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South Park Bridge: We've got enough money for a bridge!

Here is my count so far:

City of Seattle                                                            $15 million

http://blog.seattlepi.com/transportation/archives/211235.asp

County of King                                                           $40 million

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1655625/Top.Stories/South.Park.Bridge.Supporters.Scramble.To.Fund.Replacement

Puget Sound Regional Business Council                     $18 Million

“The Puget Sound Regional Council has apparently made an $18 million commitment, and signed a letter supporting the county’s application for the next round of Stimulus dollars.”

http://www.seattlepi.com/connelly/421824_JOEL16.html

Jim McDermott $5 million, but I think I can get          $20 million

http://westseattle.komonews.com/content/mcdermott-requests-earmark-new-south-park-bridge?page=1

King County (savings from leaving bridge as a Park)  $20 million

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011727695_southparkbridge29m.html

Taking Puget Sound Regional Council’s request for money to reimburse the payment-in-lieu of lawsuit (their and King Counties rubber-hosing of Joel Diamond)    $4 million

http://georgetown.komonews.com/content/funds-required-south-park-bridge-replaced

http://www.redstate.com/hickorystick/2010/06/13/south-park-bridge-they-are-stealing-our-bridge-to-supplement-port-property/

Selling the Strip of land between the Bridge and East Marginal Way to Boeing, instead of giving it to them.

$10 million

That’s $102 million dollars.  Yahhhhhh!

Now I would propose we spend this money wisely.

1.We need to have a South Park Regional Authority set-up so we aren’t continually abused and ripped-off.

2.  We should build the bridge at 8th Ave.  Their used to be one there.  This would go right past the community center, and connect South Park with Georgetown more directly.  It’s a more human route.

3.  We should hire a out of state contractor, and an out of state design firm, so that our funds aren’t distributed to every old college buddy of those in power.  We can save a lot of money this way; perhaps $20-30 million dollars.

Way to go South Park!  We won.