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"Previous administration had promised too much": Road construction reduced



by Matt Markovich | KOMO News

"Previous government had promised too much": Road construction will be cut back (PHOTO: KOMO News)

Promises that will result in Move Seattle's relocation levy in 2015 will be missed in 2018 Seattle voters have approved everyone – $ 930 million for transportation and transit projects – an average of $ 280 per year for 9 years.

"The previous government had promised the public too much, which could be delivered with the money we had," Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Friday.

Durkan ordered a review of the tax expenditures and the Seattle Department of Transportation worked with the Move Seattle Oversight Committee to set priorities for project implementation.

"The feedback we received was, 'Tell us what you can do with what you have. Do not be too optimistic and give us quality over pure quantity, "said Lorelei Williams, deputy SDOT interim director of Capital Project Delivery.

Potholes are still being filled, bike lanes are still being built, more Rapid Ride buses are being added, but not to the extent promised. Milestones of road construction projects have been reduced.

"There are high construction costs." Williams said. "Seattle is a expensive place. We compete with other major projects for work and that can delay projects.

And some projects remain on hold, like the tram that connects Pioneer Square to the city center.

"It's not dead, but I think people have the right to know what it costs. "Durkan said. She said that SDOT projects require transparency.

"Personally, I think street cars are cool," said Durkan.

The new plan reflects reality.

"For the first time, there is a long-term plan based on good estimates and good facts," said Durkan.

But she said the SDOT spending redesign plan has an asterisk effect – delays in construction planning often plague long-term projects, and these could also affect other projects that come from the same money bin.


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