SR 519 Ribbon Cutting: April 12, 2010
Gov. Chris Gregoire and state and local leaders gathered on Mariner’s opening day to celebrate two achievements that mark significant progress toward replacing the seismically vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Gregoire celebrated the completion of the new S. Royal Brougham Way bridge, a signature feature of the SR 519 Intermodal Access project located between Seattle’s sports stadiums. The bridge eliminates the at-grade crossing of the railroad tracks on Royal Brougham for vehicles and pedestrians. The April 12th bridge opening will be followed later in the month by the opening of the new I-5/I-90 westbound off-ramp to S. Atlantic Street/Edgar Martinez Drive S providing an important freight connection to the waterfront and Port of Seattle terminals.

Gov. Gregoire, Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant and Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani also signed a memorandum of agreement to commit $300 million in Port funding to the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program. The funding is a critical share of the $3.1 billion budget to replace the viaduct. The Port of Seattle also contributed to the SR 519 project.
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