Maybe McGinn is right about the tunnel

Jul 19, 2010, 5:40 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

About 63 percent of Seattle residents agree with Mayor Mike McGinn’s position that the city should not have to pay for cost overruns on the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct along the waterfront.

That’s the finding in a new poll from our news partner KING 5 and Survey USA.

While the majority of the Seattle City Council and Governor Chris Gregoire have signed off on the tunnel project, Seattle’s Mayor has said he does not want city taxpayers to pay if the tunnel goes over budget. Last week a consultant said given the complexities of the project, cost overruns are likely.

The Mayor’s strongest support comes young people in the 18-34 age range. 73 percent in that age range agree with McGinn’s position. He also gets support from those older than 65, with 62 percent agreeing with him.

Overall 47 percent of those surveyed support the tunnel, and 46 percent oppose it. More than half of those polled, 58 percent, think there should be a public referendum on the tunnel project.

Viaduct

DOT photo of the Alaskan Way Viaduct through Seattle.

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Maybe McGinn is right about the tunnel