Murray Announces $12.8 Million for Seattle Area Bridges

Jul 10 2001

Alaskan Way Viaduct and Magnolia Bridge will receive federal funding in Senate Supplemental Appropriations Bill

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced federal aid totaling $3.8 million for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and $9.0 million for the Magnolia Bridge, both badly damaged in the Nisqually earthquake. Senator Murray secured the disaster relief in the 2001 Senate Supplemental Appropriations bill.

"These funds will set us on a course to address the serious infrastructure problems resulting from the Nisqually Earthquake. Thousands of city residents are inconvenienced daily as a result of the damaged Viaduct and Magnolia Bridge. This assistance is a first step towards repairing both of these vital transportation links," Murray said.

The Nisqually earthquake battered the 2.2-mile Alaskan Way Viaduct, which carries 100,000 vehicles each day. The $3.8 million secured by Senator Murray will hasten the completion of a study by the City of Seattle and the Washington Department of Transportation on how to replace the viaduct.

The earthquake also damaged 27 support braces of the Magnolia Bridge, which is the primary arterial connection from the Magnolia neighborhood to the rest of Seattle. The $9 million secured by Murray will begin the process of replacing the 72-year-old bridge and will support efforts to help the City of Seattle begin engineering and environmental impact studies to avoid a catastrophic collapse during a future quake.

"Although federal agencies have made excellent progress providing assistance to Washington residents and businesses, more must be done to help stabilize the recent earthquake's far-reaching economic aftershocks," said U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). "Alaskan Way Viaduct and Magnolia Bridge are vital links between home, work and school for thousands of Puget Sound residents and avenues of commerce for local businesses. The appropriations for the Viaduct and the Bridge will help us meet our region's safety and transportation needs for these residents."

Murray also noted, "Despite these important monies, we still have a lot of work to do to fully address earthquake related needs in Washington state. I will continue my work at the appropriations committee, with community leaders and the appropriate federal agencies on earthquake relief."