King County Executive Dow Constantine today vowed to continue pursuit of funding for replacement of the county’s South Park Bridge after King County's application for federal stimulus funding to replace the South Park Bridge was not approved.
King County Executive Dow Constantine today vowed to continue pursuit of funding for replacement of the county’s South Park Bridge:
“I am very disappointed for the people of King County that our application for federal stimulus funding to replace the South Park Bridge was not approved.
“While the bridge competed against a lot of other worthy projects, replacing this key transportation link is imperative to the economic health of affordable, diverse neighborhoods and the hundreds of industrial businesses that depend on direct vehicular access to State Route 99 and Interstate 5. It may not be a glamorous or high-profile project, but it’s one that is vitally important to our economy and our society.
“I am determined to pursue funding for this project through future TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant cycles, the jobs bill, other federal appropriations, and the state Legislature. I thank Senator Patty Murray and the Washington delegation for their unwavering support of federal funding for this project. It’s my hope that their hard work will keep the South Park Bridge near the top of the list in future funding cycles.
“I will also keep working with the King County Council to explore funding options that can provide a local match to federal funding opportunities for this and other unfunded projects around the county.
“Under the Road Services Division budget adopted by the Council last fall, the bridge is scheduled to be closed at the end of June, and eventually removed.”