocked I-5.

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