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Tag: Mercer Corridor Project

Urban Politics #292: The Budget and Rethinking Mercer West

May 13th, 2010

The City faces over $50 million in budget cuts next year on top of mid-year 2010 cuts of about $12 million. In light of these constraints I believe we must re-examine our current construction budget to see what savings we can realize. Close to $100 million is required for the Mercer West transportation project, which may increase the project’s principal and debt costs. For this reason it is critical we evaluate the design of Mercer West to determine if any savings can be achieved.


Urban Politics #265: Council May Vote $30 Million More on Mercer

November 10th, 2008

In the Budget Committee this week the City Council will consider whether to authorize spending $30 million for the Mercer Corridor Project in 2009 without first receiving the financial and environmental information it requested in Ordinance 122686 (passed in May 2008) as a necessary condition for the Mayor to proceed with the Mercer Project. The majority of Councilmembers referenced the ordinance’s intent in a September 30th letter by agreeing to review the project in 2009 before determining a proper course of action.


Urban Politics #262: Should the City Spend $43 Million on Citywide Transportation Improvements or on a Two-Way Mercer Boulevard?

September 30th, 2008

This UP announces an October 6 forum on the Mercer Project, and my proposal to redirect $43 million. A longer background explanation of the project follows, for those who are interested.


Urban Politics #255: Mercer Mess

May 5th, 2008

Tomorrow at the 9:00 a.m. meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee Councilmembers will vote on releasing $25 million for two of the most expensive non-utility capital projects the City has ever pursued: the Mercer Corridor Project and the Spokane Street Viaduct Project.


Urban Politics #186: Why Are Our Bridges And Roads Being Neglected?

October 27th, 2004

The short answer to the above question is probably because neglect is easier to handle than rejection: i.e. it is easier to ignore the bland maintenance of our transportation infrastructure than reject a sexy new mega-transportation project.


Urban Politics #185: The $200 Million Mercer Street Solution?

October 14th, 2004

The traffic congestion on Mercer Street and on Valley Street just south of Lake Union has been a problem that the City has been wrestling with for over 40 years. This week the Council approved the Mayor’s proposed solution as the main focus of an Environmental Impact Study (EIS), thereby almost assuring that the City will be plunging headlong into a major transportation project that our own Council staff has found to be fatally flawed.

This action is reminiscent of what the City Council did back in November 1970, when it


Urban Politics #160: Resolution On South Lake Union

June 13th, 2003

After much discussion the Council acted last Monday (June 9th) and passed Resolution 30610 affirming the City’s commitment to revitalize South Lake Union (SLU). I believe that the Council worked collaboratively to support a healthier environment for SLU.