Judge approves Seattle tunnel vote with a catch

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 14 at 2:06 PM

SEATTLE – A judge reaffirmed Friday that there will be a public vote on the state's planned deep bore tunnel under downtown Seattle to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. But the ballot language will be very limited.

The question will not be a simple yes or no measure. Instead, Judge Laura Gene Middaugh ruled the public will vote on whether to cancel the City of Seattle's agreements with the state to begin work on the project.

"The people of the City of Seattle have a right to be involved in that process," said Middaugh.

The vote will be on the August ballot. The state is already considering an appeal or an injunction to block it.

Tunnel supporters say no matter how the vote goes, they will find a way to build it.

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