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June 8, 2015

Viaduct park plan would cost $165M

SEATTLE — A consultant team backed by developer Martin Selig has concluded that converting the Alaskan Way Viaduct into a 14-block public park would be risky and expensive.

Selig is supporting a group called Park My Viaduct, which wants an elevated park along the waterfront to preserve the viaduct's views.

The consultant team includes global engineering firm BuroHappold Engineering; San Francisco-based Donald McDonald Architects; and Paul Silvestri from National Constructors Group, a construction and cost specialist.

In response to the study, Park My Viaduct now says it wants to build a new, mile-long elevated park that incorporates only one block of the existing viaduct.

The estimated cost for the structure is $165.2 million. It would include a bridge connecting the park to First Avenue at Union Street.

Park My Viaduct is working to bring a ballot initiative about the plan before Seattle voters.

See the study at bit.ly/1McpPTO.

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