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Doing the viaduct: Resolved

Third message up on Washington Governor Chris Gregoire‘s brand new Twitter account: “The tunnel bill is signed! Thanks to mayor, county exec, port and lege for support. New jobs, waterfront, and transpo capacity coming soon.”

Good timing; she had something of substance to report.

There will be no end of ongoing talk about the Alaskan Way viaduct, for as long as there is such a thing, but today marks a turning point: Law is signed setting in motion a reconstruction effort to reroute traffic through Seattle. It’s a pretty big day.

Getting this new project – a tunnel approach, already estimated to be the most expensive realistic option on the table – done and within budget will be a challenge.

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