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2009 Senate Bill 5768: Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project
  1. Introduced by Sen. Ed Murray (Seattle) (D) on January 30, 2009, requires the state to take the necessary steps to expedite the environmental review and design processes to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct with a deep bore tunnel under First Avenue from the vicinity of the sports stadiums in Seattle to Aurora Avenue north of the Battery Street tunnel.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on January 30, 2009.
      • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 20, 2009, to provide direction for the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The substitute sets funding limits at 2.4 billion state funds with 400 million from tolling. The substitute also directs WSDOT to conduct a traffic and revenue study for a SR 99 deep bore tunnel for the purpose of determining the facility's potential to generate toll revenue. The study results are due to the Governor and the Legislature by January 2010. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 20, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 20, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Ed Murray (Seattle) (D) on March 4, 2009, to clarify that the City of Seattle must pay for city utility relocation costs, rather than all utility relocation costs. State funding may not be used for any utility relocation costs. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 4, 2009.
  2. Passed 43 to 6 in the Senate on March 4, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 6, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on March 6, 2009.
      • Amendment offered in the House on April 2, 2009, to declare that the state will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct (Viaduct) with a deep bore tunnel, which must include four general purpose lanes in a stacked formation. Establishes that the state's maximum contribution to the Viaduct project is $2.4 billion. Provides that if the state's costs exceed $2.4 billion, no more than $400 million must be financed with toll revenue. Further provides that any costs in excess of $2.8 billion must be borne by property owners in the Seattle area who benefit from replacing the existing Viaduct with a tunnel. Provides that the city and county departments of transportation are responsible for the cost, delivery, and risks associated with the project components for which each department is responsible. Directs the Washington State Department of Transportation(WSDOT) to prepare a traffic and revenue study for the purpose of determining the bore tunnel's potential to generate toll revenue, and to provide a final report by January 2010 to the Governor and Legislature. Requires the state, city, and county departments of transportation to establish a single source of accountability for all elements of the Viaduct project. Directs the WSDOT to provide updated cost estimates for construction of the deep bore tunnel and for the full Viaduct replacement project to the Legislature and Governor by January 1, 2010. Requires that any contract entered into by the WSDOT for construction of the deep bore tunnel must include incentives and penalties to encourage on-time completion of the tunnel and to minimize the potential for cost overruns. Permits motor vehicles equipped with compression brakes to be operated in the deep bore tunnel. Modifies the emergency clause to take effect on July 1, 2009, instead of immediately. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 2, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on April 6, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Don Cox (R) on April 22, 2009, to permit certain vehicles currently authorized to use compression brakes to operate those vehicles in the deep bore tunnel. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 22, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Jay Rodne, (North Bend) (R) on April 22, 2009, to make ongoing funding of the Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project contingent upon whether certain milestones are met. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 22, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Bailey (Oak Harbor) (R) on April 22, 2009, removes emergency clause. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 22, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Judy Clibborn (Mercer Island) (D) on April 22, 2009, to establish that the state's contribution to the Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project shall not exceed $2.4 billion and provides that if costs exceed $2.4 billion, no more than $400 million must be financed with toll revenue and establishes that any costs in excess of $2.8 billion must be borne by property owners in the Seattle area who benefit from replacing the existing viaduct with the tunnel. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 22, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on April 22, 2009, strikes the following provision establishing that: state funding for the project must include at least $400 million in toll revenue; the Department of Transportation must provide updates cost estimates for the project; any contract entered into by the Department related to construction of the tunnel must include incentives and penalties to encourage on-time completion and to minimize potential cost overruns; the state, city, and county Department of Transportation must establish a single point of accountability for the project; the state, city, and county Departments of Transportation are responsible for costs, delivery, and risks related to their respective project components; and the state's contribution of $50 million for the South Spokane Street viaduct project is contingent on the city of Seattle funding and providingcertain city street improvements, among other things. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 22, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Brad Klippert, (Kennewick) (R) on April 22, 2009, to change many provisions in the underlying bill. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 22, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Sharon Nelson (Seattle) (D) on April 22, 2009, to remove the entire provision that conditions state funding for the south Spokane Street viaduct project on the city of Seattle's completion of certain city street improvements. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 22, 2009.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Dan Roach, (R-Bonney Lake) (R) on April 22, 2009, offers a striking amendment that changes and modified the provisions in the underlying bill. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 22, 2009.
  4. Passed 53 to 43 in the House on April 21, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on April 24, 2009, Senate agrees to House amendments. Passed 39 to 9 in the Senate on April 24, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Comments

Re: 2009 Senate Bill 5768 (Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project)  by glhadley on January 31, 2009 

What about the vote of the people?  It means nothing compared to stakeholder group meetings; it is not even worth mentioning in the bill.  Once again our elected panjandrums will decide for us what we need and ignore any input that they don't like.



Re: 2009 Senate Bill 5768 (Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project)  by glhadley on January 31, 2009 

This is only an emergency in the fevered minds of some of our legislature who wish to eliminate the possiblity of a citizen referendum.



2009 Senate Bill 5768 (Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project)  by admin on January 1, 2001 
Introduced in the Senate on January 30, 2009

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