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Transportation secretary visits South Park bridge

By TIM HAECK
KIRO Radio

South Park neighbors are hoping the U.S. Transportation Secretary is paying attention to their bridge while he's in Seattle to mark the start of construction on Mercer Street.

People who live and work in South Park mounted a letter-writing campaign to Secretary Ray LaHood.

"I have a note right here on the front of my prepared notes that says 'South Park Bridge.' I've been hearing about it all morning," LaHood told the crowd gathered on Mercer Street Wednesday morning.

Senator Patty Murray is hoping for a $36 million grant that will complete the $130 million bridge replacement funding.

"I think I'll take a ride over there and look at it," LaHood said. The secretary did just that on his way out of town.

A decision on the next round of transportation grant funding is expected in October.

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