SEATTLE -- The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced Thursday that they will notfile an appeal to block the Seattle tunnel referendum from an August ballot.

The referendum, if approved, will give the Seattle City Council the power to proceed with the state to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

In a statement Thursday, transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said, We look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with thecouncil as we replace the seismically vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct after 10 years of public debate and evaluation of more than 90 different options.

If the bored tunnel receives approval, WSDOT hopes to start construction this fall.

To view more information on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall replacement click here.

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