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    Send in the cranes: Mega projects pack Seattle's construction pipeline

    A laundry list of major building awaits Seattle's next mayor. Can you say $16 billion?
    Construction on the 520 Bridge

    Construction on the 520 Bridge WSDOT

    Seattle's next mayor will have an in-box stuffed with reports on the city's many ongoing and large-scale public and public/private construction projects. Here is a rundown, complete with pricetags and timelines, on some of the biggest and most important infrastructure projects in the works or underway in our fair city. All the schedules and figures below are taken from public documents, press reports and/or estimates provided by the various oversight agencies.

    Elliott Bay Sea Wall
    Budget: $385 million
    Broad Street to University — Sept. 2013 - June 2014
    University Street to Madison — Sept. 2014 - June 2015
    Madison Street to Washington — Sept. 2015 - Feb. 2016

    Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project
    Budget: $3.1 billion
    Tunnel Boring — 2013-2014
    Tunnel Opening — 2015
    Viaduct demolition begins — 2016

    Waterfront Makeover
    Estimated Budget: $420 million
    Re-do begins 2016

    520 Replacement
    Budget: $4.1 billion
    New bridge open to drivers — 2014-2015
    Old bridge demolition begins — 2014-2015

    SoDo Arena
    Budget: $490 million (up to $200 million in public funds)
    Construction (if approved) — 2015-2016

    Mercer Project, Phase II
    Budget: $95 million
    Mercer West — 2013-2015

    Sound Transit
    Budget: $1.9 billion
    University Link Opens — 2016

    Sound Transit North
    Budget: $2.1 billion
    Husky Stadium to Northgate Construction — 2012-2019
    Service begins — 2021

    Sound Transit East Link
    Budget: $2.8 billion
    Design — 2013-2014
    Property Acquisition — 2014-2017
    Construction — 2015-2020
    Service begins — 2023

    Sound Transit Other
    Budget: $383 million
    South 200th Street (SeaTac) — 2016

    Kent/DesMoines Link
    Budget (early estimate): $403 million
    Scheduled start — 2023

    Lynnwood Link
    Budget (early estimate): $1.3 billion
    Scheduled start — 2023

    Port of Seattle
    Budget: $230 million
    SeaTac Airport NorthSTAR Renovation — 2014-2016

    Yesler Terrace Redevelopment
    Budget (estimate): $1 billion
    Sequence (10-20-year build out):
    Phase I — 2013-2014
    Phase II — 2014-2016


    Knute Berger is Mossback, Crosscut's chief Northwest native. He also writes the monthly Grey Matters column for Seattle magazine and is a weekly Friday guest on Weekday on KUOW-FM (94.9). His newest book is Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice, published by Sasquatch Books. In 2011, he was named Writer-in-Residence at the Space Needle and is author of Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. You can e-mail him at mossback@crosscut.com.

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    Posted Mon, Feb 18, 9:53 a.m. Inappropriate

    Where's the money coming from? We can't even adequately fund basic services (education, healthcare, housing) not to mention mitigating climate change.


    Posted Mon, Feb 18, 11 a.m. Inappropriate

    So with all this transit taking people here, there, and everywhere, where will people find the time for all that travel in the midst of very busy lives? Will these wizards of density and transit figure out how to make a longer day?

    And what about if one of us has the brass to want to visit another neighborhood but don't have 2 or 3 hours out of the day and the willingness to expose ourselves to germs, drunks, and the neglected mentally ill? How will we manage that when density is fully realized? Will the streets be empty and we'll finally be able to drive in peace and reach our destinations in a reasonable amount of time again? Or will we be trapped such that no amount of enticing marketing will lead us to travel to purchase the item of our desire? After all, if people aren't buying, people aren't working, and how do we do that when we are frozen in place in our overwhelmed "neighborhoods?"

    The practical day to day issues are being totally ignored in this rush to remove the old Seattle and replace it with the new. Sad


    Posted Mon, Feb 18, 11:46 p.m. Inappropriate

    hahahahahahahahaha. Total insanity. There is simply not enough money in this state to pay for all this mega excess.

    Buh bye Seattle (and Washington State). You can't afford the dinner you ordered, now what are you going to do?

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