McDermott criticizes Army Corps over Seattle seawall project

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

SEATTLE -- Congressman Jim McDermott (D) on Friday said the Army Corps of Engineers is dragging its feet on the Seattle seawall replacement project.

McDermott, who represents West Seattle, said the Army Corps was ordered in 2007 to conduct feasibility and environmental studies and to get the necessary permits in place. He wants the Viaduct and seawall replacement projects to happen at the same time so the Seattle waterfront can be put on stronger footing with the least disruption.

The Army Corps told KING 5 News Friday that they are working with McDermott to improve communication and believe many aspects of the complicated project are on schedule.

The Seattle Council is meeting Monday to discuss the project and may later move to put a $300 million to $400 million bond issue on the ballot this fall to fund a new seawall.

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