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Seattle Gets Vote on Downtown Tunnel

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Today, King County Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh ruled that Seattleites should have the opportunity to vote on a referendum authorizing the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel.

Next Friday, she will hear arguments that will help shape the precise language of that referendum.

Regardless of the final language, it does appear that Seattle residents will have a large say in whether the tunnel does or does not get built.

Seattle should get to vote on part of three City Council agreements pertaining to the state’s planned deep-bore tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a judge ruled Friday.

King County Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh said a section of the City Council agreements with the state on the $3.1 billion tunnel project is subject to referendum, but others aren’t.

The question now is how much of the referendum in its current form ultimately could go to voters in August and what authority the judge has to rewrite a referendum. She’ll hear arguments next Friday and is expected to decide shortly after …

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Judge-says-Holmes-can-t-sue-to-block-tunnel-vote-1377943.php


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