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April 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Seattle City Council moves forward with seawall replacement bond measure

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously today to prepare a property-tax bond measure for the November ballot to fund reconstruction of the waterfront seawall.

Council member Jean Godden said the seawall is badly deteriorated and has a 1-in-10 chance of collapsing in a significant earthquake during the next 10 years.

The council will spend the next two months evaluating the scope and dollar amount of the bond measure to send to voters. City transportation staff last week gave a preliminary estimate of $300 million to replace the seawall, which is being devoured by bore worms and gribbles, a marine crustacean. The original seawall, which holds back Elliott Bay and supports Alaskan Way and the Highway 99 viaduct, was built between 1919 and 1936 and was meant to last about 50 years.

The city is trying to coordinate the work with construction of the new Highway 99 tunnel, which will replace the viaduct. The cost estimate doesn’t include additional improvements to the waterfront, such as rebuilding the city-owned piers 62 and 63, which are also badly deteriorated and no longer safe for public access.

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