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• Smart Cities Dive reports that Seattle has appointed retired U.S. Air Force Major General Michael Worden to help with the city's development challenges in the wake of the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure and other mega-projects.
• If successful, what can we learn from appointing a "mobility coordinator" to cities that are expanding and transforming?
Construction crews are rebuilding portions of SR 99 to move it into a replacement tunnel following the viaduct closure. The new tunnel is slated to open in early February and will run for two miles under downtown Seattle. The re-worked roadway will be free to use at first, but tolling is expected to begin later this year.
For an estimated three weeks — and possibly up to six weeks — while the transition from the viaduct to the new tunnel takes place, drivers will have to figure out different ways to get around. This traffic re-routing is a big deal for the Seattle area when taking into account that about 90,000 vehicles use the viaduct each day. A portion of those are expected to flood already crowded surface streets. Add to that other big projects taking place in the city and it equates to a congestion nightmare.
Read the full article about Seattle's new 'mobility czar' by Katie Pyzyk at Smart Cities Dive