SEATTLE—Governor Gregoire, Senator Patty Murray, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and several local lawmakers will gather today to talk about a $30 million grant to help fix the notorious "Mercer Mess."
While the announcement to use federal stimulus money to fund the Mercer corridor project is good news for commuters who travel to Seattle on I-5, it could be bad news for drivers who use the aging South Park bridge.
The project has been a part of failed ballot measures in the past and was left off the list when the federal government handed over $492 million in stimulus money last year.
A press conference will be held at 1:30 pm. Work on the Mercer corridor project could begin as soon as this summer.
But while Mercer Street will be fixed this summer, the South Park Bridge will close.
The aging and crumbling bridge over the Duwamish River will not get any federal funding from the "TIGER" grant. That's disappointing for the residents of South Park and White Center who use the bridge to get to the Duwamish industrial area and downtown Seattle.
King County Executive Dow Constantine says he's very disappointed, especially since the bridge is said to have a lower safety rating than the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
The 77-year-old bridge is expected to close at the end of June due to safety concerns.